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Middlewoods of Newington | Stories and Spotlights

A True Artist - Meet Shirlee Sheathelm of Middlewoods of Newington

By: Stacy Kesl
March 22nd, 2017

Shirlee Sheathelm moved into Middlewoods of Newington just a few short months ago. I first met her and her family when they came in to take a look around. Shirlee had a warmness and honesty about her and was genuine with a good sense of humor. We had an instant connection, and I knew she would blossom at our award-winning senior living community as she was ready to embrace making a change to enhance her life. 

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The Importance of Relationship Building for Senior Health

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 16th, 2017

No matter your age or life stage, making new friends can be challenging. As we age, the opportunities to meet and connect with new people dwindle, leaving us hanging onto a handful of true friends we've made throughout the years. After retiring, our loved ones experience these issues just like we do, except they have added challenges.

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My Doctor Recommended Short Term Rehabilitation, But Do I Really Need It?

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 9th, 2017

When a loved one has medical needs that require a more concentrated level of care, their doctor might recommend short term rehabilitation. But what does that mean, and is it really necessary? For the most part, aging relatives can receive the care they need by keeping up with their regular doctor visits, and dutifully taking all prescribed medications. However, when something more serious comes along, it becomes very important for your loved one to have access to a greater amount of professional care. This is where rehab comes in. 

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Amy Broadbent!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 3rd, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our UMH senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how Amy Broadbent makes our residents' home such a special place....

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4 Things to Know About Paying for Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 21st, 2017

There are three circumstances under which people seek out information on assisted living. The first is when it is becoming apparent that the needs of a loved one will soon exceed the capacity of the caregiver. The second, is after a crisis which proves that the caregiver is in over their heads and needs immediate assistance. The third, is when an individual plans well in advance for their own care through their mid and late retirement years. Unfortunately for many caregivers, the third option does not happen as often as we might like. 

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Assisted-Living vs. Independent Senior Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 16th, 2017

Your parents or loved ones have worked their whole lives to make it to retirement. These are the golden years they've been looking forward to since they first punched a time clock. Yet so many retirees can begin to lose their way once they're suddenly faced with abundant free time. The hassle and runaround of their careers, though stressful at times, provided a structure to their lives. When that structure is taken away, some seniors can struggle with everything from basic boredom to more serious issues like isolation and depression. If you've noticed this happening with your own loved ones, you're not alone.

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8 Easy and Healthy Superbowl Recipes for Seniors

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 2nd, 2017

Superbowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day in the US, following behind Thanksgiving. You've probably seen (or even prepared) some of the massive spreads associated with game day, and therefore already know that Super Bowl snacks aren't exactly heart healthy. A Super Bowl party without food would be a sad affair indeed, but what happens when you have some health considerations to plan around? Those caring for relatives suffering or recovering from heart-related conditions suddenly find themselves facing the prospect of taking the junk food out of a day that traditionally celebrates the unhealthiest menu options. Fear not! With our Super Bowl recipes for seniors, you can prepare some truly delicious and healthy treats that everyone in your family can enjoy. Here are our favorites.

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5 Fitness Tips for Seniors with Limited Mobility

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 26th, 2017

Staying active is a core component of supporting overall health and quality of life as we age. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done as seniors face many challenges to mobility, including everything from age-related chronic health problems to fears of falling. However, it is possible for older adults at any age to start enjoying the many body and brain-boosting benefits of fitness and exercise. Wondering where to begin when it comes to getting your aging loved one up and moving? Start with the five limited mobility fitness tips for seniors.

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Ginny Brown!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 24th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our UMH senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how Ginny Brown makes our residents' home such a special place....  

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Behind the Scenes of a UMH Photo Shoot

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 17th, 2017

When we think of the phrase “professional photo shoot”, we think of beautiful models, groomed to perfection and picture perfect. It seems high quality photography paired with flawless models is the key to a great picture. But is it really?

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5 Driving Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe on The Roads This Winter

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 12th, 2017

Limited daylight. Icy roads. Frigid temperatures. These are just a few of the challenges associated with winter driving. For many seniors, unfortunately, these issues can be heightened by age-related factors. With a little planning, preparation and the following five driving safety tips for seniors, caregivers can do their part to help keep aging loved ones safe on the road. 

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