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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.

What can personal care at a retirement community provide for you or your loved one?

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

Older persons and families searching for a retirement community for support with daily living often prefer the option of personal care over a skilled nursing facility. They discover that personal care will provide the necessary support while letting seniors remain as independent as possible. Personal care provides residents with individualized support for daily activities such…Continue Reading

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Food choices at retirement homes can be both nutritious and delicious

January 12, 2018
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Our dietary needs usually change as we get older, but we continue to look forward to enjoying great-tasting food. The best retirement communities recognize that and provide a choice of meals that offer variety and delicious flavors. Many older persons who live alone have diets lacking in nutritious foods, with an excess of unhealthy ones….Continue Reading

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Retirees welcome holiday visitors to their senior living communities

December 12, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

“The greatest gift of all is to spend Christmas with those you love.” Most of us would agree with this sentiment expressed by an unknown writer. And the best retirement communities not only agree but encourage and welcome family visits with residents over the holidays. No matter our age, we approach the holiday season with…Continue Reading

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Validation offers compassion and understanding to seniors needing memory care

November 16, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

One in nine people age 65 and older, approximately 5.4 million Americans, have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In Pennsylvania, one in eight seniors are afflicted—more than 270,000 people. In observance of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in November, Ecumenical Retirement Community wants to increase family awareness of the Validation Method of communicating with a…Continue Reading

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Exercise and fitness activities have no age limits at retirement communities

October 17, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Americans, overall, are staying more active and fit longer, providing them with better physical and mental health, as well as greater energy, during their senior living years. You shouldn’t be surprised, then, when visiting a senior living community to find residents walking, biking or engaging in a game or sporting activity. These older adults know…Continue Reading

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Visit a retirement community this fall—you might discover a butterfly rest stop

September 11, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.”  This word picture by writer Diana Gabaldon illustrates an image of nature that beckons us to leisurely step outdoors. And though not every fall day is so enticing, we can take advantage of ones…Continue Reading

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Nine tips for increasing the safety of medication use for seniors

August 17, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Half of American adults over age 65 take five or more medications per week; 12 percent take 10 or more. Problems can arise when they forget to take medicine or take it improperly, leading to an unsafe drug interaction or overmedication. Awareness of these dangers during senior living is growing, yet every year, several million…Continue Reading

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Seniors enjoy outdoor summertime pleasures at retirement communities

July 11, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

As summer in central Pennsylvania brings the warmth of sunshine tempered with cool breezes, visitors to senior living communities can see residents participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Healthy seniors find that being outside amid shade trees and bright flowers in early morning and evening can be rejuvenating and energizing. Outdoor exercise At Ecumenical…Continue Reading

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Summertime fruits are here, offering months of nutrition and flavor

June 26, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

Healthy eating in central Pennsylvania becomes more enjoyable in summertime when local fresh fruits hit roadside stands and stores. The seasonal fruits tempt us with their varied colors and promises of refreshment and assure us that we are eating healthily as well. Ecumenical Retirement Community in Harrisburg, PA now makes summer-season fruits more accessible to…Continue Reading

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Seniors with post-stroke memory loss may benefit from personalized memory care

May 30, 2017
The Senior Care Experts at Ecumenical Retirement Community

About a third of stroke survivors develop memory problems, according to the National Stroke Association. When these issues are severe, they interfere with activities of daily living for the individual and create stress and caregiving challenges for family members. May is Stroke Awareness Month, so now is an ideal time to share the following information…Continue Reading

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