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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Enjoying the Arts in the Summer

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy the arts with friends and family. You might attend a music concert in the park with your favorite neighbor or host a craft night for the grandkids during their summer break. Besides being a great way to connect with loved ones, the arts are linked to a variety of mental health benefits.

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Miscellaneous

World Environment Day: 5 Sustainable Living Guidelines

Last week, the world celebrated June 5 as World Environment Day. It is sobering to step back and reflect on individual and collective roles in preserving the planet for future generations. Across Presbyterian Senior Living’s 29 communities and among its more than 5,500 residents, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a way of life.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Recognizing Juneteenth and Pride Month

The month of June offers many recognitions honoring the diversity of our nation. We have celebrated many of those in past blogs. This year, we are focusing on the importance of Juneteenth and Pride Month.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

The Benefits of Gardening and Tips to Help Seniors Get Started

In our hectic, hyperconnected culture, stress is increasingly common. And chronic stress is linked to a variety of health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. Equally concerning is the amount of time people are spending on their computers and other electronic devices. It can result in an overly sedentary lifestyle, which can put seniors at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Better Hearing and Speech

Summer is almost here! We all enjoy summer along with the sounds of birds, children playing outside, or the splash of people in a swimming pool. There 37.5 million adults with hearing or communication disorders in the U.S. who are not able to enjoy those familiar sounds.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Springtime Nutrition: Recipes for Creating Connections through Food

For seniors, spring offers a wonderful opportunity not only to nourish the body with wholesome ingredients but to foster connections through communal dining experiences. Paul Sprowls, Director of Dining Services at Westminster Woods, is helping Presbyterian Senior Living residents do just that.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous

Celebrating Mother's Day Around the World

In honor of Mother’s Day and celebrating different cultures, this blog will share how Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world. We hope you enjoy seeing the various ways moms are shown love on this day.

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Health & Aging

Healthy, Senior-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

As the calendar turns to spring, many people start to tackle projects around their home. One of those is deep cleaning the house. Sparkling windows and clutter-free kitchen counters are a great way to boost your mood. Research also shows that spring cleaning is good for your mental health in other ways, such as reducing stress, improving focus, and bringing peace.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

National Donate Life Month: The Gift of Life and Hope

Did you know that more than 114,000 people in the United States are on a transplant waiting list? Even the largest football stadium in the US could not fit the number of individuals on the national transplant waiting list! You may have family members, neighbors, or friends who are impacted by the shortage of organ donors.

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Health & Aging  |  Pine Run Village

Fighting Parkinson's One Punch at a Time

At 87, Marty, a disabled Air Force veteran, was wheelchair bound. Parkinson’s disease had robbed him of his ability to move freely. Then he discovered Rock Steady Boxing, a program available at Presbyterian Senior Living’s Pine Run Village in Doylestown, Pa.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Thrive Wellness

Presbyterian Senior Living Celebrates 2024 Altruism Award Recipient

Longtime Pine Run Village resident Wilma Groetzki received the 2024 Altruism Award for helping to improve the quality of life at her Doylestown community.

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Diversity & Inclusion

April is Celebrating Diversity Month!

Diversity encompasses a wide range of attributes, from race, gender, and age, to socio-economic background, language, sexual orientation, religion and abilities. Diversity acknowledges and values the unique identities and experiences that individuals bring to the collective whole, within their families, communities and work locations.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Empathy in Action: 5 Ways PSL Social Workers Make Life Better for Aging Adults

While navigating the complexities of aging, a life-altering medical episode can be a source of anxiety and dread. At Presbyterian Senior Living’s skilled nursing facilities, social workers strive to make the transitions through short-term physical therapy or into long-term skilled nursing care as smooth as possible.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

National Nutrition Month - Beyond the Table

March is National Nutrition Month® and the 2024 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) theme is Beyond the Table®.

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Finance & Planning  |  Miscellaneous

Is Procrastination Keeping You From Living Your Best Retirement?

Psychologists have many theories on why people procrastinate. They range from a lack of confidence about their ability to make good decisions to anxiety, fear, and feeling just plain overwhelmed. Because they aren’t certain what the outcome will be, people put off taking action. And the more emotional the decision or change, the higher the odds of procrastinating.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Celebrating Women's History Month

International Women’s Day was conceived by labor activist Theresa Malkiel and organized in New York City; it was called “National Women’s Day” and held on February 28, 1909.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Leaping Forward into New Opportunities

It’s time to embrace the extra day gifted to us in 2024! From taking bold steps into the unknown to embracing new technologies and experiences, this year offers a chance to leap forward toward growth, fulfillment and connection. Let’s leap into action and discover how we can make the most out of our extra day!

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Thrive Wellness

Notes on Successful Aging

When someone says the word “aging,” a number of images come to mind. These images are influenced by a variety of factors including a person’s age, life experiences, and cultural background.

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Miscellaneous  |  Technology

10 Tips for Staying Safe Online

As seniors embrace technology to stay connected with loved ones, manage finances, or access health care resources, they become susceptible to scams, identity theft, and phishing attempts. Fostering a secure online environment is key to navigating the digital landscape safely and confidently.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous

"Fat Tuesday" Traditions

Mardi Gras, the French phrase for Fat Tuesday, is a celebration most of us associate with New Orleans. While Mardi Gras technically refers to only Fat Tuesday, most years the festivities happen over a two-week period of time, at least here in the U.S. And there’s much more to the tradition than parades, unusual foods, and alcoholic beverages.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year among East and Southeast Asian cultures, including Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean communities. The New Year celebration in 2024 begins on February 10 and is usually celebrated for multiple days. China’s Lunar New Year is known as the Spring Festival or Chūnjié in Mandarin, while Koreans call it Seollal and Vietnamese refer to it as Tết. The Lunar New Year is the most celebrated and longest of all Asian festivals and is observed by millions of people worldwide.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

The Power of Volunteering: Giving of Themselves in the New Year

As the calendar flips to a new year, the residents of Presbyterian Senior Living communities find themselves deeply immersed in volunteerism. Giving of themselves not only enriches the lives of others but becomes a powerful catalyst for personal growth and fulfillment.

