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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 Support 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, 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: 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

Make Healthy Caregiver Resolutions in 2022

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

Halloween is a night celebrated in many neighborhoods across the country with a variety of traditions being practiced. Decorating homes and yards, hosting a block party, and donning costumes to go trick-or-treating are just a few. The festivities are usually fun for people of all ages.

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Health & Aging

Separating Fact From Fiction About Flu Shots

A cough, fever, and body aches are telltale signs of the seasonal flu. As the world’s attention remains focused on fighting the coronavirus, it’s important not to forget that flu season is upon us. The flu virus may begin making the rounds in early October, though peak flu season is usually December through February.

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Diversity & Inclusion

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

October is a month filled with celebrations for various groups of people. In this blog, we've listed a few you may not have known about!

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Thrive Wellness: Fall Into Healthy Eating Habits This Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful season of the year that brings with it many traditions and celebrations. You can see beautiful colors as the leaves change and participate in various fall events such as hayrides, apple picking, corn mazes, etc. When walking or driving through your neighborhood on a nice day, you may even smell the pleasant aromas of fresh fruit pies and baked goods filling the crisp autumn air.

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Health & Aging

5 Life-Altering Effects of Occupational Therapy for Seniors

What Is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy is a treatment that teaches purposeful techniques you can use to overcome physical, emotional, or social problems experienced in the context of daily living. The techniques taught by occupational therapists benefit the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.

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Caregiver Support  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

How to Talk with Children and Teens about Alzheimer's

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the entire family is affected. And in ways that extend far beyond providing care. From concerns about daily supervision to talking with the senior about giving up driving, families face unique challenges.

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CCRC  |  Caregiver Support

Helping Seniors Make the Most of Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period for 2022 is almost here. This 8-week period of time gives Medicare recipients an opportunity to make changes to their current health plan coverage. The window for making changes opens on October 15 and closes on December 7 every year.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the culture, heritage, and contributions of Hispanic Americans each year. The event began in 1968 when Congress deemed the week including September 15 and 16 National Hispanic Heritage Week to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the diverse cultures within the Hispanic community.

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: October PSL Olympics & Future Programming for All Levels of Living

2021 has been an exciting year so far for Thrive Wellness, as community committees have been forming in Presbyterian Senior Living’s Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Residents have been leading the efforts, inviting team members to join these important committees that meet monthly in each community.

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Health & Aging

The Benefits of Meditation for Seniors

What is meditation? Meditation is an extremely ambiguous term that we often hear thrown around frequently in our society. If you ask someone to define meditation, you are bound to get many different answers, but the central concept to take with you is that it's all about finding awareness and perspective through mindfulness. But, what is mindfulness? When you are practicing mindfulness (which I've found lends itself hand and hand to meditation) you are present, rested in the here and now, and fully engaged in the moment. 

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Health & Aging

Heart Health and Aging: Coronary Heart Disease and How to Prevent it

Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. This fact is a scary reality that far too many have to face. To start, let's talk about what coronary heart disease is.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Acknowledging International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and National Civility Day

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is celebrated annually on August 9. As we recognize this date, we are sharing the foundation for this recognition and highlighting the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the world. Our goal in each of our blogs is to expand knowledge and celebrate the diversity that has made us who we are as a nation. 

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Ware Presbyterian Village Turns Out For "Independents' Day" Games and Picnic

After three months of planning by the Thrive Wellness Community Committee (TWCC), on July 1st, well over 100 independent living residents came out for a field day and picnic. The purpose was to celebrate the kickoff of Ware’s Thrive Wellness initiative.

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Health & Aging

How Senior Living Communities Help Residents Navigate Our Nation's Changing Healthcare Landscape

You read it in the newspapers every day – the cost of healthcare is rising, the system is harder to understand and navigate, and patients are not getting the benefit for all of the money our healthcare system costs the country. And, if you have chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, COPD or congestive heart failure, chances are you’ve experienced significant confusion and conflicting information as you navigate the system.

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Health & Aging  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

How to Access Assisted Living for Your Spouse Without Moving Apart

You may be in a situation where someone you care about, may that be a spouse, parent, relative, or friend, is struggling to care for themselves. Perhaps you realize living at home is not the ideal situation for your senior loved one, but you aren't sure how to start the conversation about seeking out a senior living community. If you feel like you can relate to the circumstance outlined above, you're in luck. In this article, we'll cover how to address this often touchy subject and give you tips on navigating the process.

