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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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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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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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The Benefits of Assisted Living Communities

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 23rd, 2012

Assisted Living Communities As an individual ages, it may become necessary to look into alternative living facilities. Assisted living communities are just one of the many options available. There are several benefits of living in an assisted living facility. 

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What to Look For in a Retirement Community in Connecticut

By: Elizabeth Bemis
October 10th, 2012

If you are looking for a retirement community in Connecticut for friends or family, then there are certain services you want to make sure the facility has on-site. These will improve the quality of life for your loved one and ensure that they are getting the most out of their new home. Use these as a checklist when you start narrowing down your search.

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A Brief History of United Methodist Homes

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 24th, 2012

United Methodist Homes provides professional assisted and independent living, short term rehab and skilled nursing care in CT, as well as skilled nursing care in IN and dementia and memory care assisted living in TN. As a forerunner in senior living, you will find an established senior community in the network of UMH facilities. Discover the difference in retirement facilities that nearly 125 years of experience can provide.

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Hospice Care in CT

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 17th, 2012

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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Crosby Commons: Assisted and Independent Living in Shelton CT

By: Elizabeth Bemis
September 13th, 2012

Independent Living in Shelton CT For many, the process of growing older is a rite of passage. Many families struggle when it comes to placing their loved one in a senior community. They worry about the social and emotional well being of their loved one. Crosby Commons offers seniors a way to maintain their independence while having the security of knowing that assistance is there if they need it. When looking for assisted and independent living in Shelton CT, Crosby Commons is here to help.

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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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