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Happily Ever Aging
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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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Nutritional and Nurturing Aspects of Food

By: Chelsea Sayegh
April 12th, 2017

Life Still Revolves around the Kitchen Table At UMH communities, we understand how important meals and mealtime are for our residents; often they are the highlight of each day. Meals are a time to meet up and socialize with friends, a time to talk with dining staff, and get caught up on what’s new and exciting, and a time to choose from a variety of menu items that are both nutritional and nurturing. For those on a restricted diet, we offer choices so they don’t get into a food rut. No one wants to eat the same old food each day at every meal.

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Need Help Paying for Assisted Living? Follow These 5 Tips

By: Chelsea Sayegh
April 6th, 2017

It can be difficult for individuals and families to get straightforward cost figures when trying to plan for assisted living. There are a few reasons for this. For starters, if you are planning in advance, you won't necessarily know the level of care that will be needed in the future. You also may not be clear on whether a loved one qualifies for certain assistance, and of course, you'll have a variety of assisted living facilities and senior living communities to choose from. Still, according to recent surveys, it's safe to say that you're looking at costs between $2,000 and $5,000 per month. Regardless of when or where your loved one will be transitioning to a new community, one of the chief concerns among caregivers is paying for assisted living. That's not the kind of money most people have on hand, and it can create some real financial hardship. Arranging quality care and a healthy environment for your relative can be stressful enough on it's own. Throwing cost into the mix can really make you feel overwhelmed.

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Is My Parent Ready for Assisted Living?

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 3rd, 2017

How can you tell when your loved one is ready for an assisted living community?  If only it were as simple as a big, red flag popping up saying “NOW IS THE TIME!” Well, you may not see the big flag but chances are there are lots of little indicators that may have gone unnoticed. If your parent or loved one is having more and more difficulty with everyday activities, such as getting around the house, running errands, showering and dressing, NOW is the time. Helping mom or dad recognize their changing needs and cope with an impending move is important. If your loved one is opposed to or reluctant to make a move, suggest a short-term, trial stay at an assisted living community. They can take a “test drive” but not commit to a permanent move.

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: John Buccini!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 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 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 John Buccini makes our residents' home such a special place....

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A True Artist - Meet Shirlee Sheathelm of Middlewoods of Newington

By: Stacy Kesl
March 22nd, 2017

Shirlee Sheathelm moved into Middlewoods of Newington just a few short months ago. I first met her and her family when they came in to take a look around. Shirlee had a warmness and honesty about her and was genuine with a good sense of humor. We had an instant connection, and I knew she would blossom at our award-winning senior living community as she was ready to embrace making a change to enhance her life. 

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Aging & Caregiving

The Importance of Relationship Building for Senior Health

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 16th, 2017

No matter your age or life stage, making new friends can be challenging. As we age, the opportunities to meet and connect with new people dwindle, leaving us hanging onto a handful of true friends we've made throughout the years. After retiring, our loved ones experience these issues just like we do, except they have added challenges.

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My Doctor Recommended Short Term Rehabilitation, But Do I Really Need It?

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 9th, 2017

When a loved one has medical needs that require a more concentrated level of care, their doctor might recommend short term rehabilitation. But what does that mean, and is it really necessary? For the most part, aging relatives can receive the care they need by keeping up with their regular doctor visits, and dutifully taking all prescribed medications. However, when something more serious comes along, it becomes very important for your loved one to have access to a greater amount of professional care. This is where rehab comes in. 

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Amy Broadbent!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 3rd, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our 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 Amy Broadbent makes our residents' home such a special place....

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4 Things to Know About Paying for Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 21st, 2017

There are three circumstances under which people seek out information on assisted living. The first is when it is becoming apparent that the needs of a loved one will soon exceed the capacity of the caregiver. The second, is after a crisis which proves that the caregiver is in over their heads and needs immediate assistance. The third, is when an individual plans well in advance for their own care through their mid and late retirement years. Unfortunately for many caregivers, the third option does not happen as often as we might like. 

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The Importance of Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 14th, 2017

Valentine's Day is a holiday for couples. This holiday can be very painful when a loved one doesn’t have their husband or wife by their side. For your widowed mom or dad, they could be experiencing this pain. Watching others celebrate with their spouses can trigger deep sadness, and even depression, in your aging loved one.

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8 Easy and Healthy Superbowl Recipes for Seniors

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 2nd, 2017

Superbowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day in the US, following behind Thanksgiving. You've probably seen (or even prepared) some of the massive spreads associated with game day, and therefore already know that Super Bowl snacks aren't exactly heart healthy. A Super Bowl party without food would be a sad affair indeed, but what happens when you have some health considerations to plan around? Those caring for relatives suffering or recovering from heart-related conditions suddenly find themselves facing the prospect of taking the junk food out of a day that traditionally celebrates the unhealthiest menu options. Fear not! With our Super Bowl recipes for seniors, you can prepare some truly delicious and healthy treats that everyone in your family can enjoy. Here are our favorites.

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