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Caregiver Support

7 Questions to Ask Before Moving Your Loved One Into a Nursing Home

Reasons to move your senior loved one into a nursing home can vary from high and low. For whatever reason you have chosen to seek out a nursing home for your senior loved one, it is important to know that you are moving them into a place where they will get the best care possible.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: National Disability Independence Day & World Friendship Day

During the month of July, we recognize the long-standing celebration of July 4th, as well as a plethora of other notable days! We wanted to share some of these dates of importance with you as we celebrate diversity and inclusion and continue to learn more about each other.

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Enjoy the Great Outdoors

I often tell people that my family and I are "outdoor cats" as we spend a lot of our time at home playing in the yard and gardening, and on the weekends and vacation, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking and backpacking.

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CCRC  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

5 Ways to Celebrate Father's Day Virtually

With Father's Day approaching this weekend, many of us may still be coming up with last-minute plans to help dad feel special. Although many people are back to in-person visits, it's likely that some may still be celebrating dad's holiday from afar. If this is still the case for you, you're in luck! We've put together some ideas for celebrating your dad, no matter the distance. 

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

How to Prevent Dehydration This Summer

As summer is in full swing and the outside temperature heats up, it's a perfect time to start talking about preventing dehydration throughout the summer months. Older adults face an increased risk of dehydration due to reduced ability to conserve water, a decrease in thirst, and a decreased daily fluid intake. Chronic illnesses and medication use increase risk as well, so seniors suffering from diabetes or dementia or taking certain medications may be at higher risk of dehydration.

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Diversity & Inclusion

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

The month of June offers multiple month-long recognitions and individual dates that celebrate the diversity of our Nation. These celebrations showcase the strength, determination and faith of many different cultures and backgrounds. We share a few widely known celebrations along with a few you may not be as familiar with.    

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Thrive Wellness: Strike the Right Balance with Proper Posture

A few months ago, in one of our Thrive Wellness blogs, we highlighted walking as a great way to engage in a simple, easy, healthy physical activity. Walk when you have time and enjoy it – walk inside, perhaps on a piece of exercise equipment, or head outdoors. When walking outside, one not only gains the benefits of the physical movement itself – but can also enjoy other key dimensions of wellness such as emotional, spiritual, and social. Walking is an activity that is beneficial for various reasons, but how a person walks is noteworthy, as well. 

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Health & Aging

Skin Protection for Seniors

As the weather gets warmer, people often find themselves spending more time outdoors than they did in the past months. Summer is right around the corner, which brings the promise of afternoon walks, water activities, and picnics. The opportunities are endless! With these activities also come the dangers of the sun's harmful rays. In this blog post, we look at some easy ways to protect your skin during the summer months, along with some common misconceptions about skin protection!

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Caregiver Support

5 DIY Craft Activities for Caregivers to do with Seniors

Are you searching for a budget friendly gift for family and friends or just looking for some easy crafts to do with your senior loved one?  We have compiled 5 do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that are fast, fun, and functional for everyday life. These DIY's can be made for yourself or made to be given as an affordable gift!

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Celebrating Older American's Month

May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those who are over 65, our seniors who have contributed to their families, our communities and our country in countless ways. The celebration of this nationally recognized month was established in 1963 when only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty, and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as "Senior Citizens Month," the prelude to "Older Americans Month." 

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! Every spring, PSL communities honor and celebrate the valuable contributions that volunteers provide them. Volunteers bring their talents, gifts, and skills to share and positively impact the lives of many residents.  In this blog, we'll explain why volunteers are such a vital part of our organization, and hear from two avid volunteers at our communities!

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Health & Aging

Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

Spring brings the promise of warmer weather, outdoor activities, chirping birds, and longer days, but with it also comes the chores you’ve been putting off all winter. Whether it’s giving your car a deep clean or reorganizing your “junk drawer,” spring is the best time to dive into your long-awaited cleaning projects and get your home feeling fresh and new. In this blog, we have compiled some helpful spring cleaning tips for seniors.

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Miscellaneous

Don't Get "April Fooled" - Common Scams to Watch Out For

Scammers and fraud are nothing new, and unfortunately, they’ve been around for a long time. However, as technology gets more advanced and complicated, the scams people can come up with also get more complex. But even just a little knowledge can help you spot and outwit a scammer. Below are some of the most common scams, and what you should look out for in each of them.

