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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.

Guidelines for thorough preparation when traveling with aging parents

June 28, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Traveling with older family members can be a pleasant, memorable family bonding experience. The success of the trip, however, may depend on proper preparation to meet the particular needs of older travelers. This is especially important for those who are challenged by memory loss or receiving dementia care. For a smoother journey, plan with these…Continue Reading

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Joint problems don’t have to hinder independent senior living

May 15, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in American adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation, with at least 54 million people diagnosed with the condition. While a person of any age can experience arthritis, the likelihood increases with age, and it can occur in nearly all parts of the body.

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Friendships at senior living communities help counter loneliness

April 18, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Seniors today live fuller, more active lives than ever. They travel, participate in fitness and social activities and volunteer for their favorite causes. But that’s not true of all of them—one in six older Americans says he or she is lonely. Women are more likely to be lonely than men. According to the U.S. Administration…Continue Reading

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How to manage your weight healthily on your own or at a senior living community

March 21, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

If you are like many people and trying to lose a few pounds, you might take comfort in knowing you have plenty of company. More than 100 million American—nearly half of those age 20 and over—try to lose weight each year.

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Seniors at retirement homes can use computers to stay connected

February 19, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Retirees are increasing their use of the Internet, smartphones, virtual assistants and other communication technology, and leading retirement homes recognize the benefits and encourage it. The following survey results were highlighted by the Pew Research Center in its 2017 report, “Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults”: Two-thirds of seniors 65 and older use the Internet….Continue Reading

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Freedom and peace of mind at senior independent living communities

January 29, 2019
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Imagine the freedom of rising each morning, knowing you are your own boss; enjoying your favorite interests as much as you want; resting assured that home maintenance is no longer your duty; having meals prepared for you and taking comfort that any support you may need is close at hand. That lifestyle doesn’t have to…Continue Reading

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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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