Growing up, you always had a friend you could call to go to the mall at a moment’s notice. Or, a neighborhood friend who was ready for an impromptu game of one on one. But, as we get older, how we interact and make friends and social connections change. Fast forward 50 years and staying … Continue reading Shared hobbies and interests bring friends together in CCRC senior living communities
For Joan and Harry Hershey, Brethren Village Retirement Community has been a way of life in their family for many generations. Joan (pronounced Joanne) and Harry recently moved into Brethren Village in June, after Joan served on our Board of Directors. But Joan’s family has been an important part of both leadership and residency at … Continue reading Brethren Village Retirement Community, from generation to generation
Many adults love to drive, and it’s a pleasure that extends into the senior years for some. Maybe it’s the sense of control, the feeling of independence, or just the means to get where they want to go. Most older adults are good drivers, and both AARP and AAA agree that ability and health, not … Continue reading Active senior living can continue even if driving stops
Senior residential living at the best continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) offers independent older adults multiple choices in how they want to live and spend their time. At Brethren Village, our hope is to enrich the life of each person who decides to reside in our vibrantly social senior community. Words spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt … Continue reading Boredom is not an option here: the joy of senior residential living
When Brian and Wendy Albright got married in Brethren Village’s chapel in 1989, they didn’t foresee moving here nearly 30 years later. But that’s exactly what they did in November 2018. They relocated to Brethren Village’s independent living Village Townhouses on Brian’s 62nd birthday—the very first day they were eligible to reside here—making them among … Continue reading Brian and Wendy Albright—the new kids on the block at Brethren Village
We hope the current winter won’t rival 1996 when a blizzard on Jan. 7-8 dumped a record 30 inches of snow on Lancaster County. Nor would we welcome the sub-zero days of 1994—particularly Jan. 21, with a record low of minus 18 and a high of 9 degrees. Still, we can anticipate some very cold … Continue reading Tips for winter weather safety from our senior residential living community
Have you ever been to an arts and crafts show or a county fair, seen the handiwork of skilled artisans, and thought, “I wish I could do that”? Well, if you’re in or near retirement, now is the time when you can stop wishing and start doing. Creative expression in senior living has benefits for … Continue reading Retirees find creative opportunities at active senior living communities
Jack and Jim Forsha now live at Brethren Village Retirement Community with their wives, Billie and Jean. Remarkably, their individual paths through life have been strikingly similar, with one rarely making a major decision without the other one. It’s who they are, it’s what they know, and neither of them would have it any other way.
Two Residents at Brethren Village Retirement Community were the key sleuths in bringing joy to a family 300 miles away whom they had never met. You might call this “The Case of the Lost Testament.” Nick agreed with Leon, who said, “I am thrilled to have a part in finding the rightful owners of this valuable New Testament. After over 73 years, the mystery has been solved.”
Once you have decided to make the big move and have chosen your retirement home, what do you do next? The thought of moving may be exciting but possibly overwhelming as well. Adopting the philosophy of “short-term inconvenience, long-term improvement” might be helpful. Like many transitions in life, any current stress will give way to contentment. So, keep your goal of a more relaxed, simplified lifestyle fixed in your mind.