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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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Fun and Affordable Things To Do for Seniors Looking to Get Out of the House this Winter

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 6th, 2017

Winter’s arrival doesn’t have to equate to a boredom sentence for seniors living alone at home. Whether you’re stuck in a rut with your aging loved one or simply looking for a new activity to add to the lineup, there are near-endless ways to get older adults up and out of the house when the thermometer drops. Read on for a roundup of nine fun and affordable places for seniors this season.

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Infographic: Life at Home vs. Life at a UMH Senior Living Community

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 4th, 2017

What happens when home is no longer the safest place for your aging loved one? What happens when mom or dad refuses to consider alternative living options even though you know living on their own isn’t working out?

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Is Your Aging Loved One a Scrooge? How to Deal with a Senior's Bad Behavior

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 22nd, 2016

For most people, the winter holidays are happy days. For some seniors, however, this festive time of year brings out their inner Scrooges. For not only your aging loved one but for caretakers and family members as well, this can be a very challenging time. The good news is that you don’t have to hunker down and wait for the holiday blues to pass. Read on for six steps caregivers can take to cope with a senior’s bad behavior while reacquainting themselves with the spirit of the season.

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4 Tips for Keeping Older Adults Healthy this Season

By: Dianne Terrace | MS, CPT
December 13th, 2016

According to licensed clinical social worker Robyn Golden, who also directs the health and aging department at Rush University in Chicago, “Although the holiday season is a great time of family and friends gathering together, we should offer older relatives options and ask them what they would like to do, but don’t just assume their limitations.” 

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How to Start a Family Conversation about Managing Your Loved One's Care

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 8th, 2016

While the majority of older Americans are attracted to the idea of “aging in place,” the reality is that a full seventy percent of seniors aged 65 and over will need some form of long-term care in their lifetimes, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Not only that, but with every year that passes, a senior’s chances of requiring care increases. The takeaway for family caregivers? More likely than not, you, your aging loved one, and the other members of the caregiving team will be faced with some difficult conversations about care in the not-so-distant future. Read on for five important points to keep in mind aimed at helping you work together toward agreeable, positive outcomes for all.

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Fun Winter Projects to do With Your Loved One This Holiday Season

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 6th, 2016

Think Christmas revelry is just for the wee ones? Think again. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are packed with opportunities for caregivers to help older adults catch the spirit of the season. Even better? They’re fun for caregivers, too! Let’s count down seven terrific winter activities for seniors this Christmas.  

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7 Diabetic Friendly Recipes for Thanksgiving

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 23rd, 2016

Millions of Americans eagerly await the Thanksgiving feast every year. For people living with diabetes, however, the inability to indulge in their festive favorites can lead to disappointment. But managing diabetes doesn’t have to mean missing out on an amazing meal -- particularly when caregivers incorporate plenty of healthy options into the menu. Read on for a roundup of seven diabetic friendly recipes perfect for pleasing all of your guests this Thanksgiving.

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4 Ways to Manage Work and Caregiving

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 17th, 2016

Six out of 10 caregivers report having experienced one or more impacts to their employment situation due to their caregiving responsibilities according to the AARP’s “Caregiving in the USA” report for 2015. These consequences can include everything from having to cut their hours to being reprimanded for poor performance or inadequate attendance.

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New to Assisted Living? Tips on How to Help a Senior Adjust

By: Elizabeth Bemis
November 15th, 2016

Helping a senior adjust to assisted living can be tricky, but it is definitely doable. It’s a much “easier” transition if from day one family members have accepted the decision to move and stay involved in some meaningful way. For many older adults, this next chapter of life may be something they are looking forward to and they may see it as a chance to meet new people and explore new things.

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