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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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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  dependent senior living  |  memory care

Staying Hydrated - Not Just a Summer Problem

With warm weather and time in the sun, staying hydrated is challenging for everyone, especially seniors but many don’t realize they can become dehydrated at any time during the year. Dehydration is a common cause of hospitalization, especially in the summer months. Although the warm season is a time to be on guard for dehydration, this could be a potential risk at any time of the year. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for signs of dehydration in yourself if you’re a senior, or in a parent or senior loved one, if you’re a caregiver.

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Aging & Caregiving

Should My Loved One Be in a Memory Care Community?

Are you wondering what type of senior living community is right for your loved one? The choice between memory care and assisted living is one that many families struggle to make. Is your loved one simply forgetful or do they have a greater need for memory care and assistance? There are many signs to look out for and questions to ask yourself to determine if a memory care community is a right decision for your loved one.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  assisted living expenses  |  dependent senior living  |  senior living homes

7 Fun and Affordable Activities for Seniors This Summer

Summer is a great season to spend time with family and friends, and there are plenty of fun and affordable activities seniors can enjoy. If you’re looking for fun ways to pass the time and make memories this summer, here are a few activities you should put on the calendar.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living communities in ct  |  dependent senior living  |  indpendent living ct  |  senior living

5 Best Ice Cream Shops for Seniors near Shelton, CT

Summer is the perfect time to get some sun and have a tasty, frozen treat. Luckily, if you’re a senior living in the Shelton, Connecticut area, you have plenty of delicious ice cream spots to try! Here are five of the best ice cream shops seniors should visit in the Shelton, CT area.  

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  assisted living expenses  |  dependent senior living

6 Common Unexpected Expenses When Moving to a Senior Community

Cost is a major concern families consider when it’s time to move a senior loved one into assisted living. While you might be able to pinpoint upfront costs, like the monthly rent in a community, there are other costs that you may not anticipate. Here are some unexpected expenses your family should plan for before moving your senior loved one into an assisted living community.  

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living communities in ct  |  dependent senior living  |  indpendent living ct  |  senior living

4 Questions Families are Asking Assisted Living Experts Right Now

Moving your loved one to assisted living is a huge transition that comes with a lot of questions. If this is your first time searching for senior living options, you might not even know where to start. Fortunately, staff members at assisted living communities work with families every single day to ensure their parent or senior loved one is in the right environment for their needs. And, it’s likely that some of the questions you have are pretty common.    Here are a few of the most common questions senior living experts are commonly asked, along with the answers we’re happy to share.  

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  dependent senior living  |  short term rehab

FAQ’s: What You Should Know about Short-Term Rehab

If your parent or aging loved one has recently experienced an injury, illness, or major surgery, you suddenly have all these worries about where they will live and how you will care for them. Selecting the best housing option for a parent in this situation can feel complicated or confusing. When you’re starting out your search for senior living, you’ll find that there are a number of options, making your decision even harder.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  dependent senior living  |  memory care

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living vs. Memory Care

Moving out of your home and into a senior living community comes with a lot of big changes and adjustments. However this can be an exciting time if you choose a community that’s a good fit for your needs.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  dependent senior living  |  memory care

Should Your Aging Loved One Move in with You?

 As your loved one gets older, the risks and downsides of them living on their own increase. Your first thought may be to ask them to move into your home, but this isn’t always the best senior care option for every family. Before you make any decisions about moving your parent or senior loved one into your home, consider the pros and cons of this option first.

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Aging & Caregiving

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

Before your parent or senior loved one is ready to move into an assisted living community, you need to consider the costs associated with this option. Many families have no idea what to expect in terms of the monthly assisted living costs, especially if this is the first time you’re going through the process.

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Aging & Caregiving

6 Best Cognitive Games and Activities for Seniors

Has a senior loved one struggled to recall the name of an old friend or remember the street that their first house was located on? Little facts like these can be a challenge for seniors to remember as they get older. If someone you love faces memory challenges, don’t worry. There are steps they can take to keep their minds active and improve memory functions. Explore the best activities and cognitive games for seniors that will help their minds stay sharp.

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