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Happily Ever Aging
...a UMH Senior Living Blog

Everything you need to know about caring for your loved one - at home or at a senior living community.

Chelsea Sayegh

I started working as a Marketing Coordinator for United Methodist Homes in October of 2016. I work on public relations, website management and community planning for their award winning independent and assisted living communities. As a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in Media and Communications and a passion for serving nonprofits, United Methodist Homes has become my home away from home. I spend my days working in a community filled with smiling faces, helpful hands and wonderful residents. I have a passion for assisting seniors and take great pride in being able to promote a company with such a positive mission and values. As an individual committed to learning and growing, I have jumped right into this exciting career!

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Aging & Caregiving

3 Ways to Afford Senior Living When the Money Runs Out

By: Chelsea Sayegh
April 9th, 2018

Planning for retirement and care for one’s later life can be hard to do. With so many possible costs and unexpected events, budgeting and saving money aren’t easy tasks. You never know how much money will be needed to afford senior living costs.

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Downsizing to Assisted Living (Infographic)

By: Chelsea Sayegh
April 4th, 2018

Are you or a loved one ready to make the move to assisted living but hesitating because the thought of downsizing is daunting? We understand! No one wants to get rid of their “stuff,” but when a move to assisted living is necessary, decluttering and downsizing is a must. In this resource, we break down helpful ways to downsize so you can successfully transition to your new home in a senior living community.

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Resident Spotlight: Marian Taylor of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 29th, 2018

Marian Taylor, resident of Wesley Village, was born on March 26, 1922. Her father was a Methodist pastor and she moved about quite a bit as a child, living in various parsonages in parishes where her father was assigned. Marian had a happy childhood, though she was constantly changing schools and making new friends. This is the life she knew and it fit seamlessly with the role she would later assume as the wife of a Methodist pastor.

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Meet the Family: Gloria Bachorowski of Middlewoods of Farmington

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 22nd, 2018

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At UMH senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! 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 Gloria Bachorowski makes our residents' home such a special place....

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4 Factors to Consider When Paying for Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 16th, 2018

Is it time for you or a senior loved one in your family to move into an assisted living community? There are a number of reasons it could be time to move, like healthcare needs or just the simple desire to enjoy retirement. While you may be ready to make the transition, you also want to be sure you can afford the type of senior living community you’re comfortable with.

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5 Ways to Afford Senior Care Costs

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 9th, 2018

Are you concerned about how you’re going to afford senior living for your loved one? If so, you’re not alone. Many families struggle with how to cover the costs of caring for their loved ones. Explore these five ways you can cover senior care costs for your loved one, while still ensuring they get the highest quality of care and have the most fulfilling life possible.

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Staff Highlight: Donna Brice of Wesley Village 

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 1st, 2018

So you or a loved one has decided to move to a senior living community. Your head may be spinning. You may not know what to do when you get there, how to settle in or what procedures to follow. The process may seem overwhelming, but luckily, it won’t be, especially at Wesley Heights! Donna Brice, Resident Service Coordinator of Wesley Heights Apartments and Cottages, will be there for you.

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3 Reasons to Take Advantage of an Assisted Living Short-Term Stay Program

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 22nd, 2018

Are you looking for an assisted living community for your loved one to move into? In your search, you might be overwhelmed by the number of choices. How can you be sure you and your loved one are selecting the best community for their future?

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Stories and Spotlights | Middlewoods of Newington

Resident Spotlight: Everett and Myrtle Caswell of Middlewoods

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 15th, 2018

Is love at first sight really possible? Myrtle Caswell, 6 month resident of Middlewoods of Newington, would say “absolutely” and credits her 68 year marriage to true love. When Myrtle was 20 years old, she was seeing a young man named Bob. One night, Bob asked his friend, Everett, to drive him to see Myrtle. When Bob and Everett arrived at Myrtle’s house she wasn’t home, so they asked her mother where she was. Myrtle was next door babysitting, so they called her up and told her they wanted to come see her. Myrtle said no, and that no one was allowed to come over while she was babysitting. Bob and Everett waited at her house.

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7 Winter Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 8th, 2018

Winter months can be a dreary and boring season for anyone, especially seniors. Shorter days and poor weather conditions make it hard for seniors in assisted living communities to get out and stay active. Fortunately, there are plenty of winter activities for seniors in assisted living communities to keep them busy, healthy, and in high spirits. Let’s look at a few of the ways seniors can still enjoy an active lifestyle, even when winter weather won’t cooperate!

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Stories and Spotlights | Middlewoods of Farmington

Resident Spotlight: Loren Schave's Open House at Middlewoods

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 30th, 2018

This month, our Resident Spotlight is a little different. Instead of interviewing a resident myself and writing a spotlight on them, this blog is written from the perspective of a resident. Loren Schave, 2 year resident of Middlewoods of Farmington, has a unique collection of memorabilia and recently hosted an open house for fellow residents to come and see his collection. Middlewood’s resident Susan Schwager met with Loren and interviewed him on the history of his collectables.

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