Though wishful greetings of “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” may be sincere and heartfelt, they might have little effect on people who are lonely, including those in their senior years. Most seniors live full, active lives, but one in six Americans over age 65—around 8 million people—describe themselves as lonely, according to the Pew Research … Continue reading Social activities at retirement communities can dispel holiday loneliness
Almost 400 years after Thanksgiving was first observed in Plymouth Colony, we still gather with family and friends for fellowship and to show gratitude for our abundant blessings. As we anticipate another Thanksgiving, the staff of Brethren Village Retirement Community has much to be grateful for, both on-campus and off. We would like to share … Continue reading Brethren Village Retirement Community is blessed and thankful
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.
“The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” (Harriet Ann Jacobs, American writer) What is it about spring that seems to revive the soul—and body, too? Do we really get spring fever? Clinical psychologist Michael Terman says that what we call spring fever is an … Continue reading Is spring fever real? Yes, judging by senior enthusiasm for outdoor wellness activities
Physicians frequently recommend rehabilitation services for seniors and others following hospitalization due to stroke, serious injury, or surgery. Doctors also prescribe rehab therapy for people dealing with chronic pain or problems affecting mobility or balance. At Brethren Village, our Transition of Care Services Team evaluates and treats our rehab patients—our own Residents, as well as … Continue reading Rehab services aid our Residents and greater community members in healing and recovery
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more,” said writer H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Those of us who work year-round with hundreds of Brethren Village Volunteers can attest to the truth of that statement. We see their broad smiles and witness the camaraderie among them. A national survey of Volunteers a … Continue reading Volunteers find proven health benefits in lending a hand to help others
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.
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.
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.