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Miscellaneous  |  Thrive Wellness

Winter Blues: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder

I have a friend. Well, several. But this particular friend is a joy. You know the type: upbeat and encouraging – sweet and kind – always ready to lend a hand, whether it be physical or emotional, to help the people around her through challenges and difficult times.

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Affordable Senior Housing  |  Miscellaneous

HMC Celebrates Staff, Accomplishments and Holidays

PSL’s Housing Management Corporation (HMC) teams joined together for a holiday event to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. This year nearly 60 team members gathered for “Santa’s Workshop,” festivities and annual awards.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous

Welcoming a New Year: Resolve to Discover Your Diverse World

Welcome 2024! There can be excitement in walking into a new year. Celebrating milestones such as birthdays, marriages, weddings, anniversaries, births; the list goes on. As you enjoy these celebrations and perhaps move towards a few “New Year’s Resolutions” along the way, take the opportunity to build new relationships and celebrate what these new relationships may bring into your life.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Celebrating National Hobby Month

Enjoying an active and engaged life, one that provides you with opportunities to grow and learn, is important for all of us. But it’s especially crucial as we grow older. Engaging in positive activity on a regular basis promotes brain health. It also helps to prevent or delay the onset of medical issues linked with isolation and loneliness, such as depression, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Celebrating Memories: 5 Steps for Documenting Family Stories

Sharing a lifetime of memories is a powerful way to connect with family and friends and to ensure that the legacy of our unique experiences lives on. At Presbyterian Senior Living, we believe in celebrating the rich tapestry of our residents’ lives. Writing and sharing family stories is an excellent way to do just that.

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From Our Leadership  |  Presbyterian Senior Living | Corporate

A Special Holiday Message from Presbyterian Senior Living's President & CEO

Dear PSL Family, As we come to the end of 2023, we take this time to reflect on the past year. We think of the many happy times we have shared with others, as well as those times where we needed or gave comfort.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Connecting with Nature

Nature can play a positive role in our lives at every age. For older adults or people with memory loss, the benefits can be even more pronounced. Interacting with nature can provide a sense of connectedness and peace. The Japanese call immersing in nature shinrin-yoku, which translates to forest bathing.

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Holidays Celebrated During December

December hosts numerous holidays from many traditions. You may already be familiar with some of these holidays and enjoy celebrating them with family and friends. PSL respects these multiple December festivities; these are just a few.

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Playful Wisdom: The Villager Games Unveiling the Art of Well-Being

In the vibrant tapestry of Pine Run Village, a Presbyterian Senior Living Community, the recent celebration of Active Aging Week 2023 was not just a week-long event—it was a lively showcase of the profound connection between play, physical and mental fitness, and the overarching goal of our communities: empowering residents to develop a holistic healthy lifestyle.

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Health & Aging

Enhance Wellness with a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journaling is a simple but powerful tool for promoting a positive mindset and well-being as you age. This practice packs a plethora of mental, emotional, and even physical benefits for anyone willing to pick up a pen or turn on a computer.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Home for the Holidays: Warning Signs a Senior Loved May Be Struggling to Stay Independent

The holidays are a time when adult children often travel home to celebrate the season with aging parents. For some families, it’s the first time in months they have been together. If you’ve been wondering how well your loved one is managing their health and home, this visit can provide you with a low-key way to determine that firsthand.

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Miscellaneous  |  Pine Run Village  |  veteran

Pine Run Village Resident Tom Barnett Creates Legacy of Honoring Veterans

During the Korean War, Tom Barnett, an Army draftee, received a privileged assignment. After basic training he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer, Arlington, Virginia, the home for guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Reflecting on the Richness of our Cultures in November

This month we feature a month-long celebration as well as two one-day celebrations that help us reflect on our world.

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Health & Aging  |  Presbyterian Senior Living  |  Thrive Wellness

Facts and Myths for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October brings fall colors with changing leaves, but you will also find pink ribbons prominent in this month to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month. One in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Chances are, you know at least one person who has been personally affected by breast cancer. I have experienced this personally as my mother was diagnosed in her 60’s, and I have a niece who was diagnosed in her 30’s.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Three Keys to Maintaining Mental Health and Well-Being at Presbyterian Senior Living

Prioritizing mental health and well-being is necessary for seniors to maintain a fulfilling and happy life. In recognition of the recent World Mental Health Day on October 10, Nancy Pilkington, MSW, LSW, Presbyterian Senior Living Corporate Director of Resident Services, shares three keys to mental health and well-being for seniors:

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Finance & Planning  |  Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment Period

The annual Medicare open enrollment period has arrived! This eight-week process begins on October 15th each year and runs through December 7th. During this time, Medicare recipients can make changes to their existing plan. If you are preparing to review your current Medicare coverage or help a parent with theirs, it’s common to feel confused and unsure about how to begin.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Celebrating Our Diverse Cultures

October offers a wide opportunity to celebrate the diverse world we live in today.

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Thrive Wellness

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation have become keywords in recent years. With a multitude of meditation apps and streaming capabilities, it can be overwhelming when looking for somewhere to begin.

