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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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Quality Activities Keep Assisted Living Residents Smiling

By: Elizabeth Bemis
November 27th, 2012

Assisted living communities are popular with older adults because they allow them to retain their independence within their own apartment in a dedicated purpose-built community, while having easy access to wide-ranging services, such as meals, health care, transportation and social and recreational activities. United Methodist Homes, a leader in assisted and independent care communities is known for its commitment to providing the highest quality of accommodations and care throughout the assisted living network. Assisted living in CT offers residents a variety of choices in accommodation and a multiplicity of programs and services to ensure that they can enjoy their retirement years to the fullest.

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Flu and Pneumonia Shots for Seniors - Is it Too Late?

By: Elizabeth Bemis
November 15th, 2012

Although it might seem like the year is winding down to it's cold conclusion and already deep into the annual flu season, it is not too late to go get vaccinated for the flu and pneumonia if you have not done so already. October and November are the usual months during which flu shots are made available to interested individual in public places, though you can also approach your healthcare provider if you have missed your local deadlines. As for the pneumococcal vaccine, it can be scheduled anytime during the year when you have the extra time.

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Caring for the Elderly: Dealing with Resistance

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 31st, 2012

When our loved ones reach their older years, it's not uncommon for them to refuse help. It helps to know the main causes of this resistance so you can better understand how you can help them. 

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Tips for Caring for Someone with Parkinson's Disease

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 25th, 2012

If your parent or one of your loved ones gets diagnosed with Parkinson's, it's important to know the right steps to take to deal with this health condition. Here are several tips to help you provide the support that your family member needs. There are also a number of assisted living communities in CT that can help support your parent or loved one.

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How to Avoid the Flu as a Senior

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 26th, 2012

Avoid the Flu! Although familiarity can lead to contempt, the flu is not a laughing matter. Symptoms of flu include fever, headaches, sore throats, and chills. In more serious cases, complications from flu can include pneumonia, ear infections, and even the exacerbation of preexisting medical conditions. As a senior, you should take particular care to avoid the flu because you are at more risk than most people. Whether you live at home, or at in independent living community in TN, keep these tips in mind!

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Tips for Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 21st, 2012

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Caring for a loved one with a progressive neurodegenerative condition such as Alzheimer's Disease can take its toll emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As the world slowly becomes smaller for the person with Alzhemier's, so does the world of that person's caregiver.

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Tips for Preventing Osteoporosis

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 19th, 2012

Osteoporisis Prevention If you are an active person who's inclined to sports or outdoor activities, it is important to keep your bones healthy. In America, more than 10 million adults suffer from osteoporosis. Bone loss due to this condition increases the risk of fractures. It prevents you from doing the things you love.

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Caring for Someone with Diabetes

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 7th, 2012

Managing diabetes means creating and maintaining a system of routines to help address the problem from all angles. This means more than simply taking regular blood sugar tests and taking insulin as necessary; this means a complete change in lifestyle and long-established habits. Doing these things is already difficult if you are the diabetic, and can be even more so if you are taking care of a senior with diabetes. Fortunately, there are simple, concrete steps that you can take to improve the quality of care for your loved one.

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Caring for Someone with Arthritis

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 21st, 2012

If a loved one, like a parent, has recently been diagnosed with arthritis, you may be unsure of what to do next. Luckily, arthritis is not a life-threatening illness, but it can still be painful and impact someone's quality of life.

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Tips for Elderly Nutrition Needs

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 16th, 2012

As people age, their nutritional needs vary. A 2-year-old does not need the same things as a 20-year-old, and a 20-year-old does not need the same things as an 80-year-old. It is important to understand that the elderly have very specific nutritional needs.

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Everyday Healthy Heart Tips

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 8th, 2012

As we age, heart disease becomes a clear fact of life that has to be dealt with. Whether your parent is living with heart disease or not, having a heart-healthy lifestyle is valuable. Retirement living doesn't have to mean sitting around being bored all day; on the contrary, it can be a vibrant and lively time of life with the right habits. Encourage your parent to stick with these healthy living tips.

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