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We hope you enjoy this resource about tips and guidance for seniors and their families for their journey, ideas for living actively and well and insights into living at Ecumenical. Visit often as we share information regularly. And feel free to comment on any that interest you most.

How residents of senior living retirement communities can practice good dental care amidst stay-at-home orders

June 9, 2020
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Dental care isn’t the health topic that’s on the minds of many in senior living communities at the moment. But with COVID-19 keeping residents at home and many offices closed, there is a possibility that teeth cleanings and other dental hygiene related appointments have either been missed or rescheduled for the future. And as the…Continue Reading

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The connection between blood pressure and dementia in seniors

May 7, 2020
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, and 2020 is bringing a different perspective to healthy senior living. With connections between high blood pressure and dementia on the rise, seniors are being urged to take new precautions by medical experts. To help those within independent living retirement communities understand all of the factors surrounding this…Continue Reading

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How seniors in independent living retirement communities can fight symptoms of fatigue

March 13, 2020
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Now and then everyone gets a little tired. As a senior, you may start feeling the effects of aging in ways like losing energy, needing more sleep, and not having the same spring in your step. These feelings are completely normal and are to be expected as you get older. Fatigue, however, is different. It…Continue Reading

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Seniors with vision problems benefit from cautionary measures and personal care

February 14, 2020
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

February is Low Vision Awareness Month, so we are using this occasion to advise seniors to protect their eyes and urge them to seek early detection and treatment for any vision problems. The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates the number of people with the most common vision problems will double from about 37 million in…Continue Reading

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How to find affordable retirement communities

January 22, 2020
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Like many people, you may feel that a high-quality senior living community, staffed by round-the-clock health care professionals, is financially out of reach. But you may be surprised and relieved to discover otherwise—we see that over and over as one of central Pennsylvania’s most affordable retirement communities. Learning to compare costs when considering senior living…Continue Reading

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Your aging parents are changing. How to have those tough conversations about independent living, personal care, and nursing home care.

December 24, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

The last time you visited mom and dad, everything seemed ok. Dad was still tinkering in the garage with small woodworking projects and doing his outside chores. Mom was involved in everyday activities like cooking and baking and performing light chores around the house as well as getting together with her weekly bridge group. But…Continue Reading

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Depression shouldn’t be part of senior living—support is available

November 20, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says that about 6.5 million people—nearly one in five—of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older deal with depression. While depression can strike at any age, many seniors are first afflicted in their 80s or even 90s. According to the NAMI, symptoms in seniors can differ from…Continue Reading

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Restorative care—a promising alternative to nursing home care

October 16, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

After surgery for a broken hip, Mary was by no means ready to return to her home, even with her children regularly visiting and helping. She was weak, in pain and required physical therapy before she could even think of resuming her formerly active schedule. Her family was looking into nursing home care until her…Continue Reading

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On Grandparents Day, help kids connect to loved ones with memory loss

September 5, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

National Grandparents Day is observed on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day to honor grandparents for their love and support. Ecumenical Retirement Community encourages families to express their gratitude to grandparents and, where possible, use it as a day of visitation and connection. We recognize that visits and communication can be challenging when…Continue Reading

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The top 3 reasons for deciding to move to a retirement community

August 26, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Have you or a loved one begun considering a move to a retirement community but aren’t sure whether it’s the right step? Making the decision can depend on a number of factors. However, we observe three recurring situations that most often prompt seniors and their families to start thinking about a senior living community. Health…Continue Reading

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