Interviews with Residents at Living Branches
Everyone’s reasons for choosing Living Branches are different. However, their experiences here are all full of caring staff, friendship, happiness, and personalized care plans to support their individual lifestyles. Hear..
Resident Stories in Personal Care at Living Branches
Making the decision to move to Personal Care can be challenging, but you are not alone. Hear from our residents about their transition into Personal Care and how their wonderful..
Memory Care 101: What to Expect From a Memory Care Community
Kathleen Roberts Posted on August 26, 2019
The average age of the population is getting older. As the baby boomers reach retirement and the average age of the American population continues to increase, there are more senior..
Dementia Care for Seniors: Communication Techniques
Kathleen Roberts Posted on July 29, 2019
Dementia affects a great deal of America’s older population. Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive loss serious enough to interfere with daily life. It’s..
How to determine when your loved one needs Personal Care
Karen Walser Posted on July 15, 2019
How to determine when your loved one needs Personal Care As senior adults age and their health needs change, a move to Personal Care, also known as assisted living, may..
Older Adults Month: Week Four
Margaret Zook, Director of Church and Community Relations Posted on May 30, 2019
NPR reported on a group of engineers walking through the airports in aging sensitivity suits. The suits were to help understand the unique issues of navigation for older adults...
Finding the Best Activities for People Living with Dementia
Keeping active can improve a person’s quality of life, bringing pleasure and meaning. Seniors living with dementia often find everyday activities are more difficult. But choosing appropriate, failure-free activities..
Older Americans Month: Week Three
Margaret Zook, Director of Church and Community Relations Posted on May 22, 2019
A Plan for Living Well in Later Life As we think of the many years ahead of us, we wish for them to be as happy and healthy as possible...
10 Scams that Target Seniors and How to Protect Yourself
Bruce Alder Posted on January 29, 2019
While anyone can be a victim of fraud, we are seeing more and more scammers targeting retirees. Scammers target seniors because they are able to manipulate seniors to quickly..
Dementia Caregiver Study Highlights the Importance of Togetherness
Danielle Leheny Posted on December 03, 2018
In recent years, the healthcare community has poured much attention into the special needs of people with dementia – and there have been exciting advances in therapies, treatments, and..
Growing Partnership with Drexel Sparks New Possibilities in Dementia Care
Danielle Leheny Posted on October 01, 2018
“You are not alone.” For a caregiver of a loved one with dementia – or for someone struggling with dementia themselves – this is a powerful message to hear. ..
New Fund for Creative Arts Therapy: Inspiring Donors, Growing Possibilities
Danielle Leheny Posted on September 10, 2018
Do you have a passion for the creative arts? Have you Seen music, art, or dance make a positive difference in Someone’s life – perhaps even your own? The..
Opening, Hearts, Minds, and Doors with Creative Arts Therapy
Danielle Leheny Posted on September 01, 2018
Seth Laucks, MA, MT-BC, LPC, believes in the healing and connecting power of music. He knows the right song can unlock a door to everything from a treasured memory,..
Dock Meadows Changes its Name to The Willows of Living Branches
Dock Meadows, one of the three Living Branches retirement communities, announced today that it is changing its name to The Willows of Living Branches. The name change reflects the..
Embracing Change to Strengthen a Tradition of Care
Danielle Leheny Posted on January 18, 2018
In 1976, Paul and Esther Moyer were hired to help inspire growth and change at Souderton Mennonite Homes. As the community’s last couple in leadership, they led the charge for..
Starting the New Year Right: A Bucket List Guideline for 2018
Amanda Le Suer Posted on January 12, 2018
Here comes a new year, full of opportunities and goals. Bursting with expectation and right on the heels of a busy holiday season spent with family and friends. Isn’t..
Understanding What Your Loved One Needs in Memory Care
As the Silent Generation continues to age and the first of the Baby Boomers are officially seniors, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise. Anyone..
Living with Alzheimers Disease: What Families Need to Know
Rebecca Kikendall Posted on March 27, 2017
It’s never easy to watch a loved one experience unwanted health changes. When the cause of the changes is Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness, it can be particularly..
10 Early Signs of Dementia - Living Branches Retirement Communities
Rebecca Kikendall Posted on March 17, 2017
Providing senior memory care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia isn’t an easy task, but caregivers can make the process much more effective and beneficial..
Music & Memory at Living Branches
Kathleen Roberts, Director of Dementia Care Strategy Posted on March 03, 2017
We are pleased to announce that Living Branches is embarking on a new dementia care journey. This spring we are rolling out the Music & Memory initiative for residents..
Personal Care vs. Assisted Living: Do You Know the Difference?
Rebecca Kikendall Posted on January 30, 2017
Personal Care vs. Assisted Living The terms Personal Care and Assisted Living are often used interchangeably; however, in 2011 the State of Pennsylvania instituted legislation that separated care communities..
Leading the Way: Open Hearts and Minds Create Possibilities in the Evolving World of Memory Care
Danielle Leheny Posted on November 30, 2016
The days Kathleen could make her mom laugh were her favorite. A giggle might be won through continuous banter and large doses of family humor that Kathleen conjured up..
Helpful Apps for Seniors: 8 Tech Solutions to Maintain Independence
Jeff Salter, for Next Avenue Posted on August 27, 2016
Every day for the last 24 years, I’ve worked with the elderly and, by extension, with their families. As the founder of Caring Senior Service, a non-medical in-home care..
Rightsizing: Creative Solutions for Retirement Living
Rebecca Kikendall, Marketing and Communication Specialist Posted on August 21, 2016
Moving from a four bedroom home with a basement, an attic, and a two-car garage to a two bedroom villa with a one car garage can seem overwhelming. Moving..
Spirituality and Aging
An interview with Margaret Zook
An interview with Margaret Zook
Donna Godshall, Sales Counselor Posted on March 01, 2016
“Growing old is not for sissies!” We’ve heard that phrase – maybe even declared it ourselves. Often we think of aging as a season that comes with challenges; it..
Senior Diet and Nutrition: Three Tips to Help You Age Well
Maureen Callahan for Next Avenue Posted on December 06, 2015
A bowl of oatmeal every morning, a handful of nuts, five servings of fruits and vegetables a day — researchers seem to be slowly compiling a grocery list of..
Life & Growth at Living Branches
Rebecca Kikendall, Marketing and Communication Specialist Posted on December 01, 2015
Together we empower older adults and families to lead lives of purpose and joy, guided by the Mennonite tradition of care and service to others. The Living Branches mission..
Living and Growing - Regardless of Age
Ray Hurst, Director of Pastoral Care and Service Posted on November 20, 2015
Living and groaning together is sometimes the script given by the broader culture to those living in retirement communities. And while growing older often does include experiences of “groaning”..
Autumn Dinner Party
Ryan Burcik, Executive Chef, Souderton Mennonite Homes Posted on September 20, 2015
Colorful menu choices for an evening with friends All recipes serve four. BEET SALAD ½ lb golden beets ½ lb beets 2 heads frisee lettuce 4 tbsp..