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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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The Difference Between Assisted & Independent Living

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 22nd, 2017

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

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 7th, 2017

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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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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Help Your Aging Loved One GAIN Independence in Senior Living Homes!

By: Elizabeth Bemis
July 4th, 2015

As we celebrate the Fourth of July and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans in the traditional way… cookouts, fireworks and perhaps even a day at the beach, take a moment to think about those who may be losing some of their independence. Older adults. Society often views aging as a loss of independence. It is time to look at aging and health care assistance as a way to regain independence. 

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Tip to Touring a Senior Living Community

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 4th, 2013

While making the decision to transition into a senior living community can be difficult for individuals, once the decision to move is made, the next step is finding the perfect community to move in to. Selecting the perfect senior living community can prove to be a bit of a challenge based on specific health care needs and personal preferences for community atmosphere and amenities. The following are 10 categories you should keep in mind when touring senior living communities. 

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The Essential Caregiver's Guide

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 24th, 2013

As your parents and other loved ones age into their senior years, the time will come when they can no longer live on their own and complete everyday tasks without some assistance. There are many questions that arise during this time and a variety of options for families to consider. Who will take care of your loved one? Should they continue to live at home? Would a move to an assisted or independent living community be a good decision? Handling the changes that come during this season of life can be a bit overwhelming for any caregiver. 

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World Alzheimer's Day and Assisted Living Outreach

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 22nd, 2013

Saturday, September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day and the very mention of the disease leaves a sad feeling in the pit of our stomachs. Researchers don’t know why the disease primarily targets older people, but usually by the age of 60, the disease begins to manifests itself in distinctive ways. According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds. With a significant number of the U.S. population aging, experts believe the amount of Americans who develop Alzheimer’s will quadruple to 16 million by the year 2050.

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Rehabilitation Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 20th, 2013

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week is September 15 -21 and senior communities like assisted living are taking time to spotlight the quality rehab services offered by both skilled care facilities and senior care residences. These facilities help seniors in their post-surgical care, aiding their recovery and enhancing their quality of life.

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Celebrating Grandparents Day in Assisted Living Communities!

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 6th, 2013

Grandparents are a very special part of our lives.  If you have been fortunate enough to enjoy time with your own grandparents at any point in your life you know that the memories you share with them are priceless! Grandparents have a way of taking the best moments in life and making them even more memorable, whether it be a celebration dinner, a simple gift, a comforting hug, or a story shared. As we turn the pages of our calendars to celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 8, 2013, take some time to honor, recognize, and give thanks for the grandparents in your life!

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5 Little Known Facts about Independent Living

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 4th, 2013

Independent living is a lifestyle. The term already holds an optimistic value and the most treasured aspect of it is what it symbolizes to seniors: free will and choice! Residents in independent living apartments or communities take full advantage of being self-reliant--choosing where they want to spend the rest of their days--a choice not afforded to all seniors. To find out more about this maintenance-free lifestyle, here are five (5) little known facts:

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Senior Living Options for Couples

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 2nd, 2013

One of the most frequently asked questions about senior living is whether communities cater to couples who have opposing senior care needs; the answer is yes, most do!

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