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Lifelong Learning Continues at Presbyterian Senior Living Communities

Across Presbyterian Senior Living communities, an array of learning opportunities have taken shape over the decades, most initiated and conducted by residents. From wood shop classes to fitness opportunities, instrumental music groups to arts and crafts gatherings, a variety of chances to continue to learn abound.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Virus Prevention: Tips for Staying Safe This Fall

Fall is a favorite time of year for many people. The days can be sunny, crisp, and invigorating. After the busy days of summer, most people settle back into a comfortable daily routine. One less welcome part of fall, however, is that viruses begin to make the rounds again. As people spend more time indoors, the risk for contracting colds, flu, and COVID-19 is higher.

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Hispanic and Latino communities. In 2023, Hispanic Heritage Month will last from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, October 15. This recognition commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large. It is a time to celebrate the history, culture, contributions and achievements of the Hispanic and Latino communities.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Protect Your Eyes from 5 Common Age-Related Conditions

Eyes are the windows to the world. They enable us to perceive the beauty around us and to perform daily tasks, from reading to cooking to driving.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living  |  Thrive Wellness

Your Fall Vaccination Guide: Protect Yourself Against Flu, Pneumonia and Shingles

While the flu vaccine is top of mind in the fall, autumn is also a good time to think about what other vaccines you may need. As people age, their immune system weakens, making them more susceptible to diseases and infections. This is why vaccinations are crucial for the elderly population. Vaccines not only help prevent illnesses but also reduce the risk of complications and hospitalizations.

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Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Did You Know August is National Civility Month?

People being civil to other people is what makes the world a better place and is the key focus of National Civility Month, which is held in August each year. National Civility Month was founded to help the world remember to treat others the way we wish to be treated ourselves — with kindness, empathy, and respect. What does it mean to treat each other with civility? It means to be civil in public discourse and behavior, be respectful of others whether or not you agree with them; it means standing against incivility when you see it.

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Family Guidance  |  Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Supporting a Senior Loved One After the Loss of a Spouse

Coping with the death of a spouse or partner is one of life’s most difficult journeys. Whether it’s a longtime marriage or a committed partnership, finding your way alone is a major adjustment. The weeks and months can bring a roller coaster of emotions. The bereaved might have a few days or even several weeks when they begin to feel stronger and experience a new normal. Then a memory or event triggers the sadness of the loss and the struggle begins again.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

Celebrating International Day of the World's Indigenous People

We celebrate International Day of the World's Indigenous People on August 9. We need indigenous communities for a better world. There are an estimated 476 million indigenous peoples in the world living across 90 countries. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 cultures. They make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet account for 15 percent of the poorest. Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, their way of life, and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years.

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Miscellaneous  |  Thrive Wellness

UV Safety Awareness Month

July is Ultraviolet Safety Awareness Month. We love seeing our community members enjoying outdoor living spaces, but we want to remind you to protect your skin while enjoying the warm, sunny weather! Do you know the risks associated with too much sun exposure? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide! In honor of UV Safety Awareness Month, learn more about the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  veteran

Veterans and Surviving Spouses Can Access Benefits through Presbyterian Senior Living

PSL has long been committed to providing exceptional care and support to veterans and military widows or widowers, including help from lesser-known programs. Gary Dwyer, Veteran Assistance Specialist at Presbyterian Senior Living, remembers meeting a World War II prisoner of war who was rescued by an American patrol moments before facing execution.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

What Is Life Like After a Parent Moves to Senior Living?

If you are preparing for a parent’s move to a senior living community, you might be wondering what your role in their life will be after this transition. Will you still be their caregiver? Should you stay involved in their care? Or is it time to step back and let the professionals take over? After being responsible for supporting an aging parent’s needs, it can be tough to imagine what comes next.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

In the US, July is Disability Pride Month. It marks the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark U.S. rights law that extended civil rights protections to persons with disabilities and assured that all Americans would benefit from their talents. There are an estimated 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. Their contributions benefit us all.

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Thrive Wellness

Enjoying the Great Outdoors Responsibly

On the way home from a recent backpacking trip my fellow hikers and I were rehashing the past few days and making plans for our next adventure when the discussion turned to the subject of managing the amount of visitors to backcountry and wilderness areas. Specifically the idea of implementing quotas in high traffic areas and limiting access struck a nerve with one member of our outfit. “The whole idea is ridiculous. Why should I have to ask the king’s permission to access land that belongs to the people? We should be able to use it anytime we want.”

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Thrive Wellness

Garden Your Way to Better Health at Any Age

Nurturing flowers and vegetables in your garden does more than just beautify your space. It’s also good for your mental and physical wellbeing. The health benefits of gardening range from reduced stress to greater stamina and flexibility. With aging, however, comes some undeniable physical changes that might make gardening a little more difficult. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to overcome them. Here are some of the ways gardening is good for your overall health, along with tips to help you continue to safely dig in the dirt as you grow older.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

This Father's Day, Honor Traditions While Making Memories, Even from a Distance

Father's Day is a special occasion to show our appreciation and gratitude for the incredible men who have shaped our lives. These 10 tips will help make the day memorable for your dad while helping you connect with him, even from a distance.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Thrive Wellness

Volunteering and the Mental Health Benefits for Seniors

There are reasons to volunteer at any age, but for older people, there are some very significant ones. Research shows that seniors who donate their time to a good cause enjoy greater life satisfaction. They also have better mental and physical health than their peers who don’t volunteer. A study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service revealed that older adults who volunteer at least 100 hours a year are able to maintain an active and independent lifestyle. They also experience longer life expectancy and fewer incidences of depression.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous

Celebrating Diversity – The History of Two Celebratory Flags

Sharing the history of the flags important holidays that are celebrated in June allows for a deeper understanding of what these important symbols mean. Knowing why they were created pays homage to those that lead the way for these celebrations.

