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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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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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Tips for Improving Physical Dexterity in Older Adults

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 18th, 2015

Many older seniors become less agile as they age due to a combination of physical and mental factors.

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It's National Men's Health Week: Here's What You Should Know

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 15th, 2015

Life expectancy for American men lags significantly behind that of women, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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assisted living | caregiver tips | 60-day stay trial | Aging & Caregiving

How to Discuss Changing Care Needs With Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 11th, 2015

Loss of independence is a very real threat to your aging loved one. Unfortunately, as seniors age, their ability to manage previously simple everyday duties may diminish or disappear completely. "I don't need help!" What do you do when your aging loved one refuses to accept that his/her care needs are changing? These tips can help you maintain clear, open and productive lines of communication.

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Losing Patience With Your Aging Loved One? 3 Tips to Restore Balance.

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 9th, 2015

Many aspects of caregiving are full of joy and connection, but other interactions can be frustrating or overwhelming. While it’s easy to feel discouraged and break down during these stressful times, understanding and implementing proven coping methods can lead to better outcomes for both you and your aging loved one. Let’s count down three simple ways to restore balance to your life when patience is at a premium.

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Cataracts and Older Adults - What To Do

By: Marissa Salvesen
June 4th, 2015

According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of older seniors over the age of 80 have cataracts or have had cataract surgery. Let’s take a closer look at this common eye disease, and how the condition may affect the health and quality of life of your aging loved one.

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assisted living | caregiver tips | 60-day stay trial | Aging & Caregiving

"When It Comes To Dying"

By: Jim Stinson
June 2nd, 2015

“When it comes to dying, I’m an amateur. I haven’t done it - I think when I come to it, I will still be an amateur, somewhere between frightened and terrified.”   (Sam Keen, Graceful Passages)

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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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