Just a Day Trip from Lancaster County


Many who choose Lancaster County as their home in retirement already know that it’s “close to everything.” A mere three-hour journey from both our nation’s capital in Washington DC and one of the significant cultural centers of the world in New York City, as well as an easy drive of two hours or less from both Philadelphia and Baltimore, Lancaster County offers endless opportunities for exciting day trips.

Maybe you’ve recently relocated to the area to enjoy the carefree living and amenities offered at one of our local retirement communities. Or maybe you’ve always lived in Lancaster County, but you’re looking for new adventures now that you have more free time to travel. Whoever you are, and whatever your interests, there are so many mini-vacation options close to home – no overnight stay required!

Use our list of some favorite day trip destinations to discover new fun. And then connect with us over on our Explore Retirement Living Facebook page to let us know your top day trip picks. (more…)



How to Enjoy Retirement


It seems counter-intuitive that after decades of working, raising children, taking care of housework and home maintenance chores, and just living the “daily grind,” it can be difficult to step back and actually ENJOY retirement. But many seniors today find the extensive free time suddenly available to them in retirement can be challenging to fill with meaningful or productive activities. You’ve earned this time to spend how you want instead of having others constantly dictating your schedule, but now what? Don’t fall into the trap of passing idle hours in front of the TV or Facebook every day; there’s a whole world of options to keep boredom from catching up with you! (more…)



The Different Kinds of Long-Term Care Facilities & What You Need to Know


Today, there are more options than ever to find the right care for people of all ages who can no longer take care of themselves or perform even the most basic of daily activities. Long-term care can seem like a daunting thing for those who require it, or their loved ones trying to find the right accommodations, but we’re here to help clarify the different kinds of long-term facilities available. Knowing about these different types of facilities can help you find the right one for your needs, or those of your loved one. (more…)



The Benefits of Retirement Living


Contrary to popular misconception, retirement living doesn’t involve being thrown into a horrible nursing home because your family refuses to take care of you. The reality is most seniors choose retirement communities because that’s precisely where they want to be, not because they have to be. It’s easy to let your mind wander to worst-case scenarios, but it’s important to know that the vast majority of retirement communities just aren’t the negative experiences we’ve seen sensationalized on television or film.

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Winter Weather Driving Tips for Seniors


Now that we’re in the midst of winter, we have more than the cold to contend with. Icy roads, wet driving conditions, and poor visibility can all become factors when getting behind the wheel for winter weather driving. For seniors, it’s especially important to make careful plans and preparations before you go out. This is the best way to reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident or having trouble on your next errand or trip. Driving should make your life easier and keep you connected to others; but winter can easily put an end to plans if we’re not prepared to adapt to the conditions at hand.

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Staying Active after Retirement: Wellness Tips


By the time your retirement happens, you may be content with the idea of spending days in relaxation and doing the things that make you happy. While those are obviously important, it’s also necessary to focus on your long-term wellness. As we age, our immune systems change and don’t work as efficiently as they once did; this means we need to put in the effort to remain active, engaged with others, and emotionally/spiritually balanced.

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Are retirement communities pet friendly? And if so, what are the parameters?


The bond between owner and pet is one that endures and rejuvenates, so naturally when you decide to make the move to a senior community, you’ll want to bring your furry or feathered friends with you. As part of your decision making process and research, it’s important to ensure that the community you settle on not only welcomes your pets, but enables you to care for them as well—if not better—than you can currently manage on your own.

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How Lancaster, PA is Growing—and the Future Outlook


There’s no doubt that if you’ve been living in Lancaster for more than ten years, you’ve seen some changes. A lot of changes. Areas like Downtown Lancaster have gone through a huge revitalization with the addition of businesses, restaurants, and even a convention center at the heart of Downtown. With all of these changes and the continual improvement of neighborhoods and city streets—thanks to the fine dining, nighttime hotspots, and bustling tourism—Lancaster has practically been reborn. And, if the last several years are any indication, Lancaster doesn’t show any signs of stopping that growth.

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Fun in Lancaster County for Retirees


You’ve finally got all the free time in the world, so how do you spend it? With so many obvious choices to choose from, it’s hard to imagine there could be a place that has a little bit of everything. From fun restaurants, countryside day trips, and a historic railroad, to art galleries and plenty of theaters, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania seemingly has it all.

Lancaster County is a historic, inviting area that has so much to offer, day or night; there’s always something to do, some place to visit, or some dining experience you’ve just got to try.

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How to Choose the Retirement Community That’s Right for You


Is your home or room the most important part of retirement community living? Do you want a place that has ample amenities or services? When you have specific interests or ‘needs,’ it helps to use those as a way to narrow down your list of possible communities. The process of choosing a retirement community can seem daunting, but it’s also an exciting new time in your life and there are so many more options available to seniors today than there were ten, twenty, or even thirty years ago. (more…)



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