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Everything you need to know about caring for your loved one - at home or at a senior living community.

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Stories and Spotlights | Middlewoods of Newington

Resident Spotlight: Everett and Myrtle Caswell of Middlewoods

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 15th, 2018

Is love at first sight really possible? Myrtle Caswell, 6 month resident of Middlewoods of Newington, would say “absolutely” and credits her 68 year marriage to true love. When Myrtle was 20 years old, she was seeing a young man named Bob. One night, Bob asked his friend, Everett, to drive him to see Myrtle. When Bob and Everett arrived at Myrtle’s house she wasn’t home, so they asked her mother where she was. Myrtle was next door babysitting, so they called her up and told her they wanted to come see her. Myrtle said no, and that no one was allowed to come over while she was babysitting. Bob and Everett waited at her house.

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Aging & Caregiving

7 Winter Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 8th, 2018

Winter months can be a dreary and boring season for anyone, especially seniors. Shorter days and poor weather conditions make it hard for seniors in assisted living communities to get out and stay active. Fortunately, there are plenty of winter activities for seniors in assisted living communities to keep them busy, healthy, and in high spirits. Let’s look at a few of the ways seniors can still enjoy an active lifestyle, even when winter weather won’t cooperate!

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Stories and Spotlights | Middlewoods of Farmington

Resident Spotlight: Loren Schave's Open House at Middlewoods

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 30th, 2018

This month, our Resident Spotlight is a little different. Instead of interviewing a resident myself and writing a spotlight on them, this blog is written from the perspective of a resident. Loren Schave, 2 year resident of Middlewoods of Farmington, has a unique collection of memorabilia and recently hosted an open house for fellow residents to come and see his collection. Middlewood’s resident Susan Schwager met with Loren and interviewed him on the history of his collectables.

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family | Middlewoods of Newington

Meet the Family: Shawn Lucco of Middlewoods of Newington

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 25th, 2018

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At UMH senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how Shawn Lucco makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Aging & Caregiving

Understand the Differences Between All 8 of The Senior Care Options

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 16th, 2018

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? Whether you are planning ahead to avoid a crisis or you are scrambling to take care of an immediate need, you probably need help finding the most practical solution for your aging loved one’s changing care needs.

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Your Guide to Senior Care: Independent Senior Housing

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 9th, 2018

Adult children are tasked with many important decisions when it comes to the care and well being of their parents. While easing the transition through the aging process may seem overwhelming, the results can be fulfilling -- both for caregivers and seniors. Read on to learn more about how to promote a fulfilling quality of life for your aging loved ones by enabling their sense of independence.

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family | Crosby Commons

Meet the Family: Jake DeLucia of Crosby Commons

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 28th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. This month, our "Meet the Family" spotlight highlights someone who not only is adored by residents and staff alike, but also the recipient of a 2017 Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) Award. Continue reading to learn more about Jake DeLucia...

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Stories and Spotlights | wesley village | Journey of Dreams

Meet Norma Remele of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 21st, 2017

Today, we highlight a woman whose perseverance and strength have gotten her so far in life. With a musical background and a love for theater, it’s no surprise Norma Remele, 3 year resident of Wesley Heights, has a particular fondness of Phantom of the Opera. When Activities Director, Linda Fera, heard about Norma’s interest in this esteemed musical, she jumped into action to see what she could do with the UMH Journey of Dreams program.

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Aging & Caregiving

How to Talk to Your Parents About Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 14th, 2017

One of the most asked questions regarding senior care involves "the conversation"...or  how to talk with your parents about assisted living. Many caregivers dread having this discussion and with good reason. How will mom or dad respond? Are they going to think you are trying to take away their independence? How can you communicate your concerns to them without making them defensive or angry?

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7 Tips to Increase Brain Fitness For Seniors

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 7th, 2017

We often talk about the importance of exercising the body, but exercising the brain is equally as critical. And there’s no better time to start giving your brain a daily workout than now. Formerly associated with children, brain teasers are now known to have brain-boosting benefits for adults of all ages, too. Let’s take a closer look at why brain fitness matters and how to get your daily workout started.

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family | wesley village

Meet the Family: Danita Alberti of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 30th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our senior living communities, our staff members are one of the main reasons why our residents feel so at home! Not only do they create a warm family atmosphere, they also understand the challenges faced by families caring for older adults. By fostering caring relationships, staff play an essential role in helping our residents navigate the journey of aging - from the very first visit, to the day they move into our community and every day after that! Read our "Meet the Family" spotlight below to see how Danita Alberti makes our residents' home such a special place....

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