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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

Help Seniors Manage Their Weight During National Nutrition Month

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 10th, 2015

Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of reducing chronic disease, maintaining independence, and achieving comprehensive wellness.

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assisted living | caregiver information | Aging & Caregiving

Senior Isolation: What You Need to Know

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 5th, 2015

We all understand what it feels like to be lonely. For most of us these feelings are only temporary; however, loneliness and social isolation can become a state of being for many seniors. 

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assisted living | tips for caregivers | Aging & Caregiving

Listen Up: Getting Your Aging Parent to Listen to the Doctor

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 3rd, 2015

Although doctors don’t always tell us what we want to hear, their knowledge, education and training mandates that we listen to them.

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assisted living | exercise tips for seniors | Aging & Caregiving

Mobility and Your Aging Loved One: 3 Strengthening Exercises

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 27th, 2015

Loss of mobility in aging adults can be a damaging cycle: the less an individual moves his/her body, the less agile the body becomes. Help your aging loved one build strength, flexibility, balance and confidence through a combination of seated, standing and water exercises.

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assisted living | Aging & Caregiving

Keeping Senior Hearts Healthy During American Heart Month

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 26th, 2015

While cardiovascular health is important for everyone, it is a particular concern for seniors: as many as 42.2 million Americans aged 60 or older have some form of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. 

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assisted living | caregiver tips | Aging & Caregiving

The Benefits of Music for Seniors with Alzheimer's and Dementia

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 20th, 2015

The relaxing and restorative power of music is amazingly illustrated in the lives of seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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Discovering the "In Between"

By: Jim Stinson
February 17th, 2015

There is a wonderful children’s book called God in Between. As with most children’s books, adults would do well to read it.It was written by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and published by Jewish Lights Publishing in 1998 and is “For People of All Faiths, All Backgrounds.” It is one of the few books I kept when downsizing and moving to a condo. It is the story of a window-less, road-less, overgrown town, and its people who sense something missing in their lives. People are cut off from one another and cannot watch or see anything beyond their own four walls. They sense that if they can find God (whose existence is not certain to them) they might find what they are missing. Much to their surprise they are led to discover that God (the meaning for their lives) is not missing. He, She, It, has always been present, but unseen because they are not connected to each other. They discover that God is found “In the between. In between us.”

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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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assisted living | caregiver tips | Aging & Caregiving

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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assisted living | activities for seniors | aging parents | Aging & Caregiving

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

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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