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Miscellaneous  |  Reflections & Leadership

Education and Opportunity Abound for Nurses at Presbyterian Senior Living

From certified nursing assistant (CNA) training to master’s degree funding, Presbyterian Senior Living strives to support nurses as they grow with the organization. Behind every exceptional nurse stands a commitment to continuous learning. The educational journey of a nurse extends far beyond the classroom, requiring a career-long dedication to acquiring knowledge. At Presbyterian Senior Living, supporting nurses and empowering them to enhance their skills so they can provide the highest quality care to residents are top priorities.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

National Arthritis Awareness Month

The month of May brings about warmer temperatures, fragrant flowers blooming, and the anticipation of summer. This month is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is a disease that impacts more than 50 million Americans.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Spring Cleaning: Best Senior-Safe Tools and Cleaning Products

Spring is a season when many people set aside time to organize and deep clean their home. After a long winter, it can make the house feel fresh and bright once again. But spring cleaning does more than just make your home look better. There are proven benefits associated with decluttering, scrubbing, and vacuuming your house. Here are a few ways spring cleaning is good for your health: Helps to boost the spirit and improve focus Reduces stress and anxiety and brings peace Improves core strength which aids in fall prevention Identifies small maintenance issues before they become big problems

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

May Celebrations

We would like to begin this blog by celebrating Older Americans Month – Aging Unbound. Older Americans Month Every May we celebrate Older Americans Month as a way to recognize the achievements and contributions of seniors. There are currently more than 56 million Americans over the age of 65 and that number is expected to grow to to over 73 million by the year 2030. The Older Americans Month theme for 2023 is “Aging Unbound”; which offers an opportunity to explore an array of aging experiences without being boxed in by expectations and stereotypes. As many adults age, they remain engaged, independent and very included in their communities. This month was established in 1963, when at the time, there were only 17 million living Americans that reached their 65th birthday and there was a growing interest in older adults and their concerns.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous  |  Thrive Wellness

Presbyterian Senior Living Celebrates Volunteerism with Altruism Award

Longtime Cathedral Village resident Sarah West received this year’s honor for helping to improve the quality of life at her Philadelphia community. Investing time, displaying extraordinary dedication, and promoting the well-being of fellow community members — these were the key characteristics that the Presbyterian Senior Living team were looking for when choosing an individual to receive this year’s Altruism Award. They found those attributes and more in Sarah West, a resident at Cathedral Village, the senior independent-living community in Philadelphia.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

Laughter is the Best Medicine

We have all been through some tough challenges over the past three years due to the Covid pandemic. We have lost friends, family members, and co-workers. We have missed gatherings, weddings, graduations, church and all long standing traditions that kept our relationships strong and kept our stories intertwined. The stress and loss of our normal routines at times still feels overwhelming. We wonder if we will ever get back to “normal”. Well, finding some humor and experiencing laughter could be two simple ways to help recover from the battle scars left behind from the loss we have all experienced the last three years.

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Health & Aging  |  Housing & Development  |  Miscellaneous

Why Spring is the Best Time to Move to a Senior Living Community

Moving to a senior living community in the spring can be an exciting and transformative experience. Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings, making it the perfect season to start a new chapter in your life. Whether you are downsizing, looking for a change of scenery, or simply seeking a sense of community and belonging, senior living communities offer a wealth of benefits for seniors.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Celebrate Diversity Month – Celebration of Culture

Celebrate Diversity Month takes place in April every year. It was initiated in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity of the world around us. It is a time to recognize and understand our differences, while honoring the common essence of humanity. By appreciating our similarities and differences, the month aims to get people to foster a deeper understanding of others. Diversity is crucial in assuring that we can understand each other in deeper ways that help keep us humble and open to the fact that the world does not only revolve around our beliefs. It can help develop us into better people, as it increases our understanding of human nature. The importance of diversity itself can benefit us in all aspects of our lives. At PSL our goal is to embrace diversity and welcome others. We want all who come into contact with our organization to feel a sense of belonging.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

National Nutrition Month – Fuel for the Future

March is known as National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.” This can be interpreted in multiple ways. Over recent years dietitians have been fighting the negative stigma of being viewed as the “food police”. We have worked to change people’s attitudes about food as something to be feared or feel guilty about, to food being fuel and a celebration of our cultures. We educate and encourage because we want people to live not just longer, but healthier, longer lives as they age.

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Caregiver Support  |  Miscellaneous

Five Ways Social Workers Promote Wholeness of Body, Mind, and Spirit

Quality of life is a top priority for those who serve residents at Presbyterian Senior Living. March is Social Work Month, a time to celebrate those who help create and advocate for improved quality of life. At Presbyterian Senior Living, social workers play a vital role in uplifting seniors in every area of their lives.

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Health & Aging

The Benefits of Healthy Sleep

A good night’s rest can be hard to come by for many people, especially as we grow older. Research shows that up to 30% of the general population, and as much as 50% of seniors, suffer from insomnia. From a lack of exercise to sleep apnea, heart disease, and restless legs syndrome, there are a variety of reasons why so many of us just can’t sleep.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Celebrating Women's History Month

March is the honorary observance of National Women’s History Month in the United States, as designated in 1987 by the U.S. Congress, in recognition of women’s many accomplishments throughout history. A variety of agencies, schools, and organizations observe the month by focusing on the “consistently overlooked and undervalued” role of American women in history. Libraries and communities promote special events that emphasize the achievements of women.

