Won’t You Please Join In?

Feb 20, 2017

Even if you only sing in the shower, you know that singing provides a real emotional lift. This effect has actually been observed and measured by researchers who found that singing reduces levels of the stress hormone “cortisol” and reduces tension. It has also been found that people who sing in choirs and other singing […]

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Barclay Friends Staff Celebrates National Wear Red Day

Feb 14, 2017

Barclay Friends employees wore red on Feb 6 in support and celebration of National Wear Red Day, to help spread awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.  In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, staff purchased Candy Grams to give to colleagues and friends, with all proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.

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Barclay Friends Supports WCU Composting Initiative

Feb 11, 2017

Barclay Friends has teamed up with West Chester University and nine participating Borough businesses to collect compost – the project began in September 2016 and will continue through October 2017 as a pilot study. In addition to Barclay Friends and the University’s Lawrence Dining Hall, participants include Carlino’s, Chester County Hospital, The Hickman, Landmark Americana, […]

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Getting Up From Your Chair

Feb 06, 2017

Falls pose a particular risk for older adults, one in three of whom falls each year.  Most concerning is the fact that one in five of these falls results in a serious injury.  With this in mind, you might want to assess your risk of falling, especially if you have already experienced a fall or […]

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Reading Between the Lines

Jan 23, 2017

Reading a good book is one of life’s most enduring pleasures.  Unfortunately, all too many younger people have forsaken curling up with a good book for scanning the Internet for snippets of gossip and tweets.  This is regrettable because not only is reading books an enriching activity, but it may also provide readers with health […]

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Barclay Friends’ Tapestry Program Weaves New Ideas into Memory Care

Jan 09, 2017

Jan. 9, 2017—Tapestry, Barclay Friends’ highly personalized memory support program, encourages positive social interactions and a better quality of life. It is based on the premise that superior dementia care enhances freedom and personal choice. In keeping with Kendal’s values and practices, Tapestry residents participate in programs that are meaningful to them, with a focus […]

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Barclay Friends Leader Carol Hanson Announces Plans to Retire in June

Jan 09, 2017

Jan. 9, 2017—Carol Hanson, Executive Director at Barclay Friends, has notified the Board of Directors that she will retire June 30, 2017, after leading the organization for more than 25 years. Barclay Friends is a not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community affiliated with Kendal. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our residents […]

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Staff Spotlight on Donna McElwee

Dec 12, 2016

As the Receptionist at Barclay Friends, Donna McElwee’s duties extend well beyond welcoming visitors and transferring telephone calls. “I help [orient] residents,” she says.  “When I first started working here, there was a female resident who came to my desk every day.  She could not speak but when you started to sing ‘God Bless America’ […]

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Highlights from 2016

Dec 08, 2016

The Staff Campaign for the Caring Fund recently wrapped up its most successful year yet, with 113 staff pledging or donating a total of $9,362!  According to Donna McElwee, chair of the committee, “We all love the residents, and this campaign is just one more little thing we can do to help them, especially when […]

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The Art of Crafts

Dec 05, 2016

Woodworking, knitting, and quilting not only provide hobbyists with a sense of accomplishment, but these creative pursuits also place hobbyists in a better frame of mind, as well as improve their health. Repetitive, rhythmic movements requiring focused attention create a calming effect that is very similar to the one produced by meditation. Knitting, in particular, […]

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