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Support Group To Meet January 9, 2019

A Susquehanna Valley support group, sponsored by Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, will meet on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 745 Old Chickies Hill Road, Columbia.

The support group will be conducted by a trained facilitator with the purpose of providing a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to develop a support system; exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions; talk through issues and ways of coping; share feelings, needs and concerns; and learn about community resources.

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information, readers may contact MJ Musser at 717-495-3456 or mjmusser@svnrc.com. To learn more about caregiver programs and resources, individuals may visit www.alz.org/pa or www.alzconnected.org.

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Gallery Features Artists' Works January 3, 2019

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring two of its employees as the UZRC Artists of the Month for January - Nancy Shelly and Chris Eby.

Shelly studied commercial art and is currently exploring fluid painting. Shelly enjoys the possibilities of fluid painting and loves to show others how it works. In fluid painting, the paint is mixed with an additive to make the paint more fluid. Instead of using paint brushes, everyday tools from strainers to cups to hair dryer diffusers are filled with the altered paint and poured onto canvas. The paint is also manipulated with string, canvas tipping, and layering.

Eby's artwork is inspired by Japanese manga and anime, which are two artistic styles of comics and cartoons. His art process typically begins with a pencil sketch that is then inked over with a fine-point marker and colored in with pencils.

The artwork may be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday, Jan. 31. For more information on the Art Gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at awojcik@uzrc.org.

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Pleasant View Plans Bus Tour January 2, 2019

Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, will hold a "Learning About Our Amish Neighbors" bus tour event on Friday, Jan. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Attendees will head to the Mennonite Information Center to get an overview of the Lancaster Amish. A guide will lead a customized, two-hour tour focusing on the Amish lifestyle and Amish beliefs, history, practices and businesses.

For more information, email jbednarski@pleasantviewrc.org or call 717-664-6218.

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Open Houses Set For New Memory Support Unit December 27, 2018

The Harvest House at Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, is slated for a grand opening in mid-January and will increase the community's capacity to serve additional residents with cognitive and personal care needs. The CARF-CCAC accredited Life Plan Community - formerly known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community - currently serves approximately 475 residents in 211 cottages and villas, 111 apartments, and a 60-bed skilled nursing center.

The new household has been designed specifically to provide secure, high-quality memory support services in a personal care setting. The neighborhood-style home is located on the second floor of the Westvue building above Homestead Village's existing Gelhard House. It features 13 private studios of varying sizes and designs. Each room has its own private bathroom with a shower. The central living space features a living room, a sunroom, and a country kitchen dining area. A shared ground-level courtyard and walking path are available for residents who enjoy gardening, outdoor conversations, or group activities.

The Harvest House and Gelhard House strive to provide caring and compassionate personal care assistance, as well as special services including planned on- and off-campus activities adapted for memory support residents, a "music and memory" program, pet therapy, oversize studios to accommodate couples, and complimentary transportation to medical appointments within a 5-mile radius of Homestead Village.

"Our staff encourages residents to pursue hobbies and interests that they enjoyed prior to their move to Homestead Village, as well as to explore new interests and pastimes," said Tawana Winder Nock, administrator of personal care at Homestead Village. "Completing the resident 'Life Story' survey prior to move-in assists staff in planning and preparing experiences that will help this new environment become home."

Homestead Village representatives asserted that it is an honor to provide resources and serve residents and families during the difficult journey of memory loss. As noted in a recent Homestead Village blog post, "A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's, whether generalized or related to other diseases like Parkinson's, is frightening and also causes stress and uncertainty for the individual's loved ones. No diagnosis exists in isolation, and potentially dozens of other people may be affected when a single resident's need for memory care is confirmed by a doctor. ... The key is to know what to do to best support your loved one (and yourself) through this difficult time. The good news is that there are more resources now than ever for memory support and care needs of patients, as well as assistance for caregivers and loved ones."

Interested individuals may read the entire post at www.homesteadvillage.org/blog/how-alzheimers-and-dementia-affects-families-and-how-to-find-help/. Folks may also attend an open house at the new Harvest House. Sessions will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested by visiting www.homesteadvillage.org/living-options/memory-support/.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Harvest House at Homestead Village, readers may call social worker Lisa Zimmerman at 717-874-4242.

