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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Fond Remembrances

Mar 06, 2017

As you age, does it seem to you that you tend to have more positive memories of the past than negative recollections?  Psychologists now know that, compared to younger adults, older adults tend to recall fewer pessimistic images than upbeat ones.  The older people are, the more they display a memory bias that favors the […]

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Healthcare Outreach in Chester County

Mar 01, 2017

During an individual’s transition from a hospital to rehabilitation or nursing care, ongoing communication and coordination among hospital staff, patients, family members and Medicare-certified health care providers (like Barclay Friends) is essential. The Community Care Coalition of Chester County (C5) was created to do just that. Joan Forgue, Barclay Friends’ Assistant Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator/Nurse […]

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