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Aging & Caregiving

Curb Your Loved One's Boredom: 15 Activities for Assisted Living Residents

By: Chelsea Sayegh
September 14th, 2017

It’s a five-letter word no one ever wants to hear. “I’m….BORED!” And it’s not just small children who suffer from boredom; it can happen to all of us -- including seniors. Older adults get bored, too. Counter boredom by engaging in activities with your loved one. 

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5 Reasons to Move into an Assisted Living Community in Connecticut

By: Chelsea Sayegh
September 7th, 2017

Often senior citizens and their loved ones wrestle with the decision of whether or not to move out of the family home into an assisted living community. While at first glance this move might seem counterintuitive, assisted living communities offer seniors the chance to maintain and even regain some of their independence, while at the same time relieving themselves of the major stresses of trying to take care of their own home.

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Kelly Coppola of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
August 23rd, 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 Kelly Coppola makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Do it Yourself: Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

By: Chelsea Sayegh
August 17th, 2017

Most senior citizens feel comfortable in their own homes or senior living communities. However, this comfort can also lead to a reduced awareness of hazards that can lead to a painful injury.  While safety is important to advocate to everyone, the elderly find themselves more likely to be injured due to falls, fractures or broken bones because of bone loss, bone fragility and osteoporosis. Senior living communities are often equipped with handrails, safe floors that are not too slippery, ramps as opposed to stairs and several other safety precautions. For those seniors who are still living at home, however, it is important to take proper precautions to make sure the home is safe.   Here are some simple, affordable ways you can reduce the risk of falls and other injuries in your home or assisted living community: 

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Making Time for Yourself: Tips for Family Caregivers

By: Chelsea Sayegh
August 11th, 2017

Caregivers are never short on giving of themselves. Sandwiched between trying to balance family life with children who haven’t yet left the nest and taking care of parents wholly dependent on them, caregivers have quite a lot to manage. 

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Meet the Family: Linda Fera of Wesley Heights

By: Chelsea Sayegh
July 20th, 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 Linda Fera makes our residents' home such a special place....

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4 Reasons to Consider an Assisted Living Apartment

By: Chelsea Sayegh
July 11th, 2017

Assisted living apartments may be the right choice for your loved one if they are in a transitional stage of aging. For instance, either they, or you as their caregiver, may feel uncomfortable with them managing all of their medical and personal needs alone, yet they are not in a situation where they require constant monitoring and care. In other words, independent living is still extremely important, but a certain number of accommodations are also required. For instance, the Connecticut assisted living apartments you'll find at UMH often represent an ideal compromise for loved ones who neither want to move into an intense, medical care arrangement, nor overtax their relatives as designated caregivers at home. There can be many advantages to this new living arrangement, including the following four reasons.

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The Difference Between Assisted & Independent Living

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 22nd, 2017

For an older adult, the choice between assisted living and independent living usually depends on how well an individual can manage daily activities without extra assistance. Examples of daily activities include, but are not limited to: preparing meals, personal hygiene, managing medications, completing household chores, driving/coordinating transportation, and maintaining personal finances. Someone who has difficulty with any of these daily "independent" activities may want to consider the maintenance-free lifestyle of an assisted living community.

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Meet the Family: Bonnie Tormay of Wesley Village

By: Chelsea Sayegh
June 21st, 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 Bonnie Tormay makes our residents' home such a special place....

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Need a Vacation From Caregiving? It May Be Time to Make A Senior Living Decision

By: Chelsea Sayegh
June 15th, 2017

When an aging loved one is in need of extra care and support, many families jump to the task themselves. With the absolute best intentions at heart, family members rearrange their work schedules, create space in their homes, and rethink their household budgets so they can give back the kindness and compassion that their relative has shown them. Undoubtedly, this is not only admirable, but it can also be a very important opportunity for further bonding and understanding between the two of you. Often, our aging loved ones are not ready to leave their homes and families, and caregivers do not feel prepared financially or emotionally to press the issue.

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Making the Assisted Living Decision: Don't Put it Off Any Longer!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
June 8th, 2017

When it first becomes apparent that an elderly loved one is no longer able to live on their own, many families try to remain committed to providing the extra assistance and care themselves. Sometimes, this involves moving your loved one into your home, or spending a portion of each day with your aging relative. However, there often comes a time when caregivers realize that they are getting in over their heads. Sometimes this can happen as the result of your loved one’s declining health, added family or career stress on you, or perhaps an incident which has made you realize that your loved one’s current living condition is no longer safe for them.

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