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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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Stories and Spotlights | Middlewoods of Farmington

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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Stories and Spotlights | wesley village

Meet Marie Pfannkuch of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
October 31st, 2017

My name is Marie Pfannkuch. I am 100 years old and I’ve lived at Wesley Village for 10 years. My husband was German, which is where I get my last name from. My mother was Italian and my father was English and Irish.  Before we hear the rest of Marie's story, I (Chelsea) just wanted to say a few words about her. I met Marie when I learned she had received a letter from President Trump after turning 100 years old. She was very excited and wanted to show someone her letter. When I met Marie, I instantly liked her. She was funny, kind, beautiful on the inside and out, and I could tell she had an amazing story to tell. We worked around each other's schedules until finally we could meet up and I could learn more about her life. And I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Marie. Her life has been filled with boundless love, family and friends. What more could a girl ask for? Read on to hear Marie's story. 

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Mary Ramsdell of Middlewoods of Newington

By: Chelsea Sayegh
October 23rd, 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 Mary Ramsdell makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Aging & Caregiving

5 Reasons to Consider Assisted Living Apartments for Your Loved One

By: Chelsea Sayegh
October 12th, 2017

With 10,000 people in this country turning 65 years old every day, and the share of older adults predicted to rise from 14.5 percent in 2014 to 21.7 percent in 2020, one of the largest challenges facing society is senior housing. Where will these older adults live, and are current housing options up to the task? The issue is compounded by the fact that the majority of older adults are pushing back on the idea of conventional nursing homes and leaning more towards assisted living apartments.

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Aging & Caregiving

Is Independent Senior Living Right for Your Loved One?

By: Chelsea Sayegh
October 5th, 2017

For seniors, independent living represents both a structural setting and a physical ability. You may have heard the "structural setting" described by other names such as retirement homes or senior apartments, but they’re one and the same; and residents of independent living communities are healthy enough to live on their own and take care of themselves. Out of all the different senior housing choices out there, what makes this type of senior living the most suitable for certain seniors?

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Lakisha Mathis of Middlewoods of Farmington

By: Chelsea Sayegh
September 25th, 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 in Connecticut, 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 Lakisha Mathis makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Middlewoods of Newington | Stories and Spotlights

Meet Arthur K. Hansen of Middlewoods of Newington

By: Chelsea Sayegh
September 22nd, 2017

Although he was born in Haugesund, Norway, Arthur K. Hansen, better known as “Chuckken”, grew up in Glendale, Long Island. He attended Newtown High School in New York and was an active cross country runner. Additionally, he played softball and was a very good student. Read on to learn more about Arthur and his time living at the UMH community, Middlewoods of Newington. 

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Aging & Caregiving

Curb Your Loved One's Boredom: 15 Activities for Assisted Living Residents

By: Chelsea Sayegh
September 14th, 2017

It’s a five-letter word no one ever wants to hear. “I’m….BORED!” And it’s not just small children who suffer from boredom; it can happen to all of us -- including seniors. Older adults get bored, too. Counter boredom by engaging in activities with your loved one. 

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5 Reasons to Move into an Assisted Living Community in Connecticut

By: Chelsea Sayegh
September 7th, 2017

Often senior citizens and their loved ones wrestle with the decision of whether or not to move out of the family home into an assisted living community. While at first glance this move might seem counterintuitive, assisted living communities offer seniors the chance to maintain and even regain some of their independence, while at the same time relieving themselves of the major stresses of trying to take care of their own home.

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