June 13, 2022

How Retirement Communities in Pennsylvania Celebrate The Longest Day

Alzheimer's, Memory Care
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

June 21, 2022 is The Longest Day. Not only is it summer solstice, the day with the most light, but also the day when people around the world fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through fundraisers and awareness campaigns.

The fight against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Since our brains decline with age, knowing the difference between dementia and normal aging can be difficult. These 10 warning signs can help you decide when to seek a doctor’s advice for you or a loved one.

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, worldwide 55 million people are affected by dementia, with that figure projected to climb to 78 million in less than a decade. In the United States, 6 million people suffer from dementia with 11 million family and friends providing an estimated 16 billion hours in unpaid care. The cost of Alzheimer’s disease in the US is expected to triple to $1 trillion by 2050.

The Longest Day

During The Longest Day, individuals, community and family groups, and retirement homes participate in a variety of activities to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support, education and advocacy.

Retirement communities in Pennsylvania raise funds and awareness on The Longest Day

Here are some of the ways retirement communities in Pennsylvania have raised funds and awareness to fight Alzheimer’s:

  • Bake sales
  • Yoga night
  • Author visit
  • 5K walks
  • Bridge club
  • Golf tournaments
  • Square dancing
  • Cycling
  • Pickleball
  • Arts/Crafts

Over the years, Ecumenical Retirement Community and its sister organization, Country Meadows Retirement Communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland, have held a variety of activities to celebrate The Longest Day:

  • Dancing in a flash mob at Troeg’s Brewery in Hershey
  • Pancake breakfast bar and basket raffle
  • Chicken BBQ
  • Virtual walk
  • Open house
  • Car wash
  • Bake sale and basket raffle
  • Yard sales
  • Dunk booth

How will you celebrate The Longest Day?

How Ecumenical Retirement Community supports families dealing with dementia

Memory loss can be a challenge not only for us as we age, but for our families, too, especially when that memory loss is caused by Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Often, the emotional toll and physical caregiving can seem overwhelming. Independent living may no longer be possible. Senior care facilities like Ecumenical Retirement Community are there for families who are dealing with dementia. Our memory care program aims to help those with memory loss enjoy senior living through activities, sharing memories and maintaining connections with their friends and families.

Our memory care program may include:

  • Personalized support plans
  • Staff support 24 hours a day
  • Caregivers trained in memory support techniques
  • The Validation® communication method
  • Brain fitness activities and memory games
  • My Life Story
  • Chef-prepared meals three times a day
  • Social and recreational activities throughout the week
  • Accommodations for couples with different care needs to live together
  • Healthy-living wellness and specialized fitness programs led by our professional staff
  • Onsite salon and spa services for men and women
  • An all-inclusive rental fee

Learn more about how you or your loved one can live life fully at Ecumenical Retirement Community.

Often considered one of the best retirement communities in Pennsylvania, Ecumenical Retirement Community offers residents everything from memory support, restorative care, and personal care to independent living. Our community provides seniors with a holistic approach to health and care. The campus is designed to provide our residents with the chance to live life fully while enjoying retirement and receiving the care they need, including memory support. Our knowledgeable and friendly retirement community team is available to provide more information on all of the services and life enhancing activities we offer. Join us for a campus tour to help you make the best decision for a retirement community in Pennsylvania for you or your loved one. We look forward to hearing from you and showing you what Ecumenical Retirement Community has to offer.

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