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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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assisted living | caregiver tips | Aging & Caregiving

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

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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Shining the Spotlight on Stress and Seniors for Stress Awareness Month

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 3rd, 2015

Stress is a natural part of life; we all experience it at one point or another. However, chronic stress can have serious health implications -- particularly for older adults.  

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Laughing, Healing, and Your Aging Loved One

By: Jim Stinson
March 31st, 2015

Some years ago we took our nearly teenaged son to the doctor. We did so because he was complaining of aches and pains all over his body.  

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"I Got Out Of The Shower"

By: Jim Stinson
March 26th, 2015

“I got out of the shower, dried myself off, looked in the mirror, decided I looked good for someone over ninety years old, smiled, got dressed, and started my day.” 

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assisted living | caregiver tips | lifestyle transitions | Aging & Caregiving

5 Ways You Can Help End Alzheimer's

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 13th, 2015

Do you know or care for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia?

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