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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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Aging & Caregiving

5 Ways to Take a Vacation from Caregiving

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 20th, 2016

Summer is here - school is out for children, everyone is enjoying the beach, the picnics, and the warmer weather... but for many caregivers, it can be hard to take a break. When an aging loved one needs frequent visits, daily phone calls, and help managing medical appointments, meals, household responsibilities and more, a vacation can seem like a distant dream!

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3 Ways Assisted Living Helps Promote Independence in Older Adults

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 17th, 2016

One of the leading concerns many seniors have about moving to an assisted living community is losing their independence. After all, many of us first encounter “freedom” around the age of 18 and never plan on looking back. But the truth is that not only can assisted living help promote a sense of freedom in terms of keeping older adults engaged in everyday activities, but it can also lead to a better quality of life during an otherwise precarious time. Let’s count down three ways assisted living can encourage independence.

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Helping Your Loved One Cope with Tragedy

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 11th, 2016

Dealing with tragedy can be especially difficult for your aging loved one. For many older adults, loss becomes frighteningly more common throughout the aging process. Whether it be the loss of a spouse, a child or sibling, a good friend, or even a pet, these circumstances can weigh heavily on your loved one for several months.

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3 Easy Gardening Projects for Aging Loved Ones

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 9th, 2016

Whether seniors have a lifelong love of gardening or have never grown anything green - ever, research increasingly points to the many reasons why tending to a garden is good for older adults. From encouraging physical activity to promoting food security, the benefits of gardening go on and on. Gardening has even been been proven to be therapeutic for people with Alzheimer’s disease! The observation of National Garden Week -- celebrated in 2016 from June 5-11 -- is the perfect opportunity to encourage seniors to start enjoying the benefits of gardening. Not sure where to begin? Consider these three simple gardening projects aimed at helping aging loved ones get up close and personal with nature.

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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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