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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

7 Diabetic Friendly Recipes for Thanksgiving

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 23rd, 2016

Millions of Americans eagerly await the Thanksgiving feast every year. For people living with diabetes, however, the inability to indulge in their festive favorites can lead to disappointment. But managing diabetes doesn’t have to mean missing out on an amazing meal -- particularly when caregivers incorporate plenty of healthy options into the menu. Read on for a roundup of seven diabetic friendly recipes perfect for pleasing all of your guests this Thanksgiving.

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4 Ways to Manage Work and Caregiving

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 17th, 2016

Six out of 10 caregivers report having experienced one or more impacts to their employment situation due to their caregiving responsibilities according to the AARP’s “Caregiving in the USA” report for 2015. These consequences can include everything from having to cut their hours to being reprimanded for poor performance or inadequate attendance.

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New to Assisted Living? Tips on How to Help a Senior Adjust

By: Elizabeth Bemis
November 15th, 2016

Helping a senior adjust to assisted living can be tricky, but it is definitely doable. It’s a much “easier” transition if from day one family members have accepted the decision to move and stay involved in some meaningful way. For many older adults, this next chapter of life may be something they are looking forward to and they may see it as a chance to meet new people and explore new things.

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When Your Aging Loved One Just Won't Budge! Moving Into a Senior Living Community

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 3rd, 2016

A staggering 87 percent of adults over the age of 65 say they want to remain in their current homes and communities as they age, according to research from AARP. Unfortunately, wants don’t always match needs -- especially in the case of seniors for whom living alone may no longer be a safe or realistic option. Many caregivers share a common dilemma when it comes to helping aging loved ones accept a move from a cherished home into senior living. Read on for three tips aimed at fostering a positive transition and best outcomes for all.

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5 Reasons You or Your Loved One Should Choose Crosby Commons

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 20th, 2016

Crosby Commons at Wesley Village is an extra-ordinary Assisted and Independent Living community; not just in the services and amenities it offers but also because of the operational philosophy we practice. Being part of United Methodist Homes (UMH), a mission-based organization, the decisions we make as a community are focused on doing the right thing for our residents and staff.

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7 Reasons Middlewoods of Farmington is the Right  Senior Living Community for You!

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 13th, 2016

Tucked away behind the UCONN Health Center is one of the most award-winning independent and assisted living communities in Connecticut; a place where residents live life to the fullest, where residents’ families and friends are welcomed, and where residents and families become members of the Middlewoods of Farmington family. This unique community is also a place where staff come to work knowing they are encouraged to build relationships with residents in order to provide better care and find joy in their work.

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Middlewoods of Newington is the Perfect Senior Living Community for You

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 6th, 2016

With all the assisted living options available to you in Hartford County, why would so many people stop looking after they’ve visited Middlewoods of Newington? Perhaps it was the one-floor living that was most appealing. Maybe it was the strong sense of family they felt when they walked through the door. It might have even been the warm, welcoming interactions they had with the Middlewoods staff and residents that left them feeling at ease. Believe it or not, it is pretty common for the prospective resident and their family to realize they want to become a part of this special community even after one phone call. How can that be?

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4 Reasons Why Home is NOT Always Better for Older Adults

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 22nd, 2016

The slogan “home is always better” is often used by senior home care companies to tout their services and dismiss the benefits of senior living communities. But the truth is, home is not always better for older adults -- despite what savvy marketers want you to think. Let’s take a closer look at four reasons why the family home may not be the better fit for your aging loved one.

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6 Stress Management Tips for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 21st, 2016

~“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ~ -Steve Maraboli. Ironically, retirement is supposed to be the time when you relax and play golf, a time when you are older and wiser and now have the answers to many of life’s questions. However, with aging comes new concerns, such as managing your health, how to fund retirement, and a general sense of “loss.”

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Senior Friendship - Does Your Aging Loved One Need a BFF?

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 15th, 2016

Terms like “BFF” and “bestie” may be new to our vocabularies, but the basic concept remains the same: Everyone needs a good friend. Having a strong social network may be even more critical for seniors, according to research indicating the paramount role of friendships in supporting quality of life during the golden years. Let’s take a closer look at why friends are so important, along with highlighting tips aimed at helping aging loved ones live better with a little help from their friends.

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Pet Care and Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 8th, 2016

An abundance of research highlights the value of relationships between pets and humans. The generation most likely to benefit from animal companionship, according to findings published in the European Journal of Medical Research? Older adults. Let’s take a closer look at why seniors and pets are a perfect fit, along with tips for helping your aging loved one choose the right pet.

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