Over the past year, we have been working to expand and diversify the cultural and educational activities available to members of the Brethren Village community. Among our many programs for Residents and their families are musical performances, educational talks and opportunities for creative self-expression. These activities do more than simply entertain—they expand our Residents’ minds and spirits as well.
In the 1930s, Jessie Eckhart was the middle child in a non-traditional Lancaster family for that era. Her parents raised her and her sisters to participate in activities generally reserved for young men at the time, namely piloting airplanes and hunting. What’s even more surprising, though, is that Jessie, who moved to Brethren Village in … Continue reading Jessie Eckhart has her head in the clouds—and that’s just the way she likes it
Lancaster countians will come together for the sixth straight year on Nov. 17 to raise money to support vital good works accomplished by more than 400 charitable organizations throughout our community. And, as in the past, we expect that the response will be truly extraordinary.
When Don Roland was a kid growing up in the city of Lancaster, he loved listening to music and longed to play the accordion. The odds were stacked against him as those were the years of the Great Depression, and family finances wouldn’t allow the luxury of a musical instrument and lessons.
If you stop by for a visit to Brethren Village during autumn, you likely will see our resident seniors outdoors during temperate fall days—walking, biking or sitting and chatting with neighbors. You might also find some practicing on our putting green, competing on our bocce court or doing some pre-winter gardening.
Many seniors living in their private homes are at greater risk of being injured or harmed by safety and security hazards. Understandably, loved ones may be concerned about their well-being and check on them daily.
To further guarantee their safety, family members also can help by ensuring seniors follow these “top ten” safety and security guidelines:
From spring through fall, many retirees enjoy spending time outdoors, savoring either the mid-day sunshine or the cooler air of dawn or dusk. Newcomers to senior residential living soon discover that their new home offers an array of outdoor recreational activities, with various interests in mind.
For many families with older parents, deciding how to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day is a bigger challenge than how to honor Mom on Mother’s Day. But fathers appreciate special remembrances, too. Here are a few more ideas for gifts or special activities that Dad might appreciate, whether he still lives in his private home or in a cottage or apartment at a senior living community.
Brethren Village Residents find it rewarding to stay active in the sports and activities they enjoy. They understand the importance of keeping the body energized and strong during senior living. So, we would like to recognize the efforts and achievements of some of our most physically active Residents.
However, as we study the impulse to found Brethren Village, and the stories of care throughout the past 120 years, we see the continuity of our mission. For it is the desire to serve – and to care for those who can no longer care for themselves – that Brethren Village was founded upon 120 years ago, and is still the same impulse that guides our daily work today.