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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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Does My Aging Parent Need Speech Therapy?

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 12th, 2015

Communication is an essential part of human interactions. Without the ability to exchange information, ask for help, and share our feelings, a number of devastating consequences can ensue. For aging adults suffering from age-related speech issues or those who are recovering from stroke, dementia or a head injury, speech therapy offers an extremely useful means to regaining the essential skill of communication.

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Gaining Confidence After a Big Fall

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 3rd, 2015

More than a third of people over the age of 65 fall every year. And while fractures heal, confidence levels may be shattered. Unfortunately, failure to reverse this trend can lead to an increasing state of debilitation. Read on to learn how to help your aging loved one regain his/her confidence, mobility and independence following a fall.

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Three "Brain Games" Websites for Keeping Older Minds Sharp

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 29th, 2015

While cognitive decline can be a natural part of the aging process, it’s possible to counter the trend through brain teasers, memory games, and other mental “workouts”. Read on to learn three websites packed with brain games for seniors, as well as other suggestions for helping to keep your aging loved one’s brain in tip-top shape. 

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Losing Patience : 5 Tips for Caregivers

By: Jim Stinson
January 27th, 2015

“What do you miss the most about being in your home of so many years?” That’s a question I often ask our newer residents when checking in on their adjustment to living in one of our communities at United Methodist Homes. Invariably the answer goes something like this: “I miss getting up, going downstairs, fixing a cup of coffee, enjoying it for awhile, having breakfast, and then going upstairs to wash and dress for the day.” Or, “I miss the daily routines, walking downtown, seeing neighbors, chatting, walking home with some little thing I might want or need during the remaining day.” Along with those comments comes a host of other things of that nature! 

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4 Key Pneumonia Prevention Tips for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 22nd, 2015

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to complications from pneumonia. In fact, according to the CDC, pneumonia -- along with influenza -- is one of the leading causes of death for people aged 65 and older. Don’t miss these four pneumonia prevention tips designed to help keep seniors safe from this life-threatening illness.

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"Healthy" Foods Your Aging Parent Should Avoid

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 20th, 2015

With so many Americans committed to eating right, it’s not exactly surprising that food manufacturers are responding with more fat-free, sugar-free and low-sodium options than ever. However, distinguishing healthy foods from “healthy” foods can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to promoting nutritious eating habits for your aging loved one. These four foods may be less healthy than you think. 

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9 Tips to Improve Your Aging Loved One's Driving

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 15th, 2015

Just because driving abilities change with age doesn’t mean it's time to take away your aging loved one's car keys. While driver safety can be a sensitive subject for seniors, you can help reduce risk factors and promote better driving through these nine safety tips.

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5 Safe and Fun Hobbies for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 13th, 2015

Hobbies are an excellent way to support the mind and body while staying active, connecting with others, and finding a sense of fulfillment -- all experiences which often diminish with age. Inspire your aging loved one with these five ideas designed to help him/her put down the remote control and pick up a rewarding new hobby. 

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Caring from Afar: Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 8th, 2015

Just because you are far away from your loved one doesn’t mean you can’t play a valuable role in his/her life.

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Coping With Loss Over The Holidays

By: Jim Stinson
December 23rd, 2014

The holiday season is about over! For many that is a statement that is said with relief; for others it is said with a sense of wishing it could last a little longer.

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Winter Weather Safety for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
December 18th, 2014

With the arrival of the winter season, the joy and happiness of the holidays is never far off. Unfortunately for many caregivers, it is this time of year that can often cause a great deal of anxiety and stress. As a caregiver, how often do you find yourself worrying about the safety and security of your aging loved one?

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