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Personal Care/Assisted Living

5 Things You Should Know About Personal Care

Personal care homes provide seniors with professional assistance when needed and a way to enjoy an active lifestyle. Most personal care and assisted living communities offer meals, housekeeping and transportation services, assistance with the activities of daily living (ADL's), security and 24/7 on-call assistance. Personal care homes provide the opportunity for companionship for those seniors who would benefit from daily support and often host programming in a group setting to promote socialization.  Many communities have been successful in adapting activities and engagement to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Understanding Bias

As Presbyterian Senior Living continues on our journey towards belonging, we acknowledge that everyone has a bias. It is a part of who we all are.  There are multiple resources available that speak to bias and help you understand bias and its role in the workplace or personal relationships.  

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness: Consider Taking a Stroll

Spring is officially here….and with this wonderful season comes longer days and a trend towards warmer days as well. Fresh air and vitamin D are just a few of the health benefits derived from walking outside. Consider going for a stroll around your neighborhood and community – get outside and really breathe in the fresh air.

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Caregiver Support

How to Tell Mom It's Time to Stop Driving

You love your parents. You don't want anything to happen to them. When you see your mom getting behind the wheel, you feel scared every time she heads out to run an errand. What if she misses a red light? Or doesn't hear a siren coming up behind her?

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Health & Aging

National Nutrition Month 2021

National Nutrition Month is a time to learn more about how to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. Set small, realistic goals that help you make positive changes to avoid becoming overwhelmed or being too restrictive. Try the following weekly goals in your daily routine during the next 4 weeks!

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Celebrating International Women's Day

March 8 is designated as International Women's Day, which is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change, and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in their countries' history.

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Thrive Wellness

Residents' Thoughts on Thrive Wellness: An Interview With Steering Group Members

As the Thrive Wellness launch continues, we decided to sit down and hear from residents first hand, to hear some of their thoughts and feelings about Thrive.   Two resident members of the Thrive Wellness Steering Group, Fred from Ware Presbyterian Village and Barb from Westminster Woods at Huntingdon, sat down with Jim Mangol and were interviewed.

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Health & Aging

Why A Healthy Heart Matters and What You Can Do About It

February is American Heart Health Month, but it's important to remember the benefits of keeping your heart healthy all year long. The goal of American Heart Health Month is to save lives by preventing one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by the year 2117. As you’ll see, maintaining a healthy heart is incredibly important. But thankfully, it’s also relatively easy.

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Health & Aging

The Secret to Staying Healthy

It has been well publicized in recent years that a sedentary lifestyle can increase the likelihood of adverse medical conditions. Some of these conditions include diabetes, heart attack, certain cancers, stroke, cognitive decline, and osteoporosis.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Recognizing Black History Month for the Month of February

February is Black History Month. In celebrating the contributions, the challenges, and the African American community's determination, we wanted to take this opportunity to share how this celebration began.  

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Thrive Wellness

Thrive Wellness Education and Preparations for Launch Have Begun!

The Thrive Wellness Steering Group (TWSG) met on January 6th. During this meeting, the team finalized the presentation and education for PSL team members and all residents as part of the Thrive rollout. The next step was to meet with the entire Operations Leadership Team on January 15th to present Thrive Wellness. These leaders from across PSL have all been a part of the whole development process, as they have received several presentations and updates over the last year on Thrive Wellness. This presentation included providing all executive directors and campus leadership with the Thrive Wellness PowerPoint and the Thrive Wellness Community Committee charter for sharing with their resident councils and all residents. Executive Directors will make these presentations soon, along with their steering group representative.  

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Finding Purpose After Retirement

What gets you out of bed in the morning? At Presbyterian Senior Living, we strive to support individuals to find purpose in their day and have a meaningful life. Whether it is ensuring a team member feels supported, appreciated and that their job has meaning or supporting residents by providing opportunities to try new things or continue pursuing a skill, it requires focusing on multiple aspects daily.

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Health & Aging

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts From the CDC

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available to the staff and residents we serve, it is important to understand the facts. Below are some common questions and misconceptions that are answered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and the Importance of Belonging: Presbyterian Senior Living's Path Forward

As a faith-based organization, Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) is founded on the belief that every human being is unique and of infinite worth. Based on this premise, Presbyterian Senior Living is committed to fully embracing the diversity of all persons served so that together, we can foster a culture of inclusion in an environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect.

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Thrive Wellness

Steering Group Approves Charter, Creates Community Education, and Prepares for Launch!

The Thrive Wellness Steering Group (TWSG) met for the seventh time on December 2nd. During this meeting, the Thrive Wellness Community Committee charter was approved, and the 2021 rollout plan was discussed. In the first quarter of 2021, residents will be provided education about Thrive Wellness. First, Resident Councils will have a presentation from their Executive Director or Campus Administrator and their Thrive Wellness Steering Group member. After this presentation to the council, a Thrive Wellness presentation will be given to all residents via a virtual town hall, community newsletter, etc. Each PSL community will choose the form of communication that works best for them.

