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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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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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How to Afford Senior Living When the Money Runs Out

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 7th, 2017

Running out of money is a real possibility for some who have made senior living communities their home. The money runs out for a number of reasons and common among them are: longevity (the average length of stay in assisted living is 2.5 years but many live there significantly longer) increasing rental costs, increasing costs in senior health care services and a need for more assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) than before. There are others, but these situations just mentioned place an immediate draw on private funds.

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Behind the Scenes of a UMH Photo Shoot

By: Chelsea Sayegh
January 17th, 2017

When we think of the phrase “professional photo shoot”, we think of beautiful models, groomed to perfection and picture perfect. It seems high quality photography paired with flawless models is the key to a great picture. But is it really?

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Why Consider a 60-Day Trial Stay?

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 2nd, 2016

It is important that you feel at home in your new senior living home. But how do you know if you're actually going to be comfortable and happy in this new space? Whether it be our Middlewoods Assisted and Independent Living Community in Farmington or Newington, we have your comfort in mind. We invite you to try out maintenance-free living with our unique 60-day trial stay....with no long term commitment!

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Honoring Our Veterans

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 10th, 2015

Updated November 10th, 2015 As we remember our veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the year, may we never forget their sacrifice, their bravery, and their resilient spirits. Our lives today have been shaped by their service to our country and for that we are so very grateful.

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Feeling Sandwiched? Here's What You Need to Know

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 14th, 2015

If you hadn't yet heard the term “sandwich generation,” it is only a matter of time: nearly half of middle-aged American adults fall into this category, and you may too if you’re currently caring for an aging parent while simultaneously supporting a child of your own.

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Easy Summer Gardening Tips for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 9th, 2015

Gardening is one of nature’s most satisfying experiences that can be enjoyed at any age. Digging, planting, and harvesting stimulates the senses, enhances oft-lost connections with nature, and delivers beautiful rewards in the form of fresh food and flowers. Thinking about taking up a gardening project with your aging loved one? These ideas, tips and techniques can help get you started.

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Help Your Aging Loved One GAIN Independence in Senior Living Homes!

By: Elizabeth Bemis
July 4th, 2015

As we celebrate the Fourth of July and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans in the traditional way… cookouts, fireworks and perhaps even a day at the beach, take a moment to think about those who may be losing some of their independence. Older adults. Society often views aging as a loss of independence. It is time to look at aging and health care assistance as a way to regain independence. 

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Meaningful Visits You and Your Aging Loved One Will Cherish

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 2nd, 2015

Chances are, if you’re a caregiver, you spend a lot of time driving to doctor’s appointments, picking up groceries, paying bills, filling prescriptions, or helping your loved one with household chores.

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Honest Thoughts on Alzheimer’s

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 25th, 2015

One son reflects on how younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease has affected his life and most importantly, the life of his mom, who is living with the disease.

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Easy Brain Exercises for Seniors and Caregivers

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 23rd, 2015

During the month of June we celebrate sunny days, the end of the school year, and the “official” arrival of summer. One more event to add to the list? Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Created to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, this month-long observance also offers caregivers the opportunity to reflect on ways to help enhance brain health for their aging loved ones. Here's what you need to know about the aging brain, along with a few simple brain-boosting exercises to ensure ongoing brain health.

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