Bethlen is a full service Continuing Care Retirement Community with extensive programing to support Bethlen residents and their loved ones as well as the larger extended community. More than just individual care centers providing personal and medical care, Bethlen Communities is dedicated to nurturing the spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and. physical needs of every person every day. To this end, programs supporting the physical, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing are offered throughout all Bethlen service areas.
Bethlen Communities was founded by the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America in 1921. Richly seated in the Hungarian culture and traditions, Bethlen continues to honor the past by maintaining many of the Hungarian customs and offering traditional Hungarian activities to the public.
Graceful Aging Wellness Center Programs
Education and Brain Fitness: Brain fitness exercises, as with any wellness activity, increases the likelihood that seniors will be able to continue to live independent, active lives. Staff at the Lifelong Learning Center at Graceful Aging offer Brain Fitness Classes as well as several six-class sessions on topics chosen by participants. These educational opportunities assist participating seniors in maintaining brain health and fully engaged lives.
Exercise and Physical Fitness: People can significantly improve the quality of their later years by investing themselves in stimulating activities that foster optimum health and emotional well-being. The main focus for much of the current programing at Graceful Aging is on physical exercise. Courses such as Ba-Boom, a cardio class utilizing music and steps familiar to baby boomers; the Arthritis Foundation’s Tai Chi program; the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Healthy Steps in Motion Brain Fitness and Conductor-fit, a class designed for seated or wheelchair bound participants where conducting music helps with cardio function are provided at the Center.
As a faith-based organization established and deeply rooted in the Christian doctrine to care for one another, Bethlen Communities offers spiritual care in all service areas. Residents and their families may choose to attend formal church services presented at each resident facility. As well, less formal spiritual support or pastoral visits are available through the Pastoral Care Office and Hospice.
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, whether that's illness, bereavement or major life changes. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice and may bring in experts to help in understanding the issue. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same boat. Several regularly scheduled support groups relative to issues encountered by residents, their families, and the community at large are offered through Bethlen services providers.