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Senior Living Blog

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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Middlewoods of Newington | Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Shawn Lucco of Middlewoods of Newington

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 25th, 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! 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 Shawn Lucco makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Understand the Differences Between All 8 of The Senior Care Options

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 16th, 2018

Navigating the world of senior living and care options can be pretty tricky. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a road map? Or maybe just something (or someone) to help guide you along the best path? Whether you are planning ahead to avoid a crisis or you are scrambling to take care of an immediate need, you probably need help finding the most practical solution for your aging loved one’s changing care needs.

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Your Guide to Senior Care: Independent Senior Housing

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 9th, 2018

Adult children are tasked with many important decisions when it comes to the care and well being of their parents. While easing the transition through the aging process may seem overwhelming, the results can be fulfilling -- both for caregivers and seniors. Read on to learn more about how to promote a fulfilling quality of life for your aging loved ones by enabling their sense of independence.

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Crosby Commons | Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Jake DeLucia of Crosby Commons

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 28th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. This month, our "Meet the Family" spotlight highlights someone who not only is adored by residents and staff alike, but also the recipient of a 2017 Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) Award. Continue reading to learn more about Jake DeLucia...

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wesley village | Journey of Dreams | Stories and Spotlights

Meet Norma Remele of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 21st, 2017

Today, we highlight a woman whose perseverance and strength have gotten her so far in life. With a musical background and a love for theater, it’s no surprise Norma Remele, 3 year resident of Wesley Heights, has a particular fondness of Phantom of the Opera. When Activities Director, Linda Fera, heard about Norma’s interest in this esteemed musical, she jumped into action to see what she could do with the UMH Journey of Dreams program.

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 14th, 2017

One of the most asked questions regarding senior care involves "the conversation"...or  how to talk with your parents about assisted living. Many caregivers dread having this discussion and with good reason. How will mom or dad respond? Are they going to think you are trying to take away their independence? How can you communicate your concerns to them without making them defensive or angry?

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7 Tips to Increase Brain Fitness For Seniors

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 7th, 2017

We often talk about the importance of exercising the body, but exercising the brain is equally as critical. And there’s no better time to start giving your brain a daily workout than now. Formerly associated with children, brain teasers are now known to have brain-boosting benefits for adults of all ages, too. Let’s take a closer look at why brain fitness matters and how to get your daily workout started.

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wesley village | Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Danita Alberti of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 30th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our 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 Danita Alberti makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Middlewoods of Farmington | Stories and Spotlights

Meet Jean Barbour of Middlewoods of Farmington

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 23rd, 2017

As Jean’s father was in the construction business, the family moved often. Although born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jean lived in a number of states including Maryland, Virginia, Indiana and Washington State. She met her future husband, James Barbour, while attending Ohio State University where she graduated as a Registered Nurse.

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How Healthy Is Your Loved One? Health Tips for Seniors

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 16th, 2017

Health is undoubtedly every individual’s number one priority. It is essential to pay attention to your health restrictions, eat healthy and exercise. Assisted living communities offer programs to meet dietary restrictions and preferences as well as varied exercise programs and classes that cater to all residents’ wants and needs. As individuals grow older, proper health care and a healthy lifestyle becomes even more important. It's the perfect time to focus on informing yourself of the importance of healthy food choices and lifestyle changes. Forty years ago, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics named March as National Nutrition Month to "focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits."

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assisted living | tips for seniors | technology and seniors | Aging & Caregiving

6 Pieces of Technology Aging Seniors Need

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 7th, 2017

These days over 50% of seniors are surfing the net, and just over one-third of seniors 65 years and older are actively participating in social media networks. A study, carried out by the Pew Institute shows that the “GI generation”—those 76 years and older—are not so much ‘in the game’ at 34% internet use but this doesn’t take away from the fact that seniors are attempting to stay on the cutting edge of technology and it’s reflected in the numbers, which have been steadily trending upwards over the last few years. Researchers are finding that seniors who readily adapt to technology benefit from improved quality of life on both the social and health fronts.

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