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Older Adults Month: Week Four
Margaret Zook, Director of Church and Community Relations Posted on
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
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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
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...
Older Americans Month - Week Two
Margaret Zook Posted on
The fastest growing segment of the American population is comprised of people above the age of 65. That segment is the healthiest, longest lived, most educated, most active body..
Older Americans Month - Week One
Margaret Zook Posted on
May is Older Americans Month, which provides a natural opportunity to celebrate God’s gift of aging and the contributions of older adults in our lives and congregations. Like..
Apps for Dementia Caregivers 2019
Rebecca Kikendall Posted on
Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer's disease is the most common..
10 Scams that Target Seniors and How to Protect Yourself
Bruce Alder Posted on
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
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
“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
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
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,..
Montessori Training at Living Branches
Amanda Le Suer Posted on
Last week, about 40 Living Branches team members were honored to attend Montessori workshops led by Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP, founder of Brush Development. Jennifer serves on the Association..
Dock Meadows Changes its Name to The Willows of Living Branches
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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..
Announcing the Student in Residence
Rebecca Kikendall Posted on
Living Branches is pleased to announce the new student in residence program at The Willows of Living Branches! We are excited to introduce Jenni Agosto as the first student..
Embracing Change to Strengthen a Tradition of Care
Danielle Leheny Posted on
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
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..
Holidays: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Amanda Le Suer Posted on
We all know the classic song made popular by Andy Williams, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… and the holidays definitely have a way of making us..
Understanding What Your Loved One Needs in Memory Care
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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
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
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
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
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..
Living U
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It is no secret that Living Branches residents enjoy learning something new. When someone from the community offers to share about a vacation or mission trip, the auditorium is..
My Life. My Plan. My Community.
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Living Branches is proud to be part of a nationwide initiative to rename “Continuing Care Retirement Communities” as Life Plan Communities. This initiative is designed to help communicate to..
Leading the Way: Open Hearts and Minds Create Possibilities in the Evolving World of Memory Care
Danielle Leheny Posted on
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..
A Unique Career Journey
Danielle Leheny Posted on
Kathleen’s father was always her favorite career counselor. He supported her smart choices throughout her successful corporate career with AT&T, including the startup of her own IT security company..
Helpful Apps for Seniors: 8 Tech Solutions to Maintain Independence
Jeff Salter, for Next Avenue Posted on
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..
4 Myths About Brain Health and How to Stay Sharp
Leslie Kernisan, MD for Next Avenue Posted on
Want to stay mentally sharp for as long as possible? I certainly do, and I’m guessing you do, too: an AARP survey found that 87 percent of respondents reported..
Rightsizing: Creative Solutions for Retirement Living
Rebecca Kikendall, Marketing and Communication Specialist Posted on
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..
Getting Fit Means Getting Together
Danielle Leheny Posted on
Brent Daubenspeck may be the leader of the fitness program at Dock Woods, but he’ll be the first person to tell you that it’s the residents who guide many..
Spirituality and Aging
An interview with Margaret Zook
Donna Godshall, Sales Counselor Posted on
“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
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
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
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”..
Pumpkin Gnocchi
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A Living Branches chef’s demonstration of Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe yields 4 servings 1.5 lb Idaho potatoes 2 lb Baby pam sugar pie pumpkin ¼ cup Parmesan cheese – grated 2 Tbs Parmesan..
Autumn Dinner Party
Ryan Burcik, Executive Chef, Souderton Mennonite Homes Posted on
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..
Why Are You Tired All the Time?
Jeanne Dorin for Next Avenue Posted on
Although she typically sleeps soundly and has good "sleep hygiene" — no coffee after 3 p.m., a quiet, darkened bedroom and a reasonable bedtime — Rose D. always feels..

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Spirituality and Aging
An interview with Margaret Zook
“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..


Pumpkin Gnocchi
A Living Branches chef’s demonstration of Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe yields 4 servings 1.5 lb Idaho potatoes 2 lb Baby pam sugar pie pumpkin ¼ cup Parmesan cheese – grated 2 Tbs Parmesan..


Life & Growth at Living Branches
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..