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Caregiver Support

Tips to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

If you are the caregiver for a family member, your days are likely busy with little time to spare. This is especially true if you work outside the home or are raising a family. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, over 53 million people in this country held the role of the unpaid family caregiver in 2020. That translates to 21% of the population and an increase of 9.5 million people since 2015.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

Heart Health Tips for Older Adults

February is American Heart Month and is a good time for anyone - especially seniors to reevaluate their cardiovascular health.

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Diversity & Inclusion  |  Miscellaneous

PSL Achieves SAGECare Platinum Certification

As part of Presbyterian Senior Living’s (PSL) pledge to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment, PSL has partnered with the SAGE organization.

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Diversity & Inclusion

PSL Celebrates Black History Month

While you do not need an excuse to learn about the contributions and importance of African Americans in our society, Black History Month is as good a time as any to learn about the many Black History heroes of this culture.

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Seven Signs A Senior is Struggling with Self-Care

How do you know when it’s time to begin a conversation about arranging assisted living/personal care for a family member? Did you notice any of these clues when you last visited a loved one?

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Don't Wait - Now is the Time to Consider Steps to Maintain a Healthy Weight

As 2023 begins, many people often consider their New Year’s resolutions and what goals they have set for the year ahead. For many, one of their goals is weight loss, or just maintaining a certain weight. This begs the question, what is a good weight? What is a healthy weight? This is the age-old question many people wonder about.

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Organizational Culture & Why Should It Matter to You

What is organizational culture and why should it matter to you? According to Gotham Culture; Organizational culture is defined as the underlying beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization.

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Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle During Winter

If you’re like many people, the healthy resolutions you made at the beginning of the year are beginning to falter. The holidays are behind us, and the winter doldrums might be settling in. Despite having the best of intentions, it can be a struggle to stick with new year’s goals to eat healthy and exercise faithfully. Unlike the warmer months of the year, when it just seems easier to stay active and engaged, winter can tempt us to stay indoors and hibernate until spring.

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Start Your New Year with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Mind

Happy New Year! A new year brings on many thoughts surrounding where you were in the previous year; goals you have of where you want to be in the coming year and the development of a strategy to meet those goals.

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How to Handle Stress & Depression Around the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for family and friends to come together, and this also can bring stress, anxiety, and even depression due to an array of demands. According to a survey, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that approximately 24% of people with a diagnosed mental illness find that the holidays make their condition “a lot” worse and 40% “somewhat” worse. Here are some tips to minimize the stress that it brings:

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A Special Holiday Message from Presbyterian Senior Living's President & CEO

Dear PSL Family, We are heading into one of the most exciting times of the year! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or another annual celebration, this time of year is the opportunity to take stock of our blessings, rekindle old relationships, spend time with the ones we love, and for many, exchange gifts and best wishes to those closest in our lives.

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10 Activities for You and Your Caregiver To Do Together This Winter

As winter makes its return, seniors and caregivers often find themselves spending more time indoors. That’s especially true once the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over. It’s a situation that can cause cabin fever for both the senior and their family caregiver. Research shows that as much as 15% of people find the winter months to be a difficult time to stay positive.

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Mission Driven Leadership Continues at PSL

At Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL), we believe our people and our relationships play essential roles in our continued success and stability. For over nine decades, our mission has informed our work. It has helped us create compassionate, vibrant, and supportive environments at each of our communities. And to design resident services that nurture the body, mind, and spirit.

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December Holidays and Celebrations Across the World

The month of December holds many recognized holiday celebrations. One of the most recognized is Christmas which is celebrated on December 25th. This marks for Christians, the birth of the last true prophet sent by God. We also celebrate the following well known holidays in December:

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Thrive Wellness

2022 Thrive Wellness Olympics Recap

During October, residents and team members from across all Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) communities participated in the second annual “Thrive Wellness Olympics” and the following events: Move-A-Thon – Physical Dimension Kindness Rocks – Spiritual Dimension Talent Show – Emotional Dimension Two selections: Cards for the Troops and Humane Care for animals – Vocational Dimension Guest speaker – Intellectual Dimension Social mixer – Social Dimension

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Green Ridge Village  |  Miscellaneous

Green Ridge Village Toots Its Own Horn for National Model Railroad Month

In celebration of National Model Railroad Month, Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) is highlighting Green Ridge Village’s Model Railroad – the Green Ridge & Big Springs HO Scale Model Railroad. Green Ridge Village along with Quincy Village and Ware Presbyterian Village all have Model Railroad Clubs for residents to participate in and enjoy.

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Miscellaneous

Happy Veterans Day from Presbyterian Senior Living

Every year, we take the time to recognize the men and women who have bravely served our country. Did you know that currently, in the US – there are more than 11 million seniors that have served in the military, which is over 15% of the current senior population.

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Diversity & Inclusion

November Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated to honor the remarkable Native Americans who have contributed a lot to improve the character of the nation. This month is also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. November is the time to rejoice in diverse and rich cultures, histories, and traditions and appreciate the great contributions of the Native Americans, and spread awareness about tribes. National Native American Month started as an effort to get a day of appreciation and acknowledgment for the unique contributions made by the first Americans for the growth and establishment of the United States. The effort has now resulted in a whole month being celebrated for that purpose.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

This Fall - Pause and Take a Breath of Fresh Air

October is a special time of year filled with many seasonal experiences. Brilliant colors emerge as we experience fall foliage, and are able to view the beauty of our surroundings and landscapes. Fall festivals, hayrides, crop harvesting, and pumpkin picking are just a few of the autumn experiences we can enjoy. Costume ideas and creativity abound, as children prepare for the excitement of Halloween… And one of course cannot forget the flavors of fall that are available to us, whether pumpkin spice, yummy baked goods, nuts and vegetables that have been harvested – there are so many choices that please the palate.

