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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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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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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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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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