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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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8 Hallmarks of a Top-Notch Independent Living Community for Seniors

As seniors think about the kind of lifestyle best suited to their needs, and what they require to truly thrive in this stage of life, there’s typically a focus on independence—and the added support necessary to cultivate that independence. One of the most fundamental aspects of embracing this vision is choosing an environment that’s well-equipped for it.

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

Two Truths and a Lie About Independent Living Communities for Seniors

There’s an entertaining game often used for ice-breaking purposes in a social setting, and it’s commonly referred to as “Two Truths and a Lie.” In this game, each individual takes a turn telling the group two truths and one lie about themselves, and the group must guess which one is the lie. In the name of fun, we’re going to play a quick round of this game—only here, we’re applying the two truths and a lie to independent living communities for seniors.

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

5 Recommendations for Broaching the Assisted Living Conversation

There are some conversations that can feel daunting and overwhelming. A talk with your loved one about the possibility of moving to an assisted living community is certainly one of them. With age-related realities and family dynamics stirring up all kinds of emotions, the subject may be a challenging one to broach with the senior in your life. To help ease any dread you may have and plan for a productive discussion, we’re highlighting some valuable advice on how to approach this conversation.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  health tips for seniors  |  senior living nutrition  |  senior nutrition  |  senior nutrition ct

Yuletide Tips for Senior Caregivers to Ease Seasonal Stress

Often, the responsibility of caring for a senior involves navigating a precarious balancing act. From work and family life to the many activities associated with senior caregiving, there’s no shortage of priorities fighting for your attention. Then, here come the holidays—a time traditionally thought to bring joy and peace, but which usually makes the to-do list of a senior caregiver that much longer and more complex.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  health tips for seniors  |  senior living nutrition  |  senior nutrition  |  senior nutrition ct

Insights Into Fall Prevention for Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

About one in every four seniors falls at least once a year, and the occurrence is even more common among those with memory and cognitive decline. With Alzheimer’s, for example, impairments in vision, perception, and balance increase as the disease progresses, making the risk of a fall that much more probable.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  health tips for seniors  |  senior living nutrition  |  senior nutrition  |  senior nutrition ct

The Key to Finding Purpose in One’s Senior Years

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.” This powerful quote comes from the well-known book, Man’s Search for Meaning, by the revered Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. It touches on the human nature of finding purpose and meaning in one’s life—a challenge that can become more elusive as we age. In one of our recent articles, we discussed The Undeniable Link Between Having Purpose & Aging Well, which explored some of the fundamental reasons why it’s important for seniors to stay connected to their sense of purpose.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  health tips for seniors  |  senior living nutrition  |  senior nutrition  |  senior nutrition ct

The Undeniable Link Between Having Purpose & Aging Well

There’s no shortage of reasons why older adults have a difficult time maintaining a strong connection to their inner purpose. With career goals set squarely in the rearview mirror and an empty nest on the road ahead, it’s no surprise that many seniors begin to lose some sense of purpose in their day-to-day lives. But research has shown that seniors with a sense of purpose are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, disabilities, heart attacks, and strokes, and are more likely to live longer than people without this kind of underlying motivation.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  health tips for seniors  |  senior living nutrition  |  senior nutrition  |  senior nutrition ct

Senior Nutrition: Your Diet and Cholesterol

Heart disease continues to rank as the number-one cause of death in the United States, impacting millions of Americans every year. And if you think you don’t have to be concerned about issues like cholesterol once you hit a certain age, think again. People age 65 and older are much more likely to suffer a heart attack, have a stroke, or develop heart disease and heart failure. Heart disease is also a major cause of disability, meaning it can limit one’s activity and significantly erode a senior’s quality of life.

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UMH Wins Two Awards in 2021 National Mature Media Awards

United Methodist Homes (UMH) was a winner in the 30th Annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s best marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs designed and produced for older adults.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  health tips for seniors  |  senior living nutrition  |  senior nutrition  |  senior nutrition ct

Senior Nutrition: Your Diet and Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder (after Alzheimer’s disease), affecting an estimated one percent of the population over the age of 60. With upwards of one million Americans living with Parkinson’s, it’s become a critical area of research and study and a particularly relevant topic for seniors. Many living with the disease or concerned about a future diagnosis wonder about whether it’s possible to minimize symptoms and/or progression through lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  health tips for seniors  |  senior living nutrition  |  senior nutrition  |  senior nutrition ct

8 Ways for Seniors to Maintain Brain Health & Mental Agility

As we age, changes are happening in many different areas of our bodies, and the brain is no exception. Research tells us that certain parts of the brain shrink, particularly those critical to learning and other complex mental activities. Inflammation may increase in response to injury or disease, and communication between neurons in certain areas of the brain may not be as effective. These types of changes result in potential impacts on cognitive function, even for healthy seniors.

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