The Administration of Aging publicizes and celebrates “Older Americans Month” in May every year as a way to help organizations demonstrate our commitment to honoring the value that elders contribute to our communities. This year the theme is “Unleash the Power of Age!” This month celebrates the contributions that thousands of older Americans across our nation have made. Currently 52% of older Americans volunteer their time through unpaid community service. They bring not only their experiences, talents, interests and skills to the organizations they serve, but also their creativity and vitality which help to enrich the lives of those whom they work with as well as their own.
The Results Are In! Residents and Families of UMH Communities Are Happy! United Methodist Homes recently conducted a Resident and Family Satisfaction Survey, and were we ever pleased! On average, 93% of participating residents and families responded they were more than satisfied with the care and services provided at the following communities:
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April 22 to 28 is Medical Fitness Week! So what does this mean for you? Well, the “National Walking Challenge” is one of the events planned for the week, and everyone across the country is encouraged to walk, that includes you! Walking is the best cardio exercise for seniors. It improves blood circulation, it’s easy on the joints and it’s not complicated to do. If you can still move, you can perform a variety of heart-engaging activity. It’s not too late to improve your fitness level and your quality of life.
Watching your aging parent’s health decline is heart wrenching, especially when you feel like a helpless bystander. It’s during this time; however, you can show your loved one that you are their greatest fan! Start to ‘clean house’ by overseeing the affairs of your aging parents, ideally with their approval, and before a health crisis develops.
As one ages, the thought of moving into a new home can be daunting. This needn’t be the case. These days senior living communities offer activities, trips, transportation, on-site health services and medical staff, nutrition and dining services, and varied design options to cater to one’s needs and much more.
Every year, the American Public Health Association names the first week in April to be National Public Health Week, highlighting an issue that is important to improving the public's health. This year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." This week will focus on the importance of public health to prevent disease, save lives, and maximize your 'Return On Investment' to your overall health.
At times rewarding and other times downright frustrating, caring for elder parents can be quite the challenge. Reaching out for advice from uncensored, untrained sources may not give you the solution you crave. Why? Because most often the perception surrounding what older folks can and cannot do are wrong—much like a generation gap—you feel you’re speaking another language and they feel misunderstood.
Socializing: It's for Kids, Ages 2 to 102. Most people understand the importance of encouraging young children to socialize, but it's easy to overlook the importance of socialization for older adults. Human nature leads us to crave fulfilling relationships with other people. As we age however, life circumstances may push us toward loneliness and isolation unless we take proactive steps to cultivate new relationships. This applies regardless of whether someone lives alone or in an assisted living community. Consider some of the benefits of socialization for your aging loved one…
Heart Awareness Month Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. It is important to educate yourself on the disease and make sure you are on track to maintain a healthy heart.
As the year comes to an end, it is a time to reflect on the all of the successes and memories of the past year. Bringing in another new year allows us the opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. It is especially important for seniors to continue to make resolutions each year. Making resolutions can create something to look forward to and a sense of confidence and excitement.