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Philanthropy

Staff Giving at Presbyterian Senior Living

With Giving Tuesday coming up next month on November 29th, we wanted to share one of the ways that Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) supports not just the organization itself, but the people who truly make PSL what it is. Who’s that, you may ask? Our wonderful staff!

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Health & Aging

Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer and What You Can Do to Be Aware

Breast cancer is one of, if not the most, common types of cancer. The American Cancer Society predicted there would be about 287,850 new cases in 2022 for women alone. During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to bring up ways to help prevent the disease as well as ways to increase awareness.

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Diversity & Inclusion

October Celebrates Global Diversity Awareness Month and Polish Heritage Month

Global Diversity and Awareness Month: The month of October is an opportunity to pay tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs held by all cultures around the world. We live in a multicultural society and embracing the values of various cultures only strengthens our understanding and appreciation of the world. Open your mind to new views and ideas this month, appreciate cultural differences, and enjoy a fresh perspective you may have been missing. As the world becomes a place where cultures and customs come together, there are multiple opportunities to learn.

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Miscellaneous

PSL Residents Create Note Cards to Benefit Ukraine War Refugees

The horrific images coming out of Ukraine over the last few months have left people around the world shocked and heartbroken, including the residents from Long Community at Highland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “When the war first started back in late February,” explains Community Life Coordinator Connie Hazeltine, “we would talk about and pray for Ukraine and its people during our devotions.”

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

2022 PSL Thrive Wellness October Olympics

During the month of October, residents and team members from across all PSL communities will participate in the second annual PSL Thrive Wellness Olympics.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

The Importance of Memory Care in a Senior Living Community

An essential component of a life plan community is compassionate memory support. When a loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, finding a care partner that understands the disease and how to promote individual success is vital.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

Think FAST: How to Tell if Someone You Know is Having a Stroke

The phrase “Every minute counts” is a warning to heed if you suspect someone close to you is having a stroke. Getting immediate medical help is vital. So much so that researchers call the first hour after stroke symptoms appear the “golden hour.” If a person can get to the hospital during that first hour, their chances of survival and recovery are much greater. According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the second leading cause of death globally.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

Goal Setting and Healthy Aging

Committing to a healthy lifestyle is a goal people often set for themselves. It’s not only important for looking and feeling your best, but for enjoying a longer, better quality life. Unfortunately, not many of us are able to stick with that goal despite having the best of intentions. Experts say there are many reasons why people fail and it often boils down to having clear, attainable objectives.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Celebrating Hispanic American History and International Day of Peace

National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the culture, heritage, and contributions of Hispanic Americans each year. In 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, the week of September 15 and 16 was deemed National Hispanic Heritage Week to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the diverse cultures within the Hispanic community. President Ronald Reagan expanded it in 1988 to include a 30-day period that started on September 15th and ended on October 15. The Public Law 100-402 approved it and it was made law on August 17, 1988.

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Thrive Wellness

National Wellness Month

Every August we celebrate “National Wellness Month” which focuses on self-care, stress management, and creating healthy routines. There is no better time to focus on your wellness than now.

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Miscellaneous

Technology for Today's Seniors

Over the last several years, many people turned to technology for support with necessities. From online grocery shopping to virtual physician appointments, different types of technologies made the pandemic easier to navigate. Even those older adults who were previously reluctant to embrace tech products started using video-chat services, like Zoom and Skype, to connect with loved ones.

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Community News  |  Miscellaneous

Carol Carter Retiring After 45 Years at PSL

There’s an old saying that if you treat employees like they make a difference, they will. This is a tenet that is practiced at all Presbyterian Senior Living communities and one which leads to high team member satisfaction. But even the most loyal of employees don’t usually reach the milestone one team member recently hit. After 45 years at the Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, Pennsylvania, Carol Carter is retiring.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Recognizing National Civility Month

August celebrates National Civility Month as a way to recognize that people being civil to each other is what makes the world a better place. This holiday was founded to help the world remember to treat others the way we wish to be treated ourselves — with kindness, empathy, and respect.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

UV Safety Month: How to Protect Your Skin During the Summer Months

The dog days of summer are upon us, and for many, that means spending time outside enjoying backyard BBQs and family get-togethers, pool parties, trips to the beach and outdoor sporting events. Summer is also the time of year when we are most at risk for damage to our skin and eyes from the sun’s Ultraviolet rays. July is the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Ultraviolet Safety Awareness Month, and it is its mission to spread awareness about the dangers of UV rays and educate on how to protect our skin and eyes from these harmful rays.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

Services to Support Aging

Since the COVID-19 pandemic required most of us to stay at home for long periods of time, there’s been an increase in the number and types of businesses that deliver. From grocery deliveries to pet food supply drop-offs, we've rounded up some of the best services to support aging adults or caregivers.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Look Who's Turning 65 in 2022

Baby boomers have redefined aging since the first members of this large demographic group started retiring in 2012. The term baby boomer comes from the spike in birth rates following the end of World War II. Over the last decade, almost 30 million adults born between the years 1946 and 1964 have retired.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Recognizing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

On July 26, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will celebrate its 32nd anniversary. In our March blog, we shared information on Ableism, the discrimination against people with disabilities. Ableism is the forward motion of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Thrive Wellness

Get Your Summer Started and Celebrate National Get Outdoors Month

For many of us, as the spring flowers of May start to give way to the warmer temperatures of June, our thoughts turn towards annual pilgrimages to the beach, camping trips in the woods or getaways to secluded mountain retreats. Traditionally June is a time when we turn our attention to recreating outdoors, and in 2019, the U.S. Senate officially declared June as National Great Outdoors Month.

