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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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10 Tips for Helping Your Aging Loved One Manage Diabetes

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 26th, 2015

More than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Am I Spending Too Much Time Caring for My Aging Parent?

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 21st, 2015

Caregiving is neither easy nor simple. In fact, it can sometimes feel like a relentless, overwhelming and around-the-clock job.

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5 Questions Family Members Have About Assisted Living [Infographic]

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 19th, 2015

Mature Media Award Winner.  If you are a caregiver looking for senior living options for an aging loved one, you probably have lots of questions, the first being: how do I convince my loved one to give assisted living a try? Many older adults love the idea of a maintenance-free lifestyle but are afraid of the changes that come with making a move. Find some valuable tips on how to broach the subject of senior living with your loved one, learn more about the move-in transition process, and explore some benefits that may be available to help cover the cost of care. Check out our infographic that includes a few of the most common questions family members have about assisted living.   

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Questioning Your Caregiving Skills? Here’s What to Do....

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 13th, 2015

If you’re wondering whether you’re up to the task of caregiving, you’re not alone: self-doubt goes with the territory. The next time you’re feeling inferior about your caregiving skills, focus on what you’re doing right: providing essential help and support for your aging loved one.

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Do You Make These Simple Mistakes While Caring for an Aging Loved One?

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 8th, 2015

There’s no foolproof formula for optimal caregiving. Rather, it’s a learn-as-you go experience.However, many caregivers do stumble at similar points along the way.  Take a moment to consider these five common caregiving mistakes, along with steps you can take to fix them.

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How to Handle the Challenges of Caregiving With 5 Easy Steps

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 5th, 2015

Unpaid caregivers provide a whopping 90 percent of long-term care in the United States.

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The Benefits of Volunteering with Older Adults

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 28th, 2015

Finding time to volunteer can be difficult in today’s busy society, but the benefits are profound. If you’re thinking about volunteering but don’t know where to begin, consider your local senior living community or senior center.  

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5 Ways Occupational Therapy Can Help Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 24th, 2015

Occupational therapists offer valuable treatment for increasing independence and productivity, whether an older adult is affected by illness, experiencing memory loss, or has sustained an injury.

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Meeting A Care Receiver On His Own Turf

By: Jim Stinson
April 14th, 2015

After knocking on his door and asking permission to come in, I introduced myself to a new resident at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, where I serve as the Director of Spiritual Life.

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Humor and Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 10th, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” 

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Ease the Stress of Moving to Assisted Living

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 7th, 2015

Change is often necessary, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy especially when it comes to helping your aging loved one transition to an assisted living community. Read on to learn some ways to help seniors manage anxiety and embrace the many benefits of this maintenance-free lifestyle.

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