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Finance & Planning  |  Housing & Development

5 Tips to Ensure Your Home Sells in the Winter

The fall home-selling season is a lot like the college football season – both normally end around Thanksgiving, but a smaller postseason keeps going long after that.

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CCRC  |  Miscellaneous

PSL Holiday Gifting Guidelines 2020

The season of giving is right around the corner! Although Christmas may look different this year, we still welcome the tradition of gift giving to family or friends living at our various communities! That being said, it is important we maintain safety protocols during this ongoing pandemic. Please continue reading to find out all of our gift giving guidelines for this 2020 holiday season!

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

How to Prepare Your Aging Loved One for Winter

Often times, seniors need extra attention during winter because they are especially vulnerable to colder temperatures, slipping and falling on snow or becoming homebound and isolated. By implementing winter preparation strategies before snow and frigid temperatures settle in, you can keep your aging loved one safe, healthy and as independent as possible in case you cannot be there when the weather is bad.

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Health & Aging

CDC Guidance for Staying Safe This Thanksgiving Holiday

In accordance with CDC guidance, PSL is reminding all staff and residents to consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

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Thrive Wellness

Steering Groups Meets to Define Purposeful Living Philosophy and Dimensions of Thrive Wellness

The Thrive Wellness Steering Group met for the sixth time on November 4th and discussed the Thrive Wellness communication and messaging with the PSL marketing team as we move forward. The marketing team provided a presentation and then engaged the steering group with several questions to get their direct feedback and suggestions as the Thrive Wellness communication plan is being developed.

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Presbyterian Senior Living

Stories From Presbyterian Senior Living Resident Veterans

Today we celebrate those veterans who served our country. We owe you our thanks, but more than that, we owe you our freedom. There's no way to thank our veterans for everything they sacrificed for our freedom, but on Veterans Day, we have to try. So, thank you to all our service men and women! Below we have highlighted a few stories from veteran residents at our various communities.  

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Health & Aging  |  Housing & Development

Transforming Relationships Through the Power of Compassionate Touch

PSL is pleased to provide Compassionate Touch® during this pandemic to reduce resident loneliness, build relationships, and enhance engagement. Compassionate Touch® is an evidence-informed approach combining skilled touch with compassionate presence to enhance quality of life.

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Thrive Wellness

Steering Group Establishes Framework & Key Principles While Developing Thrive Wellness Community Committee Charters

The Thrive Wellness Steering Group met for the fifth time on October 14th. It focused on developing key principles for Thrive based on the common elements, themes, and trends highlighted in the feedback data from all residents’ surveys and focus groups. As previously mentioned in this monthly blog series - the steering group studied and analyzed all resident responses. As a result of this, they have been able to “pull” key ideas, common themes, and what PSL residents are saying is most important to them in their wellness journey. 

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CCRC  |  Miscellaneous  |  Presbyterian Senior Living

How PSL Continues Resident Enrichment During COVID-19 Distancing

As the senior living industry as a whole continues to adjust to the "new normal" during this pandemic, I wanted to share what the Presbyterian Senior Living community teams are doing to connect residents to their own purpose and life meaning.

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Health & Aging

Active Aging Week 2020 at Presbyterian Senior Living

Active Aging Week was October 5-11, 2020. It is an international celebration of active lifestyles organized by the International Council of Active Aging (ICAA.) This week-long celebration occurs annually and Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) has participated for the past 8 years.

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Personal Care/Assisted Living

Your Options for Personal Care in Pennsylvania

Searching for the right senior living community for your loved one can be difficult, especially if you’ve suddenly found yourself in the position to make the decision or if you’re just starting your search. There are a lot of terms thrown around for each type of care or service offered at different communities, and they can get confusing. But there’s one term you’ve probably come across a few times that tends to be more confusing than others: Personal Care.

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Thrive Wellness

PSL Resident Feedback Considered as Steering Group Studies Resident Surveys and Focus Group Results

All eleven of the Thrive Wellness focus groups across PSL have been completed, and resident feedback and input has been collected and stored. The Thrive Wellness Steering Group is listening, and residents’ voices through surveys and focus groups are now being heard. Residents’ ideas, suggestions, and recommendations are being taken into account during the development process of Thrive Wellness.

