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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.

Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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Stories and Spotlights

Life in the Political Circle - Meet Bill Raymond!

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 7th, 2016

“So, okay now, raise your hand if you were born into a "show biz" family. (I'm looking for hands.) Yes, I see your hand, Bill. Anyone else? I guess not. So the next question is, has anyone here in this room met any United States presidents? Again, I only see Bill's hand. What president, Bill? Am I hearing you correctly, Bill; Presidents Truman, Eisenhower AND Kennedy?” Perhaps we should be telling this story from the beginning.

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Why Consider a 60-Day Trial Stay?

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 2nd, 2016

It is important that you feel at home in your new senior living home. But how do you know if you're actually going to be comfortable and happy in this new space? Whether it be our Middlewoods Assisted and Independent Living Community in Farmington or Newington, we have your comfort in mind. We invite you to try out maintenance-free living with our unique 60-day trial stay....with no long term commitment!

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A Closer Look at the Move-In Process

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 31st, 2016

If and when it comes time to make a move to a senior living community, knowing what to expect can make the process a bit easier. So before you pack the boxes and put the house on the market, read through our 10 steps to moving in and share them with your loved one and other family members. Not ready to make the move just yet? These 10 steps may answer a few questions you have about the transition….check them out for future reference!

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Mission Possible: Making New Friends in a Senior Living Community

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 26th, 2016

With a note from one of our family members…. Making a move to a senior living community can be really intimidating. Living in a community means living with other people, after all. And is that all it’s cracked up to be? How many times has your loved one said, “I’m not going to one of those “homes!” out of fear that he or she may actually have to meet someone new? But whether your loved one is a “people person” or not, senior living communities can offer valuable opportunities for genuine connection, camaraderie, and friendship.

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Bishop Wicke Resident to have Dream Come True at Age 106!

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 24th, 2016

Shelton, CT (Tuesday, May 17, 2016) - Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center at Wesley Village recently hosted a week-long celebration during National Nursing Home Week, May 8th -14th, which culminated with a special “spirit renewal” event on Friday, May 13th.

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Older Americans Month - Four Things to Think About

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 19th, 2016

Later life is often referred to as “the golden years,” but the truth is that this time can also be fraught with worries. May heralds the arrival of “Older American Month" (OAM), along with the opportunity to shine a light on some critical concerns facing older individuals. In honor of our loved ones, we’re sharing four things to think about that can help your loved one through the aging process.

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Car-Keeping Tips for Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 17th, 2016

While we frequently talk about the importance of assessing the changing physical and mental capabilities of older drivers, another driving-related safety issue often goes overlooked: vehicle condition. May shines the light on this topic with the observation of National Good Car-Keeping Month! Let’s take a closer look at this senior safety imperative, along with highlighting a few tips for proactive car maintenance.

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A Promise Kept – Meet Ruth Schless!

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 12th, 2016

Meet Ruth Schless, a resident at one of our award-winning UMH senior living communities, Crosby Commons. Ruth moved to Crosby Commons (Shelton, CT) in the summer of 2015 and enjoys an active and comfortable life in her new home. “I love the fact that I have my own furniture from my family home here in my apartment at Crosby,” Ruth shared. Her home at Crosby, which is decorated with both style and comfort, is warm and welcoming for any guest.

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Rediscover the Benefits of Reading with Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 5th, 2016

Did you know that May is “Get Caught Reading” month? This national initiative of the Association of American Publishers aims to encourage readers of all ages to discover -- or rediscover -- the joys of reading. Need even more incentive to encourage your aging loved one to pick up a book this spring? May 8th kicks off a week-long “Reading is Fun” celebration. The takeaway for caregivers? There’s no better time than right now to encourage seniors to read, and/or to share their love of reading with others.

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Creativity-Boosting Tips for Older Adults

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 3rd, 2016

It’s never too late for new beginnings. Now is the perfect time to adopt this positive outlook on life. In fact, an abundance of research points to the numerous benefits of creative activities for older adults (from personal growth, to feelings of purpose and competency) all of which are factors that help one live well at any age. To that end, we’ve listed five ways to help aging loved ones pursue new creative beginnings of their own.

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Honoring Our Veterans

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 29th, 2016

As we remember our veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the year, may we never forget their sacrifice, their bravery, and their resilient spirits. Our lives today have been shaped by their service to our country and for that we are so very grateful.

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