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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Amy Broadbent!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
March 3rd, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our UMH 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 Amy Broadbent makes our residents' home such a special place....

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4 Things to Know About Paying for Assisted Living

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 21st, 2017

There are three circumstances under which people seek out information on assisted living. The first is when it is becoming apparent that the needs of a loved one will soon exceed the capacity of the caregiver. The second, is after a crisis which proves that the caregiver is in over their heads and needs immediate assistance. The third, is when an individual plans well in advance for their own care through their mid and late retirement years. Unfortunately for many caregivers, the third option does not happen as often as we might like. 

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The Importance of Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 14th, 2017

Valentine's Day is a holiday for couples. This holiday can be very painful when a loved one doesn’t have their husband or wife by their side. For your widowed mom or dad, they could be experiencing this pain. Watching others celebrate with their spouses can trigger deep sadness, and even depression, in your aging loved one.

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8 Easy and Healthy Superbowl Recipes for Seniors

By: Chelsea Sayegh
February 2nd, 2017

Superbowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day in the US, following behind Thanksgiving. You've probably seen (or even prepared) some of the massive spreads associated with game day, and therefore already know that Super Bowl snacks aren't exactly heart healthy. A Super Bowl party without food would be a sad affair indeed, but what happens when you have some health considerations to plan around? Those caring for relatives suffering or recovering from heart-related conditions suddenly find themselves facing the prospect of taking the junk food out of a day that traditionally celebrates the unhealthiest menu options. Fear not! With our Super Bowl recipes for seniors, you can prepare some truly delicious and healthy treats that everyone in your family can enjoy. Here are our favorites.

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5 Fitness Tips for Seniors with Limited Mobility

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 26th, 2017

Staying active is a core component of supporting overall health and quality of life as we age. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done as seniors face many challenges to mobility, including everything from age-related chronic health problems to fears of falling. However, it is possible for older adults at any age to start enjoying the many body and brain-boosting benefits of fitness and exercise. Wondering where to begin when it comes to getting your aging loved one up and moving? Start with the five limited mobility fitness tips for seniors.

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Aging & Caregiving | Meet The Family

Meet the Family: Ginny Brown!

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 24th, 2017

What makes a house a home? It's not the fancy furniture or shiny chandeliers, but the family who gathers there. At our UMH 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 Ginny Brown makes our residents' home such a special place....  

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5 Driving Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe on The Roads This Winter

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 12th, 2017

Limited daylight. Icy roads. Frigid temperatures. These are just a few of the challenges associated with winter driving. For many seniors, unfortunately, these issues can be heightened by age-related factors. With a little planning, preparation and the following five driving safety tips for seniors, caregivers can do their part to help keep aging loved ones safe on the road. 

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Fun and Affordable Things To Do for Seniors Looking to Get Out of the House this Winter

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 6th, 2017

Winter’s arrival doesn’t have to equate to a boredom sentence for seniors living alone at home. Whether you’re stuck in a rut with your aging loved one or simply looking for a new activity to add to the lineup, there are near-endless ways to get older adults up and out of the house when the thermometer drops. Read on for a roundup of nine fun and affordable places for seniors this season.

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Is Your Aging Loved One a Scrooge? How to Deal with a Senior's Bad Behavior

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 22nd, 2016

For most people, the winter holidays are happy days. For some seniors, however, this festive time of year brings out their inner Scrooges. For not only your aging loved one but for caretakers and family members as well, this can be a very challenging time. The good news is that you don’t have to hunker down and wait for the holiday blues to pass. Read on for six steps caregivers can take to cope with a senior’s bad behavior while reacquainting themselves with the spirit of the season.

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4 Tips for Keeping Older Adults Healthy this Season

By: Dianne Terrace | MS, CPT
December 13th, 2016

According to licensed clinical social worker Robyn Golden, who also directs the health and aging department at Rush University in Chicago, “Although the holiday season is a great time of family and friends gathering together, we should offer older relatives options and ask them what they would like to do, but don’t just assume their limitations.” 

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Fun Winter Projects to do With Your Loved One This Holiday Season

By: Chelsea Sayegh
December 6th, 2016

Think Christmas revelry is just for the wee ones? Think again. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are packed with opportunities for caregivers to help older adults catch the spirit of the season. Even better? They’re fun for caregivers, too! Let’s count down seven terrific winter activities for seniors this Christmas.  

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