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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.

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  Healthcare For Senior Adults  |  assisted living  |  united methodist homes

Recognizing American Red Cross Month

March is “American Red Cross Month”, which makes it the perfect time to recognize the work of this valuable organization and its volunteers. The goal of “American Red Cross Month” is to bring awareness to the public so they understand how what they do can help people all over the world. Volunteers include those who donate blood, CPR trainees, volunteers who show up to respond to a home fire in the middle of the night.  These are the everyday heroes of the Red Cross who make a difference in communities across the United States and around the world.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Health Tips for Senior Citizens  |  Retirement Community  |  Senior Living Communities CT  |  assisted living  |  united methodist homes

Tips for Maintaining Your Brain (Alzheimers Prevention)

Brain health often deteriorates with the aging process, but the decline is not inevitable in all cases. By taking a few simple steps, you can keep your brain healthy and alert as you enter your golden years.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Healthcare For Senior Adults  |  Retirement Community  |  Senior Services  |  assisted living  |  lifestyle transitions  |  united methodist homes

Helping Your Loved One Maintain Independence with Dementia

Dementia is a progressive disease where the patient slowly loses mental capabilities and cognitive functions over a period of time. Currently, About 4 to 5 million people in the United States suffer from some form of dementia.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  assisted living ct  |  independent living ct  |  senior living homes  |  seniors and independence

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

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  assisted living ct  |  assisted living tour  |  independent living ct  |  independent living tour  |  senior living tour

Tip to Touring a Senior Living Community

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  caregiver information  |  caregiver tips  |  caregiver's guide  |  caring for aging parents  |  senior caregiving guide

The Essential Caregiver's Guide

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  Bishop Wicke Health Center  |  assisted living  |  bishop wicke  |  short term rehab  |  skilled nursing

Rehabilitation Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  assisted living ct  |  assisted living tn  |  grandparents day

Celebrating Grandparents Day in Assisted Living Communities!

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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60-day stay trial  |  Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  couples senior living  |  independent living  |  senior living  |  senior living for couples

Senior Living Options for Couples

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Living Community  |  Independent Senior Living  |  affording senior living  |  assisted living  |  assisted living facility

Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community for You

As you begin your search for the right assisted living community, you probably already know what your needs are and what to expect from your soon-to-be new home. If not, start assessing your current needs, whether it’s medication management, assistance with taking a shower or help tying your shoes. A caregiver may want to know many details, such as how a change in personal care needs over time would be handled by the staff or how the community can accommodate residents with dementia needs.

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60-day stay trial  |  Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Living Community  |  assisted living  |  assisted living communities  |  assisted living facility  |  caregiver tips  |  senior health tips

Managing your Aging Parent’s Health Needs

According to a recent poll, the number of adult children providing personal or financial assistance to their parents has tripled in the last 15 years. Becoming a caregiver is a role few people plan for. Most people are thrust into the caregiver role unexpectedly, often when a parent suddenly suffers a stroke or a chronic condition worsens. This often inevitably leads to caregiver burnout and less effective management of a senior parent’s health needs.

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