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
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
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
“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
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
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
“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
Eating at the best continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) means abundant and healthy choices served in venues that accommodate your mood, be it a cozy café, a casual restaurant, or a formal candlelit dining room. CCRCs today recognize that they serve seniors with varied backgrounds and differing tastes in food. The culinary staff at Brethren Village, led by professional chefs, offers high quality experiences that rival those of fine restaurants. By providing choices to satisfy everyone’s palate, CCRCs help Residents feel comfortable, content and at home while eating.
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.”
The U.S. News & World Report list of best places to retire in the United States has ranked Lancaster, PA as—drum roll, please—#2 in its 2018 edition! In evaluating criteria that promote a high quality of life, U.S. News highlighted Lancaster’s lower tax rates for retirees, high-quality health care, happiness of local residents, housing affordability and low unemployment.