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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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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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Helping Your Loved One Cope with Tragedy

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 11th, 2016

Dealing with tragedy can be especially difficult for your aging loved one. For many older adults, loss becomes frighteningly more common throughout the aging process. Whether it be the loss of a spouse, a child or sibling, a good friend, or even a pet, these circumstances can weigh heavily on your loved one for several months.

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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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The Importance of Keeping Your Aging Senior Active

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 14th, 2016

As you think about the best ways to care for your aging parent or loved one, one of the things you can do that will provide the most benefit in all areas of life is encouraging exercise. Being active can help your aging senior in a wide range of ways, from strengthening social relationships to improving memory and even preventing depression.

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Honoring Our Veterans

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 29th, 2016

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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Recognizing American Red Cross Month

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 5th, 2016

March is “American Red Cross Month”, which makes it the perfect time to recognize the work of this valuable organization and its volunteers. The goal of “American Red Cross Month” is to bring awareness to the public so they understand how what they do can help people all over the world. Volunteers include those who donate blood, CPR trainees, volunteers who show up to respond to a home fire in the middle of the night.  These are the everyday heroes of the Red Cross who make a difference in communities across the United States and around the world.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Brain (Alzheimers Prevention)

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 3rd, 2016

Brain health often deteriorates with the aging process, but the decline is not inevitable in all cases. By taking a few simple steps, you can keep your brain healthy and alert as you enter your golden years.

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Helping Your Loved One Maintain Independence with Dementia

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 1st, 2016

Dementia is a progressive disease where the patient slowly loses mental capabilities and cognitive functions over a period of time. Currently, About 4 to 5 million people in the United States suffer from some form of dementia.

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5 Valentine Gift Ideas For Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 1st, 2016

Doesn’t your aging loved one deserve a little something special this year? While chocolates and flowers may be the usual go-to Valentine’s Day gifts, these five gifts can help your loved one feel valued and remembered this February 14th.

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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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