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Happily Ever Aging
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Everything you need to know about caring for your loved one - at home or at a senior living community.

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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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Simple Ways to Help Your Loved One Manage His or Her Diabetes

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 25th, 2014

Nearly 30 million kids and adults in the U.S. have diabetes and an additional 86 million Americans are at risk for developing the disease.

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Always Saying Good-bye

By: Jim Stinson
October 7th, 2014

By Rev. Jim Stinson, Director of Spiritual Life for United Methodist Homes  “It seems as if we’re always saying goodbye.” This comment was shared from a resident in one of senior living communities at our Wesley Village Campus in Shelton, CT. It speaks to an all too common experience of older adults. Inevitably, as we age, more and more of our loved ones and friends precede us in death. It also speaks to a sense of loneliness often found among the aging.

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“Kicking and Screaming”

By: Jim Stinson
September 30th, 2014

By Jim Stinson

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5 Common Misconceptions About Aging

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 1st, 2014

Many people have the wrong impression of what it means to grow old. The older years of an individual’s life can actually be a very active time for many people, with new experiences and new connections. Many older adults may feel like they are no longer useful, productive, or valuable in their later years of life, but “old age” can be full of meaning and purpose for those who choose to explore the possibilities.

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Daily Tasks: How to Make Them Easier for Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 27th, 2014

Even the most routine daily tasks can become a challenge for aging parents because of impaired fine motor skills and declining cognitive abilities. By implementing strategies around the home, such as mobility devices and memory aids, you can help your loved one transition through these changes while promoting optimal quality of life.

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Quick, Nutritious and Easy-to-Prepare Meals for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 25th, 2014

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition; in fact, many diseases common among older adults are a direct result of dietary insufficiencies. Making sure that your aging loved has access to balanced meals can be a real challenge for caregivers, especially if mom or dad is living alone.

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The Importance of Communication in Assisted Living

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 27th, 2014

Communication is an important part of everyday life in an assisted living community. In each UMH community, we recognize that communication needs dialogue. Learn more about this dialogue in our newest ebook "The ABC's of Assisted Living".

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4 Daily Exercises Every Senior Should be Doing

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 6th, 2014

Exercising, for seniors, helps maintain flexibility, endurance and strength, all while improving heart health, which is important for older adults. Exercising, when chosen carefully and found to be in line with what the senior body can handle, helps improve overall quality of life, lessen problems from balance and coordination issues and aids in maintaining strength.

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Understanding Anxiety Surrounding the Holidays

By: Marissa Salvesen
December 26th, 2013

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many older adults. The loss of loved ones, close friends, physical mobility, and independence can be a very hard thing to adjust to. For many older adults, these changes can make the holidays quite different than they once were.

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7 Reasons Why You Need Your Flu Shot This Year

By: Marissa Salvesen
December 21st, 2013

A lot of people think of “the flu” as a very bad cold. Sure, many of us get over it fine, but we tend to forget that when it strikes (sometimes twice a year!), it can hit like a Mack truck! The flu is one of the most common viral infections that attack everyone—young and old—some worse than others, particularly older adults. And if you’ve ever received a flu shot, you know that last season’s shot is no longer effective this season. So, here are seven reasons why you need your flu shot this year.

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