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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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Medicare vs. Medicaid: The Differences You Should Know

By: Chelsea Sayegh
July 12th, 2018

You hear about Medicare and Medicaid a lot, on the news or from your family members or friends. But, if you’ve never had to draw from either program, you might not know how they differ. When people are looking for ways to pay for their senior loved one’s healthcare or assisted living expenses, Medicare and Medicaid could be beneficial sources of funding, depending on your needs. Explore this article to learn a little bit more about the differences between Medicare and Medicaid, who qualifies for program eligibility, and whether or not these programs could help cover your loved one’s healthcare expenses.

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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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Recognizing American Red Cross Month

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 5th, 2016

March is “American Red Cross Month”, which makes it the perfect time to recognize the work of this valuable organization and its volunteers. The goal of “American Red Cross Month” is to bring awareness to the public so they understand how what they do can help people all over the world. Volunteers include those who donate blood, CPR trainees, volunteers who show up to respond to a home fire in the middle of the night.  These are the everyday heroes of the Red Cross who make a difference in communities across the United States and around the world.

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Helping Your Loved One Maintain Independence with Dementia

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 1st, 2016

Dementia is a progressive disease where the patient slowly loses mental capabilities and cognitive functions over a period of time. Currently, About 4 to 5 million people in the United States suffer from some form of dementia.

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Natural Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 21st, 2014

Arthritis -- caused by the wearing away of joint cartilage which over time leads to bone rubbing against bone -- can be a painful and debilitating condition.

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Is An Assisted Living Community Right For You?

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 19th, 2013

You’ll know when an assisted living community is right for you when it fits naturally into your healthcare and lifestyle needs. The first step is to know your needs; thereafter, gather as much information you can on the services and amenities offered within the community to decide whether assisted living makes a comparable fit.

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World Health Day: Control Your Blood Pressure

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 5th, 2013

Every year, The World Health Organization declares a day to be World Health Day, to bring awareness to health issues faced by many people around the world. Millions of people are affected by the same disease everyday, and the World Health Organization wants to bring awareness that no one is alone.

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The Importance of Diabetes Care

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 2nd, 2013

Diabetes can be a very confusing and overwhelming condition.  It is important as you manage your health that you become aware of ways to prevent this disease and manage it if you are diagnosed. People who are overweight, inactive, and over age 45 are at a higher risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes prevention is a huge factor in positive senior health outcomes.

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7 Eye-Opening Facts You Didn’t Know About Medicare

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 28th, 2013

How much do you really know about your Medicare program? Since the many hot-media-debates, the dust is finally settling on the real facts. Medicare is the premier healthcare coverage for seniors with over 47 million enrollees and growing rapidly; yet its coverage is like a puzzle with many moving parts. Just when you thought you had it figured out, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) comes along and throws you back off track. The thing is, Medicare is not just a government hand-out you accept at age 65--it’s something you’ve earned--and can claim based on facts. Here are seven (7) surprising facts you may not have known about Medicare.

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Bishop Wicke Health Center Renovation!

By: Elizabeth Bemis
February 8th, 2013

In keeping with the UMH value of “Excellence; improving quality by empowering our associates to continually improve our outcomes of service, encouraging innovation by seeking, listening and responding to new ideas”, our Bishop Wicke Health Center is embarking on a $1 million renovation project!

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