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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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Fall Prevention - 5 Tips to Help Prevent Falls

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 3rd, 2017

As people get older in their 70s, 80s and beyond, they begin to become more physically frail. One of the concerns along with becoming frail is that they might slip and fall. While a fall to a younger person might only result in a bruise, the consequences of a fall to an elderly parent can be severely detrimental. Whether your parents are in assisted living or still in their family home, here are some ways that you can help them avoid falls

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Everything You Need to Know About Hospice Care in CT

By: Elizabeth Bemis
May 6th, 2017

Like many topics related to death and dying, families tend to avoid the topic of hospice care until a physician or social worker brings up the subject. This is unfortunate because studies show that people tend to live longer when they receive hospice care in CT. When you and your family know about the services and benefits of hospice, you will feel more comfortable discussing it with your doctor when the time arises. 

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The Importance of Eye Health for Seniors

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 27th, 2017

 You’ve heard of the Ides of March, but have you heard about the Eyes of March? March is “Save Your Vision Month” (named by the American Optometric Association) and a great time to evaluate and improve your eye health. The American Optometric Association created "Save Your Vision Month" to bring awareness to eye health and important practices to maintain throughout the year. Although eye health is extremely important to everyone, seniors must take extra precautions to have optimum eye health.

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Healthy Living at UMH

By: Chelsea Sayegh
November 16th, 2016

What Better Time for a Healthier You? At UMH, we are committed to a healthy living initiative for our staff and residents. Through a combination of nutrition, exercise, relaxation, social engagement and a positive attitude, we strive to help each other become healthier. Employees and residents alike have the opportunity to track their progress daily and work toward meeting those goals and celebrating with a reward program unique to each of our communities. As Mary Ann, a UMH employee says, “It is simple to follow, anyone can do it, most do every day! It is doable and inspires positive thinking about wellness.”

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Tips for Maintaining Your Brain (Alzheimers Prevention)

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 3rd, 2016

Brain health often deteriorates with the aging process, but the decline is not inevitable in all cases. By taking a few simple steps, you can keep your brain healthy and alert as you enter your golden years.

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4 Key Pneumonia Prevention Tips for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 22nd, 2015

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to complications from pneumonia. In fact, according to the CDC, pneumonia -- along with influenza -- is one of the leading causes of death for people aged 65 and older. Don’t miss these four pneumonia prevention tips designed to help keep seniors safe from this life-threatening illness.

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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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5 Ways Older Adults Can Strengthen Their Immune Systems

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 28th, 2014

Our immune systems protect us from a number of harmful substances, including cancer cells, toxins, and viruses. As we age, however, our immune systems are no longer able to function at peak capacity.

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The Walk of Life: The Importance of Walking for Your Aging Parents

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 17th, 2014

A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reinforced what has long been suspected: regular exercise is critically important for seniors.

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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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When is the Right Time to Move into Assisted Living?

By: Elizabeth Bemis
May 1st, 2013

Knowing when is the right time to move your loved one into assisted living is not easy. You may have seen warning signs that put you on edge, such as out-of-character behaviors and various odd incidents at home which planted the seed of alternative care in your head.  The fact that you are having this mental conflict in the first place is a sign in itself to start the conversation with your loved ones.

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