Meadowood Blog

The People, Places and Perspectives of Meadowood

Interviews with residents and team members. The latest trends in retirement living and real estate. Fun things to do in the area. Tips on wellness and aging well. Just a few reasons to check out the biweekly Meadowood blog. Happy reading!

October 5, 2020

10 Things Grandchildren Love About Meadowood

To help us celebrate Intergenerational Awareness Month last month, we turned to the experts: Meadowood residents John and Joan Kratz, who may win the award for having the most grandchildren who are the closest to Meadowood. Their three sons, three daughters-in-law and six grandchildren all live within 12 miles of campus. The couple has made countless memories with their grandchildren in just the five years they’ve lived here. Their six grandchildren range in age from one to 16. And there’s one on the way! “Our kids are still making children,” […]
September 8, 2020

Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Montgomery County

Meadowood is tucked away in the heart of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, an area packed with an incredible array of things to do, see and experience. Natural beauty, historic sites, outdoor adventures, cultural opportunities, shopping, dining and family-friendly attractions are all within easy reach. Here are the top ten reasons to retire in Montgomery County: 1. Financial advantages As a Montgomery County resident, you are, of course, a Pennsylvania resident, and the Keystone State is one of two states in the country that does not tax any of its residents’ retirement […]
August 20, 2020

Wellness for the Fun of It—Even During COVID-19

August is National Wellness Month, a good time to reflect on what we can do to get stronger and healthier. But Doris Peck, a 20-year resident of Meadowood, doesn’t need a reminder to focus on wellness—she does it every day of the year. Since she moved to Meadowood with her husband at age 75, Doris has been active in the community’s wellness programs. Now a widow, she will celebrate her 95th birthday in November, and as the Meadowood program has grown over the years, so has her interest in fitness. […]
August 5, 2020

How Nature Can Nurture Your Total Well-being

August is National Wellness Month. This year, we’re celebrating a major component of the Meadowood lifestyle—the positive connection between nature and exercise. Here, on our sprawling, 131-acre campus campus, we frequently exercise in nature to promote the six dimensions of wellness. Studies have found that being in nature reduces anger, fear and depression; it also increases psychological well-being and happiness. Research has also found that exercise improves mental functioning while reducing stress and depression. Combining exercise and nature magnifies the benefits of both! In a Stanford-led study, published in Proceedings […]
July 15, 2020

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

Right now, “It’s 100 percent a seller’s real estate market,” says award-winning Coldwell Banker realtor Kim Gammon, who’s sharing her insights into the market with us. According to Kim, sales are hotter than they’ve been in years, and it’s a great time to sell your home. No one is more surprised about the market than Kim herself. “Who would have thought that, with everything that’s going on with COVID-19, this would happen?” she exclaims. “It’s the exact opposite of what you would expect!” Kim has had her real estate license […]
July 7, 2020

6 Little-known Spots on Meadowood’s Campus that Residents Love

You may already know about the state-of-the-art gym, the two pools and the spectacular new fitness courtyard at Meadowood. But there are lesser-known spots on our sprawling 131-acre campus that truly make our community unique. Hugh Trumbull and his wife, Ann, have lived at Meadowood for six years and know many of the off-the-radar spots around campus. “This kind of thing brings Meadowood alive to us – people coming from the outside, they don’t always get to see those things,” Hugh says. Hugh, formerly in the military and in private […]
June 26, 2020

Five Reasons to Choose the Perfect Blend of House and Apartment

When you’re looking for a retirement residence, Meadowood has a lot of options to consider. Should you choose a courtyard home? A stand-alone carriage home? An apartment connected to the community center? Now there’s a new type of residence at Meadowood that offers unique advantages. It’s a 52-residence expansion called The Grove, and it’s especially appealing to people who love their house or cottage, but may not love the upkeep that goes along with it. Offering the maintenance-free living of an apartment with the space and privacy of a home, […]
June 11, 2020

5 Great Day Trips Within a Short Drive (or Click) of Meadowood

With its sprawling 131-acre campus nestled in the heart of Montgomery County, Meadowood is convenient to many fascinating cultural attractions, historic sights, wineries and outdoor adventures. You’ll find plenty to see, do and experience with friends and family within a short drive of the campus. Due to restrictions in the area related to COVID-19, most of these places have either temporarily closed or limited operations for safety reasons. Fortunately, many have also incorporated virtual experiences into their offerings so that visitors can still enjoy them during the current situation. Here […]
May 27, 2020

At Meadowood, Pets Are More Than Welcome

In honor of National Pet Month, which celebrates the many benefits pet owners receive from their animals and vice versa, we talked to dog lover Connie Burnley. We wanted to know what it’s like for her to live at Meadowood with Romeo and Julie, her two Cairn Terriers (think Toto from “The Wizard of Oz”). Connie, her husband and their two pooches moved into the West Hill neighborhood in December. Romeo is a retired show dog who has competed at the Westminster Kennel Club and the Philadelphia Kennel Club shows. […]