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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.

Seniors and driving: Ecumenical Retirement Community’s advice for concerned families

December 20, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

The satisfaction of being behind the wheel, free to go where you please, can be a powerful, life-affirming feeling at any age. So we shouldn’t be surprised when a parent or grandparent resists the suggestion to discontinue driving. Many seniors equate driving with independence and control, and giving it up is disappointing, at least, and…Continue Reading

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Seven steps to good daily memory care for seniors and seniors-to-be

November 30, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Most people in or approaching their senior years are more concerned about losing their mental health (62 percent) than their physical health (29 percent). That was the result of a survey of 1,000 Americans on their primary concerns about aging. We can expect that aging family members will experience some memory loss, but with little…Continue Reading

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Find the two essentials in a senior living community: quality and affordability

October 24, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Most central PA families looking for a senior living community for an older family member have two main requirements: it must be affordable for their family and provide excellent care for their loved one. Families often feel they could never afford a high-quality community offering several senior living care levels. But nearly as often, after…Continue Reading

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Managing cholesterol in retirement is vital: senior living communities can help

September 17, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, which reminds us to be attentive to our cholesterol levels. One of the best measures that seniors can take to safeguard against heart disease is monitoring these levels. With increased age, the risk of heart disease grows, particularly if cholesterol is high or other risk factors are present: elevated…Continue Reading

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Our top 10 questions to ask a potential retirement community

August 16, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Downsizing to a retirement community is one of the biggest decisions many people make, with various lifestyle and financial considerations. Seniors who have decided to make the move have to then decide, “Which community is right for me?” We realize that many factors enter into the important selection of the best retirement community to meet…Continue Reading

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Maintaining balance helps prevent dangerous falls for seniors—at home or in a retirement community

July 18, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

The leading cause of injury, both non-fatal and fatal, to seniors is: Strokes Falls Heart attacks Car accidents If you selected “b,” you might already know how common falls are and how dangerous they can be to older persons. One in four Americans age 65 or older—and one in two who are 80 or over—falls each…Continue Reading

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Friendship is important for the well-being of senior men

June 13, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

In the United States, one in seven men age 65 or older lives alone, and a lot of them are lonely. In fact, about two-thirds of older men surveyed report they don’t have a close friend. But men can be lonely for friendship even if they don’t live alone. Now that they are retired, and…Continue Reading

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10 ways to honor Mom on Mother’s Day at a senior community

May 9, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

A family-focused senior community, such as Ecumenical Retirement Community, welcomes relatives of residents every day of the year. But, Mother’s Day is definitely one of the most popular days for visiting. Families want to make the day memorable but are sometimes at a loss as to what to do beyond the traditional cards, gifts and…Continue Reading

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Walking outdoors at retirement communities offers multiple health benefits

April 11, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Days are getting warmer, and after spending months mostly indoors, many seniors can’t wait to go outside and walk in the sunshine. That’s good because health experts recommend walking to improve both mental and physical well-being. Mental health researchers have linked walking to less anxiety and depression, better memory and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s…Continue Reading

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An active lifestyle at a retirement community benefits hearing-impaired seniors

March 8, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Hearing loss is one of the most common medical conditions that retirees experience. A third of adults from age 65 to 74, and almost half of those 75 and older, have hearing difficulty, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Causes of hearing impairment include the natural aging process, repeated…Continue Reading

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