Residents, Staff Support Hurricane Relief Effort

Sep 14, 2017

Humans may age, but the inclination to reach out and help others, especially in a time of crisis, remains strong.  Working with Recreation staff, residents of Barclay Friends Continuing Care Community demonstrated their altruism by creating and selling pins to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and now also Irma. Pins featured the […]

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Plein Air Artwork on Display at Barclay Friends

Sep 11, 2017

Last week artists from Chester County Art Association: Creative Space For Everyone visited Barclay Friends for a Plein Air event as a kickoff to our Secret Gardens tour on September 9th.  Many pieces in this special collection of work are for sale—all artwork will be on display at Barclay Friends through September 22nd. Thank you to the artists […]

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The County Fair Came to Town

Sep 04, 2017

Our Recreation team paired county fair classics—hot waffles, popcorn and funnel cakes—with new favorites like the “Best Dressed Vegetable” contest to create a memorable experience for residents, family, friends and staff. Sunshine, pie judging and lighthearted tunes brought smiles all around, while a few adventurous residents proved that face painting is an ageless art. Thank […]

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Secret Gardens of West Chester Tour Set for Sept 9

Aug 30, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Ever wondered what other local garden owners are doing to make their gardens so beautiful and inviting? Now is your opportunity to find out. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Barclay Friends will host its 13th Annual Secret Gardens of West Chester garden tour of private gardens and plant sale. The tour and plant […]

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J. Carol Hanson Tribute Fund a Success

Aug 01, 2017

On June 29, over 150 friends and Barclay Friends supporters gathered to thank departing Executive Director, J. Carol Hanson for her years of service and wish her “Bon Voyage.”  Carol retired after 26 years of dedicated service as the leader of Barclay Friends.  As part of this celebration, Carol graciously requested that in lieu of […]

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Barclay Friends to Host CCAA Plein Air Event

Jul 18, 2017

The Chester County Art Association (CCAA) is partnering with Barclay Friends for an intimate plein air artist event right after Labor Day as a complement to our annual Secret Gardens of West Chester tour on September 9th.  Barclay Friends has 6 stunning private gardens for a limited number of artists to render. Plein Air Event […]

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Testing Your Memory

Jun 26, 2017

Older individuals’ lapses in memory, which are popularly referred to as “senior moments,” are usually temporary in nature.  When people later remember things that they initially forgot, their inability to recollect is likely to be less of a concern.  On the other hand, when people do not remember that they have forgotten things, it raises […]

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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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