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Presbyterian Senior Living

The Nonprofit Difference: Mission-Driven Senior Living

When you or an older loved one are exploring senior living and care options, one difference you’ll likely discover lies in the ownership structure of the companies. Some are owned by non-profit organizations, and others by for-profit corporations. While there are certainly for-profit entities that provide excellent residential and care services, the reality is that for-profit providers are a business compromised of investors or shareholders who expect a return on their investment.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

Managing the Guilt of Moving a Loved One to Senior Living

The role of caregiving for a loved one can be rewarding and demanding at the same time. Often, a caregiver juggles their responsibilities while also working outside the home and supporting the needs of their spouse and children. It is a balancing act that can become difficult to manage, sometimes putting the caregiver’s own health at risk.

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Health & Aging

The Role of Lifelong Learning in Healthy Aging

Aging well is a topic that’s become increasingly popular as more baby boomers leave the workforce. Retirees or those close to retirement often seek new ways to protect their physical and mental well-being over the long term. That’s one reason so many people have become interested in the idea of lifelong learning.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Social Economic Status and the Senior Population

According to AARP; by 2030, one in every five Americans will be over age 65, and our nation will face a severe shortage in appropriate housing to meet their needs. As people age, they need housing that is structurally and mechanically safe and that accommodates people with disabilities. If we view this statistic through the lens of seniors living on fixed incomes with little savings, providing affordable housing is critical.

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Join PSL on June 21 for "The Longest Day"

June 21, 2022, in the northern hemisphere, marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. According to Britannica, “During the summer solstice, the path of the sun in the sky is farthest north in the Northern Hemisphere and travels the longest path through the sky, and that day, therefore, has the most daylight.” “Each year, the Alzheimer's Association promotes the summer solstice and “The Longest Day” with the saying, “The day with the most light is the day we fight.” On June 21, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice. Together, they use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.”

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Health & Aging

Pets and Seniors: A Mutually Beneficial Friendship

Pets usually make loyal companions who love us unconditionally. They provide a sense of joy and purpose that may be especially welcome during the retirement years. Also, the health benefits associated with owning a pet are numerous. The key is to find the right kind of animal for a senior’s budget, lifestyle, and space.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Are Electric Vehicles a Good Choice for Older Adults?

Gas prices have been on a roller coaster over the past few months. Because COVID-19 kept more people at home, demand was low in recent years. That led to deflated gas prices that most of us became accustomed to. With demand for gasoline soaring and supply more limited than ever, people are looking for alternatives. This has brought the issue of electric vehicles to the forefront once again.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

Celebrating Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation. While raising families and building careers, older Americans also gave back to their communities in a variety of ways. In their lifetime, times have changed, and they continue to volunteer and serve their neighborhoods in their own ways. Whether they mentored children, volunteered at a soup kitchen, or served their country, each one deserves recognition for their commitment.

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Health & Aging  |  Thrive Wellness

Stress - Recognize and Address It

Stress is something that all of us experience at times throughout our lives. It can often impact our emotional and physical well-being. As part of the Emotional dimension of Thrive Wellness, in April we recognize National Stress Awareness Month. It is important to highlight stress as we must acknowledge and address it when it enters our lives. There are also now many resources and recommendations known to help, which contribute to lowering our stress levels. Finding the appropriate ways to address stress in our lives, as well as finding the ways and methods that work best for us – will help to enhance our overall well-being and sense of personal wellness.

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Health & Aging

Earth Day 2022: Tips to Help Seniors Lower Their Carbon Footprint

From the increased frequency of severe storms to an overall shift in weather patterns, there’s no denying climate change is upon us. To mitigate the situation, we need to make modifications in our lifestyles. While many people have come to understand this reality, some aren’t quite sure where and how to get started.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

Smart Home Technologies for Older Adults

When a senior is trying to remain independent in their home, family members often wonder about their safety. From concerns about fires to medication management, there are a variety of potential problems that cause loved ones to worry. Fortunately, technology has evolved to offer products that support the independence of seniors.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Unity in Diversity

Celebrating what makes us all different and unique and the importance of recognizing the positive impact that diversity has within our families, our communities and our workplaces are the foundation of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: March Your Way To Good Nutrition

As part of the physical dimension of Thrive Wellness, in March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month it’s important and valuable to take some time to learn about proper nutrition, as well as the related elements involved. In particular, those which become even more important as we age; what essential nutrients and foods should we consume? Simply being mindful and intentional of our food choices is a great first step. Many of us can remember the age-old adage – “You are what you eat” – in some ways, this is true. Like gasoline/diesel is the fuel for many vehicles – so are food and proper nutrients, the essential “fuel” our bodies need to maintain our healthy, active lifestyle.

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Finance & Planning  |  Miscellaneous

Protecting a Senior from Identity Theft During Tax Season

The 2021 tax deadline is fast approaching. Your return must be filed by midnight on Monday, April 18, 2022. While you do have a few extra days to finish your taxes this year, this is a task few people look forward to even if they use a tax preparer or accountant. Added to the stress of tax time is a complication that has popped up in recent years—identity theft. Many seniors aren’t even aware of this concern.

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Health & Aging

5 Ways Seniors Can Lower the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

What you eat plays an essential role in health and wellness, especially as you get older. From heart disease and diabetes to various types of cancer, your diet impacts personal risk for disease. One of those is colorectal cancer. Research shows the dietary choices you make are likely linked to whether you develop colorectal cancer or not.