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CCRC  |  Philanthropy

Quincy Village Receives National Recognition Providing Fresh Foods to Franklin County Residents and Reducing Food Waste

Quincy Village, a Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) continuing care retirement community for seniors, is proud to announce that resident Bob Davis recently accepted the Pioneer Network and Rockport Healthcare Services Community Commitment Award on behalf of Quincy Village on September 3.

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Caregiver Support

How to Prepare for Sudden Senior Hospital Visits

Getting a call that your mom or dad is in the hospital is usually not something you want to have happen. If it’s unexpected, you can have a million thoughts flying through your mind at once. Questions about what happened, how serious it is, or what might come next will likely come to mind. With all this initial confusion, it’s possible you might forget something important in your rush to the hospital. Knowing what to bring and what calls to make ahead of time can help you stay calm and focus on what’s really important: your loved ones.

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Health & Aging

Urinary Tract Infections in Seniors with Dementia

Suffering from a urinary tract infection at any age is a painful and unpleasant experience. But for seniors — and especially those with dementia — UTIs can result in additional, serious health concerns.

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Miscellaneous

Personal Care, Assisted Living, and Health Center Visiting Options at Presbyterian Senior Living

"When can I visit (my parent, my spouse, my best friend, my child) in person and hold their hand or hug them?" is a question we hear throughout the day. At this time, the answer relies on many different variables that are unfortunately out of our control. What we do know is that being able to connect with your loved one is essential to you, the resident and to us.

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Health & Aging

Important Technology for Seniors

Technology use among seniors is continuously on the rise. According to an updated poll by the Pew Research Center, adults over the age of 65 are more digitally connected than ever before. And some groups of seniors are even as connected as their under-65 counterparts. However, even with the growing tech-savvy senior population, it can be difficult to know what technology is most useful or beneficial for seniors. The following technologies can improve a senior’s life in many ways, from connecting with family to helping with cognitive function.

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Thrive Wellness

Presbyterian Senior Living Residents Engage in Focus Groups and Steering Groups

An essential component of Thrive Wellness is residents having a voice and opportunities to provide their input as the design and development process continues this year.

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Finance & Planning

Retirement and Estate Plans: Everything You Need to Know

Planning for retirement can't begin soon enough. In fact, any good professional financial advisor will strongly recommend having enough social security, pension and investment income to remain financially afloat for at least 20 years following retirement.

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Caregiver Support  |  Finance & Planning

How You Can Help Your Aging Parents With Their Finances

As your parents grow older you may find yourself worrying about their financial situation. Whether it’s because of declining health or because their savings are running low, these can be stressful times. But they don't have to be. There are a few simple things you can do to help your parents with their finances that can put them in a more stable situation and give you peace of mind.

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Caregiver Support  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

Caregiver Stress: 5 Tips for Managing Life as a Caregiver

Taking on the role of caregiver for a senior loved one can be challenging. You're faced with a number of new responsibilities and unfamiliar feelings, like worrying about handling the additional obligations that come with caregiving, or fear about the future. You may feel guilt for not being able to do more or even anger and resentment towards your senior loved one.

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Health & Aging  |  Personal Care/Assisted Living

12 Signs It's Time to Consider Personal Care for Your Loved One

Have you found yourself suddenly faced with the decision of having to choose a long term care facility for mom or dad?  With so many options and so little time, how does one decide what’s best for their current situation?

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Caregiver Support

How to Tell When Your Loved One Needs Care Beyond Your Means

Being a caregiver for an aging loved one can be challenging. As he or she continues to need more care, you may start scolding yourself for not spending enough time with your loved one, or for not having the energy or patience needed to give your loved one the kind of one-on-one care they require.  When you are feeling exceptionally stressed, tired and worn out, you might even think your loved one is deliberately making it harder for you to care for them properly by being demanding, irritable or unreasonable. 

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Health & Aging

Hearing Health, Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know

Living a life in which you are steadily suffering from hearing loss can be difficult. No longer being able to hear the voice of the one you love, or the voice of your children can be heartbreaking. Part of keeping yourself healthy in your senior years is ensuring that your hearing is also in check. Many seniors deny their hearing loss and put off getting their hearing checked which in turn, can prolong the effects of hearing loss.

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Thrive Wellness

Presbyterian Senior Living Residents Spearheading New Thrive Wellness Initiative

Embarking on an exciting journey with ample opportunity, this year, residents of PSL are actively engaging with each other and team members to design an organization-wide, resident-led, holistic wellness program— Thrive Wellness. Officially, Thrive Wellness will launch in January 2021; however, between now and then, many special and essential steps are being taken as the development process begins— as it should, with a "grass-roots," resident-led approach.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Pride Month Facts

Gay pride or LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements. June is Pride Month and below are a few facts about why this month is celebrated.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Juneteenth: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

There has been a lot of discussion recently surrounding the date of June 19.  This holiday, Juneteenth, is significant to the African American community.  Below are a few facts about this holiday. 

