Stay safe during senior living by following these 6 steps to prevent falls

By / December 12, 2019 Continuing Care Retirement Community, Lifestyle, Personal Care, Residential Living, Senior Living, Skilled Care, Uncategorized, Wellness , , , , , ,

Falls are the main cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in people age 65 and older. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in four older Americans falls each year, often suffering dislocations, bone fractures, or head injuries. As seniors age, they become increasingly prone to falls for a number of reasons: … Continue reading Stay safe during senior living by following these 6 steps to prevent falls

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Brethren Village Retirement Community, from generation to generation

By / October 22, 2019 Community, Family, Residential Living , , ,

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

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Boredom is not an option here: the joy of senior residential living

By / June 7, 2019 Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Food, Lifestyle, Residential Living , , , , , , , ,

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

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Social activities at retirement communities can dispel holiday loneliness

By / December 20, 2018 Family, Lifestyle, Senior Living, Wellness , , , , , , ,

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

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As cooler weather comes, a senior living community offers indoor fitness and fun

By / November 8, 2018 Lifestyle, Senior Living, Wellness , , , ,

Colder temperatures don’t have to mean winter hibernation for retirees with so many indoor exercise options available. Today’s seniors have the advantage of handy fitness opportunities to help maintain their health, particularly if living at a senior living community. Fitness activities have a number of physical health benefits: they can help prevent osteoporosis and arthritis; … Continue reading As cooler weather comes, a senior living community offers indoor fitness and fun

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Retirees find creative opportunities at active senior living communities

By / October 5, 2018 Community, Lifestyle , ,

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

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Is spring fever real? Yes, judging by senior enthusiasm for outdoor wellness activities

By / June 7, 2018 Lifestyle, Wellness , , , ,

“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

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Seniors join in the fun of tour bus trips at retirement communities

By / April 26, 2018 Lifestyle, Residential Living, Senior Living , , ,

The best continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) plan entertaining, enlightening tour bus trips that offer new experiences for seniors all year long in comfort and style. Residents enjoy socializing on these fun-filled trips to museums, concerts, shopping destinations, and other places of interest. At Brethren Village Retirement Community near Lancaster, PA, we organize and host … Continue reading Seniors join in the fun of tour bus trips at retirement communities

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Water activities at retirement communities can be key to wellness for seniors

By / March 14, 2018 Lifestyle, Senior Living, Wellness , , , ,

More and more seniors are finding aquatic exercise to be their favorite and most beneficial way to maintain fitness. While physical activities in water can have advantages for anyone, they have notably favorable results for seniors with certain health challenges. Water therapy can provide soothing relief for chronic condiditons including arthritis, joint pain, and circulatory … Continue reading Water activities at retirement communities can be key to wellness for seniors

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Volunteers find proven health benefits in lending a hand to help others

By / February 28, 2018 Lifestyle, Senior Living, Volunteers , , , ,

“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

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