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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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Aging & Caregiving  |  Independent Senior Living  |  caregiver tips  |  dependent senior living  |  senior living homes  |  senior living nutrition

Managing Senior Caregiver Guilt Over Nursing Home Placement

Guilt, by any measure, is one of the most difficult feelings senior caregivers face when transitioning a loved one from home to a care facility. Family members who find themselves up against this decision do not typically go into it lightly, often laboring over the question of what’s best for the senior in their life. Many times, the move is dictated by unforeseen circumstances or newly emerged medical conditions that make it impractical to care for the loved one at home. Whatever the case, both the decision and the logistics of placement can leave a caregiver riddled with an overwhelming sense of guilt.  

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Aging & Caregiving  |  Cope With Tragedy  |  aging parents  |  assisted living  |  caregiver tips  |  tips for seniors

Helping Your Loved One Cope with Tragedy

Dealing with tragedy can be especially difficult for your aging loved one. For many older adults, loss becomes frighteningly more common throughout the aging process. Whether it be the loss of a spouse, a child or sibling, a good friend, or even a pet, these circumstances can weigh heavily on your loved one for several months.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  activities for seniors  |  aging seniors  |  assisted living  |  caregiver tips  |  healthy senior living  |  tips for seniors

The Importance of Keeping Your Aging Senior Active

As you think about the best ways to care for your aging parent or loved one, one of the things you can do that will provide the most benefit in all areas of life is encouraging exercise. Being active can help your aging senior in a wide range of ways, from strengthening social relationships to improving memory and even preventing depression.

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  caregiver tips

Meaningful Visits You and Your Aging Loved One Will Cherish

Chances are, if you’re a caregiver, you spend a lot of time driving to doctor’s appointments, picking up groceries, paying bills, filling prescriptions, or helping your loved one with household chores.

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

How to Discuss Changing Care Needs With Your Aging Loved One

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

"When It Comes To Dying"

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

10 Tips for Helping Your Aging Loved One Manage Diabetes

More than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  caregiver tips

Am I Spending Too Much Time Caring for My Aging Parent?

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  caregiver tips

Questioning Your Caregiving Skills? Here’s What to Do....

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  caregiver tips

Do You Make These Simple Mistakes While Caring for an Aging Loved One?

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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Aging & Caregiving  |  assisted living  |  caregiver tips

How to Handle the Challenges of Caregiving With 5 Easy Steps

Unpaid caregivers provide a whopping 90 percent of long-term care in the United States.

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