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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 Living Community  |  assisted living  |  assisted living community  |  assisted living in ct  |  independent living

    Safe Summertime Activities for Seniors Who Are Social Distancing

    As seniors look forward to summertime after the long, dreary months of winter’s chill, the idea of having to continue social distancing may feel incredibly disappointing. In the midst of a global pandemic, safety remains a primary concern for older adults who face increased risk in contracting the virus. But the cancellation of community gatherings and in-person events doesn’t have to be devastating.    There is still a host of fun and energizing summertime activities for seniors to enjoy even as they remain safely socially distant. It’s more important than ever for older adults to stay physically and mentally healthy. The change of season is a perfect time to capitalize on the socially distant activities—both indoors and out—that put a swing back in your step, or that of an aging loved one.

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    Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  dependent senior living  |  senior living homes  |  senior living nutrition

    Self-Care for the Caregiver: Why and How to Prioritize Your Own Well-Being

    Caregivers are called upon to do so much, continually giving of themselves in any number of ways. Many are sandwiched between the needs of their elderly, dependent parents and the responsibilities of tending to their children who haven’t yet left the nest. In the midst of balancing this complex family life with a potential career, there’s often very little time and energy devoted to caring for themselves.  But when the caregiver neglects their own needs, they risk some highly detrimental outcomes, not the least of which is physical, mental and emotional burnout. According to the most recent Caregiving in the U.S. study, conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the AARP Public Policy Institute:

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

    Social Isolation Series, P. 1: Identifying Triggers for Loneliness in Seniors

    In this unprecedented time of concern that stems from a global health crisis, the need (and, in many cases, the mandate) to self-isolate and practice strict social distancing has taken a major toll on mental health for people in every category of age, gender, social status and geography.  We’ve all been impacted by the pandemic in one way or another, and for many, the most prominent effect has been an overwhelming feeling of loneliness.

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    Aging & Caregiving  |  Holidays  |  entertaining seniors

    Best Holiday Movies for Seniors

    The calendar doesn’t need to be turned to December for you to enjoy holiday or winter-themed movies! These feel-good flicks are great to put on any time, especially for seniors in assisted living communities. A movie marathon is one of many great winter activities. Here’s our list of favorite holiday movies for seniors.

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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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