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Health & Aging

The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Weight in Seniors

Maintaining a healthy weight is not only more challenging, but even more important as we age. You can support your aging loved one's health and continued independence by supporting healthy lifestyle choices.

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Caregiver Support  |  Health & Aging

Fun in the Sun: Enjoying Summer Without Worrying About the Heat

With summer right around the corner, and many people spending lots of time outdoors, it is important to keep your health in mind. Summer is a time for the outdoors, but it can be easy to fall victim to heat-related health issues if you’re not careful. The good news is there are a few summer safety tips you can follow to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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Presbyterian Senior Living

COVID-19: Q&A With CEO Jim Bernardo

In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, Presbyterian Senior Living, and the senior living industry as a whole, has received a large influx of questions regarding COVID-19. Here, our CEO, Jim Bernardo, answers ten frequently asked questions. 

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CCRC

Why You Should Move to a Senior Living Community Now More Than Ever

The senior living industry and nursing homes, in particular, have received an enormous amount of bad press during the COVID-19 pandemic. The picture painted does not accurately portray the reality of life within a community and the benefits afforded to those who live there.

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CCRC  |  Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

Seniors and Technology During COVID-19

With the current COVID-19 pandemic taking over our lives, it has becoming increasingly difficult to see friends and family, and find things to keep us occupied. This is when technology becomes your best friend! Here are some ways to use technology to help keep you occupied during the current COVID-19 regulations.

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Caregiver Support

5 Virtual Activities to Celebrate Mother's Day During COVID-19

With Mother's Day right around the corner, many of us are feeling disappointed about not spending Mother's Day with the moms we love most in our lives. Although you may not be able to visit the mother in your life, there are plenty of things to do virtually to make the most out of this situation and make Mother's Day as special as any other year! Check out our list below, where we’ve compiled five fun and unique ways to spend this holiday during such unusual times.

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Health & Aging

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers from the Alzheimer's Association

 Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.

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CDC Recommendations for Keeping Pets Safe

Many of us have a furry friend at home. In times like these, it is important to know not only how to keep yourself safe, but how to keep your pets safe as well. Below are the CDC's recommendations for maintaining the health and safety of your pet.

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15 Questions You Could Ask a Person Living With Dementia Over the Phone

This article is republished with permission from LifeBio. It may seem tough to communicate with a person living with Alzheimer's Disease or other related dementias by phone, especially during a global pandemic.  Here are two tips for starters.

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Health & Aging

7 Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During Stay at Home Orders

Stress and anxiety have increased for almost everyone while we are attempting to practice social distancing and self-isolation to protect ourselves from the spread of COVID-19.  Stress is a feeling of physical or emotional tension while anxiety is a natural response to stress and a feeling of fear of what is about to happen. It is important for us to remember to practice emotional self-care during these stressful times. Here are 7 ideas that can help you manage stress and anxiety while you are at home.

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Presbyterian Senior Living

Spiritual Reflections: Living in a COVID-19 World

In an email this weekend a resident remarked to me– “It is indeed unsettling how quickly and scary the world has suddenly become.  And the isolation from one another increases the distress, of course.” Those words express the feelings of many as we continue to face the COVID-19 situation, with all its uncertainty, inconvenience and economic impact. We wonder: To whom do we tell our fears? In what do we place our hopes? Where do we find refuge?

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Health & Aging

COVID-19: Best Practices for Seniors from the CDC

In the midst of the current public health emergency, it is important to stay educated and take precautionary measures to protect both you and those around you. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. Presbyterian Senior Living communities have implemented restrictions and procedures to help reduce the spread of this virus, but we realize that many seniors are living on their own. To help with your at-home preparedness and prevention, the following are precautionary guidelines for seniors published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Miscellaneous

Things for Seniors to do During COVID-19 Isolation

Social isolation is a term that we talk about frequently in regards to seniors, as isolation and loneliness are threats that many seniors face every day. With the current global status, just about everyone is taking this time to practice social isolation to help control the spread of the coronavirus. During this time of staying at home, it is important to continue daily activities to keep both your brain and your body active.  The following are some ideas from crafting to exercise to virtual museum tours that can help you fill your day while you're at home.

