Tips for winter weather safety from our senior residential living community

By / January 28, 2019 Community, Residential Living, Senior Living , , , , ,

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

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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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Rivals, best friends, and much more: Jack and Jim, a dynamic duo for 88 years

By / June 14, 2018 Community, Family, Lifestyle, Skilled Care , , , ,

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.

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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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Brethren Village Residents become detectives, bringing joy to Virginia family

By / January 31, 2018 Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living , ,
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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.”

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You’re moving to a retirement home? Great! Here’s how to manage your move

By / January 17, 2018 Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living, Senior Living , , ,
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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.

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Seniors can nurture and expand spirituality at retirement communities

By / January 8, 2018 Pastoral , , ,
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The best continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) support Residents’ spirituality by respecting their religious beliefs and ministering to their spiritual needs. They do that with an active, supportive Pastoral Services team, along with programs and events that reflect Residents’ faith, not just at Christmastime but the whole year long.

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Jessie Eckhart has her head in the clouds—and that’s just the way she likes it

By / November 30, 2017 Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living, Senior Living ,
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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

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Area sights and scenes draw retirees to senior living in Lancaster County

By / October 30, 2017 Continuing Care Retirement Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living, Senior Living , , ,
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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.

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