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

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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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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Dealing with a "Cranky" Loved One: 10 Tips for Caregivers

By: Austin Malloy
December 11th, 2014

Relationships between parents and their kids aren’t always blissful, and this doesn’t necessarily change as we grow older. Whether your relationship has always involved conflict or your loved one has just gotten crankier in old age, caregiving can be a stressful experience.

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assisted living | caregiver tips | holiday season | caregiver stress | Aging & Caregiving

'Tis the Season: Managing Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

By: Marissa Salvesen
December 4th, 2014

The holidays may be all about peace, love and joy, but for many caregivers the time between Thanksgiving and the new year can be filled with stress and frustration.

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assisted living | caregiver tips | Health Tips for Senior Citizens | Aging & Caregiving

Healthy Twists on a Traditional Thanksgiving Day Meal

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 20th, 2014

Research suggests that the average American eats as many as 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. But enjoying a delicious meal doesn’t have to mean packing on the pounds.

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Six Resources to Improve Your Caregiving Experience

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 18th, 2014

Being a caregiver for a parent, spouse or child is an important role, but also a demanding one requiring significant physical, emotional and intellectual effort.

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assisted living | caregiver tips | medication management | Aging & Caregiving

3 Simple Steps to Help Your Aging Parent Manage Their Medication

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 11th, 2014

Just over 40 percent of seniors take at least five medications every day.

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

Cold Weather is Coming: Help Prepare Your Aging Loved One

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 4th, 2014

While many people dread the arrival of cold weather, winter's freezing temperatures pose particular health hazards to seniors.

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assisted living | caregiver tips | health tips for seniors | Aging & Caregiving

Sleeping Pills for Seniors: Healthy or A Hazard?

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 11th, 2014

Sleep can be elusive at any stage of life, but seniors are commonly afflicted by sleep problems, such as insomnia and night waking.

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