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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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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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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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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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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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