What to Ask as You Consider Retirement Communities for Active Adults

By- Christine Hughes

While you’ll find an amazing number of retirement community types these days, it’s true that many people still have the misconception that all of them are the same—and not in a good way. Thoughts of being stuck in a hospital-like atmosphere where sad people spend most of their hours cooped up in small shared rooms (never with a roommate they like, either) or confined to bed still come to mind for a majority of folks facing retirement. Luckily, nothing could

Can Your Aging Loved One Still Live Alone?

By- Christine Hughes

Throughout the course of our life, we all need help in one way or another, but how we define it changes as we age. It might come as insight on homework as a young student, or collaboration with an office colleague as an adult, or assistance with grocery trips as a senior because as The Beatles sang it, we “get by with a little help from (my) friends.” Yet as we age, it often becomes harder to admit we need

Eco-conscious Tips for Winter

By- Christine Hughes

Although Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring on Groundhog Day, recent snowfalls seem to indicate that warm weather is still quite far away. With that in mind, our Green Committee has complied a few tips that can help you be more eco-conscious through the end of winter. Burn Cleanly Opting for firewood rather than turning on the thermostat in the winter months can save energy for many homeowners. But fireplaces and wood-burning stoves can emit large amounts of soot and

Twelve “Greens” of Christmas for Holiday Hosts

By- Christine Hughes

Whether you’re hosting Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch or a holiday open house, our tips can help you make help make the season bright…and a little greener too! Simplify the day. Celebrate being with those you love. Don’t overdo the cooking – and savor whatever you make. Linger over dessert, play games, watch football or a favorite movie, take a walk. Revive special traditions from the past and create new ones you can turn to next Christmas and other

America Recycles

By- Antoinette LaPann

St. Anne’s Retirement Community’s Mission Committee and Green Team Committee would like to thank you for all that you do through recycling and conserving resources at St. Anne’s and at home  for our Mission of Healing Earth, Healing Lives.   America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Each year, on and in the weeks leading into Nov.15, thousands of communities across the country participate

Green Tips for Fall

By- Christine Hughes

As the leaves begin to change colors and the weather is (finally) cool and crisp, here are twenty tips for fall from the Green Committee at St. Anne’s!  Outside Your Home: Check the air pressure in your tires. Cooler temperatures lower tire pressure and that, in turn, lowers fuel efficiency. Test your tires and make sure they are properly inflated. Examine your roof for any missing or damaged tiles or shingles. Clean the roof gutters and make sure downspouts are pointed

The Elephant in the Room

By- Christine Hughes

Retirement living is one thing, but moving to retirement community living is quite another. The subject can generate a lot of resistance – the “elephant in the room.” The elephant in the room points to an issue that is not being addressed. The elephant in the room is a hard subject that is easier to avoid. Aging: The Elephant in the Room As it turns out, in the matter of aging, there is a huge elephant in the room. We

Helping in the Community, One Lunch at a Time

By- stannesretirementcommunity

When it comes “community,” the care and compassion one finds at St. Anne’s Retirement Community reaches far beyond our doors along Columbia Avenue. Over the past four years, our Catholic-Centered senior living community has been involved in the Brown Bag Lunch program at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Located in Downtown Lancaster, St. Anne’s Catholic Church distributes lunches, free of charge, to community members in need. The Brown Bag Lunch program serves approximately 80 to 120 individuals, Monday through Friday, with

New Friends for Kids at Schreiber Circle of Friends Academy

By- stannesretirementcommunity

Courtesy of Schreiber Pediatric Alice “Skip” Steudler sat in the middle of a circle of toddlers leading them through musical games. Over with the preschool-age kids, Betty Kuhn watched in one corner as a boy sprawled out on the floor with dozens of toy cars. Next to them, Joe Finger and his little buddy Grayson Pavlichko worked on pictures they were painting together. Several kids lined up to talk with Loretta Drolet about their little toy animals. And out on the

Fraud Against Seniors:
Turn “Why Me?” into “Not Me!”

By- stannesretirementcommunity

Money doesn’t grow on trees. After years of building up bank accounts and investment funds, why let hard earned money fall into the hands of deceptive criminals? Why are Seniors a Likely Target for Fraud? While fraud can affect people of all ages, seniors are often a prime and common target. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, older Americans are more likely to be a victim of fraud for the five reasons: Senior citizens are most likely to have