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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.

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September 7th is Grandparents Day! Here are Five Ways to Celebrate

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 4th, 2014

Grandparents play a special role in the lives of children, families and our society as a whole. While it’s important to honor our aging loved ones every day, September 7th offers a special opportunity to show your love with the arrival of National Grandparents Day. Observed every year on the first Sunday following Labor Day, Grandparents Day is all about celebrating your cherished loved ones and creating even more happy memories together. 1. Flower Power

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Let’s Get Stronger!!!

By: Dianne Terrace | MS, CPT
September 2nd, 2014

There is a common, but erroneous belief that people must put up with the loss of strength and muscle degeneration that comes with advancing age.

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Occupational vs. Physical Therapy: Whats Right for Your Aging Loved One?

By: Marissa Salvesen
August 5th, 2014

Because everyday needs and capabilities change throughout the aging process, extra effort may be required to help maintain optimal health and independence. As a caregiver, you may be wondering whether physical therapy (PT) and/or occupational therapy (OT) is right for your parent.

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It's Family Reunion Month! Three Ways to Include Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 31st, 2014

There’s nothing like some good time spent with family to lift the spirits and restore the soul. Family reunions are beneficial to both the young and young at heart because they offer the critical opportunity to connect. But just because your parent has limited mobility doesn’t mean he or she can't join in on the fun. There’s no better time than now to start planning your next familial fete than during the summer months.

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The Walk of Life: The Importance of Walking for Your Aging Parents

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 17th, 2014

A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reinforced what has long been suspected: regular exercise is critically important for seniors.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Aging

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 1st, 2014

Many people have the wrong impression of what it means to grow old. The older years of an individual’s life can actually be a very active time for many people, with new experiences and new connections. Many older adults may feel like they are no longer useful, productive, or valuable in their later years of life, but “old age” can be full of meaning and purpose for those who choose to explore the possibilities.

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4 Weekly Activities to Improve Senior Heart Health

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 3rd, 2014

Approximately 715,000 Americans suffer from heart attacks every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease remains the country’s leading cause of death for both men and women. While these statistics may seem overwhelming, there is hope: people can reduce their risk of heart disease by taking control of their cardiovascular health. While some risk factors, such as age and family history, can’t be changed, others can be mitigated by beneficial lifestyle changes.

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UMH's 5 Core Values

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 13th, 2014

At UMH, our communities and our organization is built upon a firm foundation of five core values. More than just words on a piece of paper, our values are the threads that tie all of our work together and are the basis from which decisions are made and actions are taken.

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Coming to Terms with End of Life Issues

By: Jim Stinson
March 11th, 2014

By Jim Stinson, Director of Spiritual Life 

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Senior Living Options For Your Aging Loved One [Infographic]

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 19th, 2014

If you are caring for an aging loved one, you may have heard that searching for the right senior living community can be quite an overwhelming process.  For many families, this is actually true! There are many options to choose from, many factors to consider, many questions to ask, and many people to talk to before making a decision you and your loved one feel comfortable with.

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4 Daily Exercises Every Senior Should be Doing

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 6th, 2014

Exercising, for seniors, helps maintain flexibility, endurance and strength, all while improving heart health, which is important for older adults. Exercising, when chosen carefully and found to be in line with what the senior body can handle, helps improve overall quality of life, lessen problems from balance and coordination issues and aids in maintaining strength.

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