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Retirement Planning Seminar Slated December 24, 2018

Fairmount in Ephrata will be the site of a retirement planning and 401(k) seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in Wheat Ridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, on the west side of the Fairmount campus. Topics will include understanding and managing wealth for retirement purposes, defining common investment terminology, and providing perspective on investments. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion as well.

The public is invited to attend. The event is free, but registration is requested by signing up at the Crest View front desk or calling 717-354-1893.

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Support Groups Schedule Meetings December 19, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has planned several support group meetings. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The Living With Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. This month the group will focus on the question "Who am I now?" The Living With Loss group is for persons who have experienced the death of a spouse or family member. The group's focus is support and education. For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email jsnyder@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Essential Tremor Support Group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. This month's program will include an open discussion on "Caring and Coping." Individuals with essential tremors and their families and friends are invited to attend and share challenges and victories, ask questions, and offer each other support and suggestions. This quarterly support group is affiliated with the International Essential Tremor Foundation. For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Dr. Dan Strybos will present "Macular Degeneration Update." The Low Vision Support Group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane, independent living social worker, at 717-355-6010.

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of those with dementia, which will meet on Monday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. The meeting will include a presentation by Marian Harnish, Garden Spot Village associate chaplain, titled "Spirituality and Memory Loss." Harnish will share thoughts on how to minister to a person's spirit when there are cognitive challenges. Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services is available during this group meeting time if currently enrolled. Those who will be attending the support group for the first time are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Middletown Home Offers Program December 10, 2018

Beginning in the fall of 2018, The Middletown Home, 999 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, is offering students from any local college or university the opportunity to reside on campus. Students receive a furnished independent living apartment equipped with a full bath and kitchen, as well as a meal plan, as students are encouraged to share meals with residents in the dining room.

A very modest monthly fee is charged to the student in exchange for the student providing a minimum of 20 hours per month of structured volunteer programming with the residents. Students are encouraged to participate in programming such as 1-to-1 visits; escorting residents to social events on and off campus; sharing in music, dance, drama, and/or art; and offering friendship.

Intergenerational programming aims to be a vehicle for connecting residents to the broader community, enhancing well-being for both youths and older adults, reducing ageism, and preparing an aging workforce. For more information, readers may visit www.middletownhome.org or call 717-344-5580, ext. 720.

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Moravian Manor Hires New Staff Members December 7, 2018

Moravian Manor Retirement Community in Lititz has named three new staff members.

Michele Dombach is the director of development. She has direct administrative responsibility for all donor development and fundraising efforts for the community. Dombach, of Lancaster, was previously vice president of development at Tel Hai Retirement Community. She previously served in a development leadership position at Lancaster Habitat for Humanity, Schreiber Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, the York Union Rescue Mission in York, and Grizzard Communication Group Inc. in Los Angeles. Dombach holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in business administration from Azusa Pacific University.

Michael Wolfe is the director of information services. He previously worked in both the medical and security industries. Wolfe, of Lancaster, was previously the acting CIO for Select Security and was responsible for integrating 23 branch offices while streamlining technology policies and procedures. For the past decade, his goals have been to mitigate risk and assure rapid growth. He holds multiple certificates, an associate degree in business, a bachelor's degree in information technology, and a master's degree in information systems management specialized in health data management.

Geoff Eddowes has joined the board of trustees. This group governs Moravian Manor's operation and is proactively involved in long-range strategic planning/development to position the retirement community for the future. Eddowes is senior vice president, senior operating office for Women and Babies Hospital. Prior to joining Lancaster General Health, he was past president and CEO of Luthercare. He also served as the vice president of operations for the American Retirement Corporation and vice president of operations for Willow Valley Retirement Community. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University.

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Support Groups Slated December 6, 2018

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will host two support groups. The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, will be a potluck social. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and there is no cost to attend.

Also, the monthly Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 20. This group meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend.

For more information, call 717-367-1121.

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Pleasant View Slates Service December 6, 2018

Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, will host a special service, "Simeon: A Character of Christmas," on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in Hoffer Auditorium. The service will feature Christmas carols, Scripture and refreshments, with the auditorium traditionally decorated with poinsettia plants purchased in honor or memory of loved ones.

For more information, call 717-665-2445.