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Presbyterian Senior Living Receives 2020 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight

Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) is proud to announce that Pinnacle Quality Insight has awarded 12 PSL communities with its distinguished 2020 Customer Experience Award™. Communities that have been awarded have exceeded in qualifying categories of independent living, personal care/assisted living and skilled nursing.

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Health & Aging

Balance Exercises for Seniors

One of the biggest fears many seniors face is falling without the ability to get back up. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65 or older falls each year. This statistic is one that should make seniors think more intentionally about their own balance. As we age, we lose muscle strength and joint flexibility, as well as reduced vision and reaction time. The combination of these losses creates a perfect recipe for a fall. Thankfully, there are many easy things you can do in your daily life to help reduce your risk of falling.

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Miscellaneous

14 of the Best Apps for Seniors

In a previous blog post about the best technology for seniors, we said a smartphone is probably the number one piece of technology a senior can own. Smartphones can give seniors the ability to stay in contact with loved ones in a huge variety of ways, but the real reason to get a smartphone or tablet instead of a regular cell phone is the apps. With the right collection of apps, smartphones and tablets can promote major life improvements.

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Health & Aging

Pet Power: The Many Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors

Anyone who’s ever owned a pet knows that animals offer incomparable companionship. But they offer even more than that, particularly for the elderly. There’s no better time to highlight the value of pet ownership for seniors than with today's observation of National Love Your Pet Day Let’s take a closer look at why your aging loved one and a pet may be the perfect pair, along with tips for helping seniors find a Fido or Mittens of their own.

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Tips for Dating After Retirement

Dating in your senior years can be difficult. Just trying to meet new people as an adult can bring its own unique set of challenges. But not all hope is lost! Did you know that 29% of seniors have gone on a date with someone they met using a dating app? Although meeting dates through mutual friends still reigns as number one for seniors, dating apps come in a close second. Things in the dating world are rapidly changing and it can be hard to keep up. But don’t worry! With these tips you will have a better understanding of what to expect and how to get started. The most important thing to remember is that dating is supposed to be fun! Keep that in mind as you explore the tips below.

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Health & Aging

Celebrate American Heart Month Together: Join the #OurHearts Movement

February is American Heart Month! Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others. Here are some facts, how-to tips, and resources to inspire you to join with others to improve your heart health. 

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Miscellaneous

6 Activities for Seniors Near Hollidaysburg, PA

Having a day where you are itching for something to do but just can't think of anything? We've all been there. If you're around Hollidaysburg, you're in luck! Hollidaysburg's rich history, dating back to 1796, and its vibrant landscape makes it easy to find something to do. The town is full of a wide variety of activities, so there's always something new to do and try.

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Health & Aging

Veterans, Dependents, & Survivors: Are You Informed of Your VA Benefits?

Are you a veteran of our armed forces, a spouse, dependent, or surviving parent of a veteran? We want to help you remain successful and thrive in this ever changing economy. According to the 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report, as published by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, 1 out of 2 veterans will face unemployment. With the rising cost of health care, economical constraints, and money woes, we want to make sure those who have dedicated their lives—protecting ours—remain informed of their benefits and continue to flourish.

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Health & Aging

Searching For Senior Living: 6 Tips To Consider

Perhaps we should have titled this post "Searching for Love" instead of "Searching for Senior Living." After all, you want to fall in love with your senior living community—not just like it.

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Finance & Planning

5 Risks of Putting Off Retirement Planning

It’s no secret that Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement. According to Forbes, if we do nothing in the next 12 years, 40 percent of middle-class older workers will be poor and near poor elders. 

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Health & Aging  |  Miscellaneous

8 Celebrities You Won’t Believe Are Turning 65 in 2020

Turning 65 is an important milestone in one’s life. It is around the age where individuals begin to think about retirement. Staying healthy doesn’t need to end just because you are entering your retirement years! Turning 65 should be a celebration, so check out these 10 celebrities you won’t believe are turning 65 in 2020 and their tips on how they stay healthy during their retirement years.

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Presbyterian Senior Living

Top 10 Most Visited Blogs in 2019

In 2019, we had a lot of visitors on our blog — 62,000 to be exact! At Presbyterian Senior Living, we strive to provide reliable and resourceful information for those interested in the senior living industry. Whether you're a future resident looking to navigate a move to a senior living community, a caregiver feeling stressed, or a medical care provider looking for information to share with your patients, we're here to help. Here's a small recap of our most visited blogs in 2019!

