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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.

Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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Assisted Living Definition [in under 100 words]

Just to be clear, there is no single definition for “assisted living” when it comes to the services and care a community will provide.

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Aging & Caregiving

FAQs: Your Options for Senior Housing in CT

Navigating the senior living process can be a huge challenge for families. With so many options and so many different communities to consider (all at different price points), how can you be sure your family is making the best choice? As you look at different senior housing options in Connecticut, keep in mind that the right option for one senior might not be the right option for another.

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Aging & Caregiving

4 Common FAQs about Assisted Living in CT

Do you have some questions about assisted living before you consider helping your parent make the move? Explore the answers to some frequently asked questions about assisted living in Connecticut.

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Aging & Caregiving

Why Seniors Should Move into Assisted Living Before Winter Hits

It’s that time of year. Snow, holidays, baking, and presents. While many people love the winter months, the cold, snowy, icy weather can pose a number of challenges for seniors, especially if they still live in their own homes.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Living Community  |  assisted living  |  assisted living community  |  assisted living in ct  |  independent living

The Difference Between Assisted & Independent Living

For an older adult, the choice between assisted living and independent living usually depends on how well an individual can manage daily activities without extra assistance. Examples of daily activities include, but are not limited to: preparing meals, personal hygiene, managing medications, completing household chores, driving/coordinating transportation, and maintaining personal finances. Someone who has difficulty with any of these daily "independent" activities may want to consider the maintenance-free lifestyle of an assisted living community.

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How to Afford Senior Living When the Money Runs Out

Running out of money is a real possibility for some who have made senior living communities their home. The money runs out for a number of reasons and common among them are: longevity (the average length of stay in assisted living is 2.5 years but many live there significantly longer) increasing rental costs, increasing costs in senior health care services and a need for more assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) than before. There are others, but these situations just mentioned place an immediate draw on private funds.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  caring for aging parents  |  discussing change with aging seniors  |  independent living  |  united methodist homes

Caring for Aging Parents: Discussing Change

Change is inevitable. As your parents age, you often become their strongest support system. But for many adult children, this may be the one challenge you’re not quite ready for! When caring for aging parents, it usually becomes necessary to have a talk with your loved ones regarding matters of change, such as senior living and long-term care options, legal documentation, and financial decisions. Before any adult child can have this talk, it is important to come to terms with the health changes of your loved and evaluate how these changes will affect the rest of the family.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Health Tips for Senior Citizens  |  Healthcare For Senior Adults  |  Retirement Community  |  Safety Tips For Senior Citizens  |  Senior Living Communities CT  |  Senior Services  |  assisted living  |  united methodist homes

Fall Prevention - 5 Tips to Help Prevent Falls

As people get older in their 70s, 80s and beyond, they begin to become more physically frail. One of the concerns along with becoming frail is that they might slip and fall. While a fall to a younger person might only result in a bruise, the consequences of a fall to an elderly parent can be severely detrimental. Whether your parents are in assisted living or still in their family home, here are some ways that you can help them avoid falls

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Health Tips for Senior Citizens  |  Healthcare For Senior Adults  |  Senior Living Communities CT  |  Senior Services  |  assisted living  |  united methodist homes

Everything You Need to Know About Hospice Care in CT

Like many topics related to death and dying, families tend to avoid the topic of hospice care until a physician or social worker brings up the subject. This is unfortunate because studies show that people tend to live longer when they receive hospice care in CT. When you and your family know about the services and benefits of hospice, you will feel more comfortable discussing it with your doctor when the time arises. 

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Health Tips for Senior Citizens  |  assisted living  |  healthy aging  |  senior nutrition

The Importance of Eye Health for Seniors

 You’ve heard of the Ides of March, but have you heard about the Eyes of March? March is “Save Your Vision Month” (named by the American Optometric Association) and a great time to evaluate and improve your eye health. The American Optometric Association created "Save Your Vision Month" to bring awareness to eye health and important practices to maintain throughout the year. Although eye health is extremely important to everyone, seniors must take extra precautions to have optimum eye health.

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Aging & Caregiving

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

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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