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Miscellaneous

Women's History Month: The Woman Behind Who We Are Today

As many are aware, March is Women’s History Month. As an organization, we decided what better way to celebrate women’s history than to share the story of how we began, by the means of a remarkable woman, Ellen Parker. In addition to being the driving force behind the inception of our organization, it was 9 women who were the first residents to join us. Our organization's history traces back over 95 years to Newville, PA, which is today the site of Green Ridge Village.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Let's Talk About Ableism

Have you ever made the statement "the blind leading the blind" when referring to a group of people you don't think have enough skills or commented that your words "fell on deaf ears" when you thought someone did not listen to you close enough? These phrases are ground into our vernacular so thoroughly that we don't even give them a second thought before saying them. We usually mean no harm when we say things like that, but they are ableist statements that are harmful to disabled people.

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: American Heart Month

As part of the physical dimension of Thrive Wellness, we recognize American Heart Month during February. We consider the important functions of our hearts and how we can ensure their proper health. The human heart is the most important muscle in the human body— without it functioning, we cannot survive. Its function is essential, and it must continually work, never resting, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Caregiver Support  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

How Memory Care Improves Quality of Life for Adults with Dementia

When a senior in the family has dementia, it’s important to give careful consideration to how you can meet their needs now and into the future. Primary care doctors often suggest adult children explore memory support programs well before it is necessary to utilize one.

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Health & Aging

Protecting Senior Skin During Harsh Winter Weather

While most of us are fairly tuned in to skin safety during the summer months, winter can be tough on the skin, too. From the furnace causing dry skin indoors to exposure to the harsh elements outdoors, developing a winter skin-care regimen is essential. The situation can be even worse for older adults who often have thinner, more sensitive skin.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Ageism

When we think about diversity, we tend to think about it through some aspects of race, culture, gender or sexual orientation. Another part of diversity is looking at age through the lens of inclusion and belonging; how do we address ageism?

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Tips for Staying on Track During the Winter

Are you happy with where you are along your wellness journey? Do you frequently take time for YOU? Time to exercise, walk, engage with friends and family, read, relax, meditate, listen to music – whatever it is that you enjoy doing in your free time? Are you actively pursuing and engaging with hobbies that interest you? What are some ways you engage your body, mind, and spirit along the six dimensions of Thrive wellness: Emotional, Vocational, Social, Intellectual, Physical, and Spiritual?

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Health & Aging

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System in the Winter

From holiday gatherings that can expose people to sickness to the weariness of winter, immunity may be lower this time of year. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn how to pump up your immune system and increase your body’s defenses against illness.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

What is a Life Plan Community?

If the term life plan community isn’t familiar to you, the phrase continuing care retirement community (CCRC) might be. LeadingAge®, an association of nonprofit organizations designed to support and enhance the lives of older adults, surveyed people to see how they felt about the use of CCRC and continuing care retirement community to describe senior living. Unsurprisingly, many older adults weren’t so excited about it.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Practicing Acceptance in the New Year

Each new year many of us make New Year's resolutions or make goals for the New Year. Some are focused on health and nutrition. Some are more specific, like saving more for my future, going back to school, starting my own business.

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Mindfulness and Meditation

Throughout the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be challenging to take time to slow down. Add in the holidays, filled with events, shopping, visiting family, and it's easy to get bogged down. The next thing you know, it's the middle of January. Is it possible to make time slow down? If only we had an answer for that! It may not be possible to slow down time physically, but there may be a way to get the most out of our time and increase our happiness over time spent.

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Caregiver Support

Healthy Caregiver Resolutions

For the 40.4 million people in the United States caring for a senior loved one, practicing a healthy lifestyle might not be a high priority. From tending to a family member’s personal care needs to tracking a medication schedule, caregiving responsibilities can be stressful and time-consuming.

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Caregiver Support  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

Discussing a Parent's Care Needs with Siblings

If you are an adult child who acts as the primary caregiver for an aging parent, you are probably the sibling most attuned to their needs. And you are likely aware of how quickly those needs can change. Long-distance siblings and those who don’t participate in caregiving might not be as aware of the type and extent of care your parent requires. They might also be in denial about the parent’s decline in health, and unaware that a move to assisted living may be on the horizon.

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Miscellaneous

Your Senior Holiday Gift Guide

Have you been scratching your head over what to get your senior loved one for Christmas? With the holiday season right around the corner, we've compiled a list of gift ideas that are sure to satisfy those with all sorts of interests!

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Celebrating Diversity in December

December is the month in which many celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. There are several other holidays celebrated in December outside of Christmas. This month we would like to highlight just a few of those holidays and share with you their origin. You may already be familiar with these holidays and enjoy celebrating them with family and friends.

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Philanthropy  |  Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: PSL Residents Embrace the Season of Giving Through Thrive Olympic Challenge

Today we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! To spread the holiday cheer, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on the Thrive Olympic Challenge and the benefits it brought to not only the residents who participated but also surrounding communities as a whole.

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Avoid Fire Safety Risks During the Holidays

The upcoming holidays are eagerly anticipated seasons of the year. Many people decorate their homes with candles, twinkling lights, and fresh scented trees. It’s a welcome way to gather with friends and loved ones.

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Caregiver Support  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

Warning Signs a Senior Needs Assisted Living

As a parent grows older, an adult child may wonder what options are available to keep their loved one safe and happy. While many people are familiar with the term assisted living, also referred to as personal care, fewer understand what it entails and when it’s time to consider it. The same is true for in-home care.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: World Kindness Day & International Day for Tolerance

In November, there are two celebrations that everyone may not be aware of, which speak directly to understanding and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe they both will make you smile!

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is national breast cancer awareness month. At PSL, we want to do our part to share information in honor of all those who have or are fighting this horrible disease. Unfortunately, "about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. A man's lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 833," according to Breastcancer.org.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

Halloween Safety Tips for Adults with Dementia