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Model Trains On Display At Garden Spot Village December 5, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will continue to host its annual holiday open house in the Train Room on Saturdays through Dec. 29 and on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The open house is suitable for visitors of all ages. The HO-gauge train layout includes Thomasville and the "Talk With Thomas" activity. The O-gauge train layout includes waterfalls, a drive-in movie theater, a vehicle dealership showroom and more. Both layouts provide plenty of train action complemented with detailed scenery.

The open house is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may visit www.gardenspotvillage.org/events.

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Gallery Features Starr's Work November 29, 2018

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is exhibiting works by Shrewsbury artist Rosalie J. Starr in December. The oil paintings feature landscapes and animals.

Starr took up oil painting after she retired from being a nurse, and she has studied with various York and State College artists, including Jason Tako, Alexander McBride, Phyllis Disher Fredricks, Nella Storm, and Barbara Buchanan. Starr is a member of the York Art Association (YAA), the Pennsylvania Art Experience and the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Her works have been exhibited in both the YAA's and the Hanover Area Arts Guild's annual shows, where Starr received several awards.

Starr has held solo shows at venues such as the Sally Little Danyo Member Gallery of YAA, Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, the Out Door Country Club and the York Blue Moon Restaurant. She also sells commission pieces. Starr's goal is that her passion for life and creation is communicated through her paintings.

The artwork will be on display through Monday, Dec. 31, and is available for purchase. Admission is free, and the gallery is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at awojcik@uzrc.org.

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Community Blood Drive Planned November 29, 2018

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will hold a community blood drive at Fairmount, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Crest View Gathering Room on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Donors may schedule an appointment by calling 800-771-0059, but walk-ins will be welcome until 6 p.m. Participants should bring photo identification. All donors will receive a T-shirt and two tickets to an event.

Directions are available at www.FairmountHomes.org.

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A Tale Of Two Train Displays November 23, 2018

Clubs Prepare For Holiday Open Houses

Each December, train lovers of all ages flock to Elizabethtown to enjoy two elaborate miniature train displays located about a mile and a half apart from each other: the Train Guys at the Elizabethtown Public Library and the Masonic Village & Elizabethtown (MV&E) Model Railroad Club.

The Train Guys, comprising approximately 20 volunteers, have been at work since October setting up a train display that fills the basement of the Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St. O-gauge trains run through detailed towns decorated for the holidays, and there are areas featuring G-scale and standard-gauge trains and accessories. Describing the display as highly interactive, Train Guy Craig Coble noted that it features 50 buttons for folks to press.

"The trains range in age from 100 years old to brand new," Coble noted. "We'll be showing things that are very unusual and appreciated by collectors and things that will appeal to children, such as Chuggington and Thomas."

This year, the east end of the display has been reconfigured to include an elevated line. Local business Groff's Meats will be featured on a bi-level stock car. Train Guy Tom Matesevac noted that the club has featured an area business for years, and a limited number of the featured train cars are also available to purchase. Visitors may enter to win other train items in a silent auction and giveaway drawings.

The 2018 display will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 22 and 29, in the lower level of the Elizabethtown Public Library. The exhibit will also be open from 6 to 8 p.m. for Second Friday on Dec. 14. Private showings are available by calling 717-367-7467.

Admission is by suggested donation, with all proceeds supporting the library. According to Coble, the Train Guys raise approximately $10,000 for the library each year. To see past years' displays and previews for this year, readers may search for "The Train Guys" on YouTube.

Masonic Village, which is home to the MV&E Model Railroad Club, has provided a free shuttle bus service that will transport visitors to and from the Masonic Village Health Care Center, 1 Masonic Drive, and the Elizabethtown Public Library. The shuttle will run on a continuous loop when the MV&E train display is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, and 15. On these days, the last shuttle back to Masonic Village will leave the library at 3:45 p.m. The MV&E display will also be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Admission is by donation. Signposts on the grounds of Masonic Village provide directions to the Model Railroad Club.

MV&E hosts open houses throughout the year to showcase its breathtaking miniature train display, which is home to seven operating gauges: Z, N, HO, S, G, and standard scales, as well as three-rail O scale. Plus, visitors will be wowed by O-scale trolleys running along two rails with overhead power and details including an ornate replica of the iconic Star Barn and its outbuildings. Club member Bill Fishel noted that the trains are all operated under an automatic control system and not run by computers. The operating system was conceived by member Mel Fisher, a B&O Railroad retiree.

