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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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UMH's 5 Core Values

By: Marissa Salvesen
March 13th, 2014

At UMH, our communities and our organization is built upon a firm foundation of five core values. More than just words on a piece of paper, our values are the threads that tie all of our work together and are the basis from which decisions are made and actions are taken.

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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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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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Fall Prevention - 5 Tips to Help Prevent Falls

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 28th, 2012

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 in IN or still in their family home, here are some ways that you can help them avoid falls.

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Helping Your Loved One Maintain Independence with Dementia

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 23rd, 2012

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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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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Tips for Maintaining Your Brain (Alzheimers Prevention)

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 10th, 2012

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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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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Caring for Someone with Dementia

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 6th, 2012

If you or a loved one is taking care of someone with dementia, there are some key items to remember. Whether they are in assisted living services, retirement living, or in-home care, these gentle reminders are a helpful way to understand some of the items that caregivers may be faced with. Dementia patients that are in assisted living in Connecticut have some of the best caregivers around; here are some of the general thoughts on the topic.

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The Importance of Exercise for Elderly

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 3rd, 2012

As people age, exercise becomes increasingly more important. Unfortunately, however, people tend to exercise less as they age. It is still important for the elderly to exercise. Even if they are unable to perform the vigorous fitness routines of their youth, they can still go for walks, swim, or enjoy workouts that feature yoga and Pilates.

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