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Health & Aging

7 Ways to Maintain Dental Health With Age

Our bodies are constantly changing every day, and it is up to us to take care of ourselves. It is important to not give up on our bodies as we age, but rather, to take extra care of them.

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Health & Aging

11 Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain in Seniors

Living with the same pain day in and day out can be excruciating. Suffering from carpal tunnel, arthritis, or joint pain can lead to a lifetime of frustration and difficulty. Things that were once simple day to day activities can become a difficult process that can sometimes require help.

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7 Wellness Classes for Seniors in Philadelphia

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the first wealth is health.” Being healthy is something you have to want for your own wellbeing. If you’re reading this and thinking, “I want to get active but I don’t think I can keep up with it,” don’t fret!

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Personal Care/Assisted Living

Caregivers: What Is Respite Care and Why Should You Take Advantage of It?

Life can get tricky. Balancing your own life is hard enough, but add caring for your aging loved one to the mix, and you might find yourself exhausted. Having a parent, family member, or friend who is getting older and needs extra care and assistance can sometimes require more of you than you can provide. You do not have to experience your role as a caregiver alone. There are many caregiver resources available, and one great option to give yourself a much-needed rest is respite care.

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10 Things to Make Sure Your Senior Loved One Has During the Winter

Winter is quickly approaching. That means it's time to prepare for the snow, ice and an early sunset. Our senior loved ones are especially at risk of possible dangers during the winter months. If your senior loved one lives alone, there are many risks they could face during the winter months include illnesses, injuries, and fires.

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Finance & Planning

Top 12 Questions to Ask When Touring a Senior Living Community

Finding a senior living community that is right for you or a loved one can be intimidating and overwhelming. How do you know you’re picking the right one for you or a family member? How can you make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision? To help, we have come up with the 12 great questions to ask when touring a senior living community.

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Health & Aging

Firing Up for Flu Season: 3 Tips for Flu Prevention in Seniors

As the leaves are falling around us and the temperatures are starting to lower, that means the promise of fall activities and pumpkin spice lattes. What else does this mean? Flu season is upon us.

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Presbyterian Senior Living

Presbyterian Senior Living Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

DILLSBURG, Pa. – October 23, 2019 – The Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL), a leading not-for-profit provider of senior and retirement care services based in Dillsburg, PA, has elected James Bernardo to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer.

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CCRC

What Makes The Lehigh Valley an Ideal Place for Retirement Communities?

There are countless options when looking for retirement communities in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The city of Allentown is in the center of Lehigh Valley, which means that there are numerous opportunities for fun and plenty of entertainment. The Lehigh Valley contains everything from historic arts to scenic views, making it a great place for you to retire. Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons why.

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Health & Aging

Presbyterian Senior Living Communities Celebrate Active Aging Week

Active Aging Week (AAW) was founded by the International Council on Active Aging in 2003 and is celebrated annually from October 1 to 7. AAW's objective is to call attention to today's aging positivity and to celebrate it wholeheartedly. The main goal of this week-long campaign is to reduce the societal stigma about aging by demonstrating that seniors can live as fully as anyone else in all fields of life, regardless of age or health.

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Miscellaneous

Cybercriminals, Hackers, and Spies: Are You Really Safe Online?

With more and more consumers deciding to do their shopping online, and for good reason, identity theft is at an all time high. Learn how you can protect yourself from these sneaky swindlers and safeguard your private information.

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Finance & Planning

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Social Security Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays out billions of dollars every month to retirees, disabled workers, and their family members. But what are social security benefits and how do you know if you qualify for them? By knowing and understanding how social security benefits are calculated and paid out, you may be eligible for more than you think.

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CCRC

Choosing a Retirement Community and Choosing a College: The Process Isn't That Different

It is back to school time! It is getting darker earlier, the yellow buses are zooming by and football season is upon us. Yep, school is in session. This is also a reminder that many people, like my very own daughter, are off to college for the first time. As I reflect back on her big decision of choosing the right fit for her, it reminds me of another similar big life decision: choosing a retirement community.

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CCRC  |  Health & Aging

Measured in Miles Not Years: 86 Year Old Hikes Across the Globe

Since 1988, the United States has recognized National Senior Citizens Day on August 21. President Ronald Regan declared this day a national holiday to show senior citizens our appreciation and support and acknowledge their accomplishments. Today, senior citizens are more active than ever in their communities and the workforce. They still contribute heavily to our society, and for what they have achieved and continue to achieve, they deserve our thanks.  At Presbyterian Senior Living, we are blessed to be able to serve thousands of seniors, all of whom bring their own unique set of knowledge, stories, talents, and abilities.

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