The club celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018, and members are continually enhancing the enormous layout. Two cameras allow visitors to see big-screen views of the trains on the move. Member Frederick Wuestner explained that one camera features an adjustable height monitor for handicapped-accessibility. "Someone with a wheelchair can enjoy it just as much as anyone else," Wuestner pointed out. Interactive buttons - one of which will set off smoke in a control tower surrounded by fire engines - have also been added to the display in the past year.

For more details on the train displays, readers may visit www.etownpubliclibrary.org or www.mvemodelrrclub.com.

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Residence Sets Grand Reopening As Paramount Senior Living November 23, 2018

Local seniors and their families have grown accustomed to the name Longwood Manor. Longwood Manor has served the community as a premium personal care residence for close to 20 years, allowing area residents to "age in place" with comfort. But as seasons change, so do names, and the residence is now known as Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County.

A grand reopening event will take place at the facility, located at 2760 Maytown Road, Maytown, on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. It will include appetizers, music by Katie Robinette Trio of the Central City Orchestra, and giveaway drawings from exclusive vendors. New management will be on hand to reassure residents and guests that the same level of care will never stop being a top priority.

"We're looking forward to showcasing our beautifully renovated senior living community," said Lori Prevost, executive director of Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County. "We've provided updates and upgrades to areas used by all residents, such as media, television, and living room areas, plus the beautiful newly renovated lobby, reception area, and community dining room."

Paramount Senior Living, a Paramount Health Resources community, has a dedicated staff that offers personal care and memory care services with the goal of helping seniors to remain in familiar surroundings. Services include home health care; physical, occupational, and speech therapies; hospice services; and additional outside services. Further renovations at the Maytown facility are planned, including a short-term rehabilitation unit scheduled for 2019.

For more information about the grand reopening celebration or for general inquires about Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County, readers may call 717-426-0033 or visit www.paramountseniorliving.com.

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Ephrata Manor Honors Veterans November 21, 2018

Ephrata Manor honored its resident veterans with a special breakfast on Nov. 12. Veterans arrived to the Donecker Chapel, where they were thanked and pinned with red, white and blue boutonnieres.

Following the meal, each veteran was recognized and given a certificate of appreciation for their service. Local chalk artist Elva Hurst offered a program on patriotism and thanksgiving. Forty veterans attended the event.

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Support Groups Schedule Meetings November 21, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has planned several support group meetings. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The Living With Loss support group will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. This month the group will focus on the topic "Reminiscing." Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo or memento that will highlight something about the loved one and a photo or memento that holds a special memory of your loved one. Light refreshments will be served. The Living With Loss group is for persons who have experienced death of a spouse or family member. The group's focus is support and education. For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email jsnyder@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of those with dementia, which will meet on Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. The meeting will include a holiday brunch; attendees may bring a food item as well as a memory to share. Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services is available during this group meeting time if currently enrolled. Those who will be attending the support group for the first time are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Dr. Jonathan Andrews will present "New Treatments and Management of Glaucoma." The Low Vision Support Group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane, independent living social worker, at 717-355-6010.

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Volunteers Needed To Make Safety Vests November 21, 2018

Fairmount, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, will host a Safety Vest Frolic on Friday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. Materials will be supplied to make vests and assemble kits for the Amish and Mennonite schoolchildren who walk or ride bicycles or scooters to and from school. The event will be held in the Crest View Gathering Room on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Volunteers are needed to help with various components of the project, including cutting pieces of fabric fastener or reflective tape and assembling the cut pieces into kits. Donations are also needed to purchase additional materials.

Volunteers from the community are invited to participate. Individuals who are interested in helping from their home, as well as students who need vests, may call 717-394-6851. Directions to the event are available at www.fairmounthomes.org.

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Museum Receives Christmas Tree November 20, 2018

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Donations Sought For Toys For Tots November 15, 2018

Members of the community are invited to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program.

From Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Dec. 14, community members may bring a new, unwrapped toy to Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition to toys, other recommended items include books, board games, sports equipment, handheld electronics, and hair dryers or straighteners.

Since 1947, the United States Marine Corps has distributed toys to children during the holiday season, thanks to the generosity of local community members. For more information about the Marine Toys for Tots program, readers may visit www.toysfortots.org.

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