Make Some Music

Jun 12, 2017

If you have always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, maybe it is time you took some lessons—you’re never too old to learn to play an instrument.  In the process, you may not only satisfy your need for self-expression and pleasure, but you may also likely improve your mood and mental function.  Just […]

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Barclay Friends Selects New Executive Director: Linda Sterthous to Succeed Carol Hanson in July

May 18, 2017

West Chester, Pennsylvania, May 18, 2017—The Board of Directors announced today that it has selected Linda Sterthous, long-time leader of Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line (formerly Martins Run) to succeed Carol Hanson in July as Executive Director of Barclay Friends in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Barclay Friends is a not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community affiliated with […]

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Is “Pumping Iron” a Good Idea?

Apr 24, 2017

Despite what older adults may have heard about “tired blood,” iron supplements may not be a good idea.  Dietary iron is essential in the production of hemoglobin to make red blood cells, and insufficient iron can eventually lead to iron-deficiency anemia.  With this in mind, dietitians generally recommend that children and pre-menopausal women take iron […]

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Friends Services for the Aging (FSA) Sponsors WDAS 2017 Women of Excellence Luncheon

Apr 17, 2017

As a member of Friends Services for the Aging (FSA), Barclay Friends is one of several retirement communities that welcomes all people and supports a spirit of inclusion and a culture of diversity.  We strive to create and support environments that promote mutual respect, acceptance and cooperation. In this light, we joined with fellow FSA […]

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Voluntary Assignment

Apr 10, 2017

One of the many ways that older adults can help others while helping themselves is to volunteer their time and energy to those who need them.  Not only does volunteering greatly benefit ill others, it also helps boost the mental acumen of those doing the volunteering.  It has been found that those who begin volunteer […]

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National Healthcare Decisions Week Set for April 16-22, 2017

Apr 05, 2017

The Community Care Coalition of Chester County (C5), along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 to April 22, 2017 as National Healthcare Decisions Day/Week (NHDD). Participating organizations in each community […]

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Staff Spotlight on Laura Smith

Mar 27, 2017

Laura Smith has joined Barclay Friends as Director of Nursing after serving for almost six years at another continuing care community, first as Charge Nurse, then as Nursing Supervisor. A Neumann University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Laura already has exhibited her ability to implement best practices at Barclay Friends. Her first effort […]

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Are You Getting a Healthy Dose?

Mar 20, 2017

Older adults should be sure that they are not getting higher doses of prescription medications than they need.  In many cases, individuals over the age of 65 are prescribed a higher dose of medication when a lower dose would work just as well.  As we get older, our bodies metabolize medications differently, as the kidneys […]

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Board Beacon – Lew Charnock

Mar 13, 2017

When he was a junior in high school, Lew Charnock was a caddy at the golf club where his uncle was a member.  “Carrying two golf bags 7,000 yards a day was not easy,” he says, no doubt recalling sore feet and blazing sun.  For the last thirteen years, however, Lew’s feet have been enjoying […]

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“The cats aren’t real, but comforts to seniors are”

Mar 12, 2017

The March 12, 2017 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer featured an article about the benefits of robotic cats in long term care composed by Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer. “It’s been a godsend for many of our residents,” says Elsabet Haile, Recreation Director at Barclay Friends.  A cat named Goldie has helped keep a resident […]

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