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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

Senior Care Options Explained

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 28th, 2016

Navigating the world of senior living and care options can be pretty tricky. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a road map? Or maybe just something (or someone) to help guide you along the best path? This guide will offer an overview of a few of the most common senior living options and help you navigate your way through them. Whether you are planning ahead to avoid a crisis or you are scrambling to take care of an immediate need, use this guide as a road map to help you find the most practical solution for your aging loved one’s changing care needs.

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Encouraging Seniors to Stretch It Out This Spring

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 26th, 2016

The arrival of blue skies, sunny days and warm weather in springtime means summer is on its way. It also means something else for older adults who may have spent the winter hibernating inside: the perfect opportunity to get moving. But whether your aging loved one is a daily walking enthusiast or only interested in minimal activity, stretching is an important part of the exercise equation, and can be done nearly anywhere at anytime. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of stretching for seniors, along with some simple ways to help them make stretching part of their lives.

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Urinary Incontinence: Is it Part of Normal Aging?

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 21st, 2016

As many as a full quarter of Americans experience urinary incontinence, according to the Urology Care Foundation. However, experts struggle to put an exact number on the prevalence of this condition for one reason: most people suffer in silence out of either embarrassment or the belief that there’s nothing that can be done to remedy the problem. But the truth is, urinary incontinence doesn’t have to be part of the aging equation. Let’s take a closer look at this common health issue, along with highlighting some management and treatment options.

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8 Recipes from our Senior Living Chefs

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 19th, 2016

This past March, our UMH senior living communities celebrated Nutrition Month with a month-long event focused on healthy choices and eating right. Our Dining Services teams and our UMH Senior Care Dietitian, Tina Miller, RD, rolled out “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” a nutrition education and information campaign, which is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Should Your Loved One Be on a Nursing Home Waitlist?

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 14th, 2016

It’s hard to think about the ones we love getting older and losing their independence, but it’s a fact of life for millions of Americans. And while assisted living is a particularly sought-after means of aging in place, the transition to a nursing home, or skilled nursing facility, is sometimes an inevitable course of action to ensure the ongoing health and wellbeing of aging adults. Unfortunately, at the time of greatest need, securing a spot in a nursing home for your aging loved one may be harder than you think. Let’s take a closer look at this growing problem, and see why getting on a waiting list at a skilled nursing facility is such a smart solution.

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Faithful Stewards

Faithful Stewards… Olle and Elaine Haggstrom

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 13th, 2016

Faithful Stewards... A Closer Look at the People Who Make the Mission of UMH Possible UMH is so grateful for the support of our donors. We have so many faithful stewards who have joined us on our journey of caring and we are delighted to take this opportunity to introduce you to a few of them.... their stories have become a part of ours. Many, many thanks to all of our donors for their dedication and generosity. We couldn't do what we do without you... Meet Olle and Elaine Haggstrom! It gives us great joy and delight to feature an amazing couple in this “Faithful Stewards” article. Olle and Elaine Haggstrom are longtime friends, benefactors and stewards of the United Methodist Homes family. Shown below is a recent photograph, as well as a picture from their wedding day, Olle and Elaine recently celebrated 65 years of marriage! What an incredible blessing.

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Keeping Seniors Safe

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 7th, 2016

Between slips and falls, car accidents, fires and other safety hazards, millions of seniors incur preventable injuries every year. Unfortunately, the challenges of recovering from these injuries can be particularly difficult for older adults. Designated by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, April’s “Injury Prevention Month” offers the ideal opportunity to check in with your aging loved ones to help ensure that they remain safe and injury-free.

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Caregivers – 5 Things You Should Do This Spring

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 29th, 2016

If you’re like most caregivers, you're juggling approximately one million things all at once. But have you forgotten that writing things down can help you both keep track of what needs to be done and derive a sense of satisfaction every time you complete a task? No time to make that list? We thought we’d help you out by identifying five things caregivers should do this spring.  

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"Old" Women who Make History

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 24th, 2016

“Age is just a number.” There’s no better embodiment of this sentiment than the examples of countless individuals from all walks of life who have been undeterred by getting older. In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we’re shining the spotlight on three women who didn’t let their age stop them from doing amazing things.  

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Stories and Spotlights

Memories of England and Beyond...

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 22nd, 2016

Meet Marie Bawol, a resident of one of our award-winning UMH communities in Shelton, Connecticut. Born in England, Marie grew up in Liverpool during World War II and now shares her English heritage with all her friends and family at Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community.

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Moving in! 10 Easy Steps (Infographic)

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 22nd, 2016

If making a move to a senior living community has come up in conversation with your aging loved one at some point, chances are you have some questions about what it’s like to actually move in! How does the move-in process work? Who helps manage the transition? What is the timeline for making the move?

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