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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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National Nurse’s Assistant Week: What to Expect from a Skilled Nurse

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 12th, 2013

 As National Nurse’s Assistant Week kicks off June 13 – June 23, in recognition of those dedicated to ensuring the well being of our loved ones, we use this opportunity to shine a light on what seniors can expect when in the capable hands of a nurse’s assistant. 

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Men’s Health Week: Prostate Health Tips For Aging Men

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 10th, 2013

A man’s prostate ages along with him. By the time he reaches his 70’s, he and his prostate would have journeyed through life at a similar rate of change. Because of where this doughnut-shaped gland is located (underneath the bladder), changes are likely to cause mild bladder irritations to severe urinary problems in over 90 per cent of elderly men. This means a caregiver’s dad is almost certain to develop a prostate-related problem, now or in the near future.

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Choosing the Right Senior Living Community for Aging Parents

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 7th, 2013

For caregivers it’s crunch time. You now realize it is time to hand over your caregiving role to the professionals; so how to you know which senior living community is right for your aging parents? This should be a straightforward process; all you need to do is match your parents’ needs with the community providing the requisite services, right? Yes, however, as this decision will affect all parties as you tread on new emotional and financial grounds, the more prepared you are, the more satisfied you’ll be that you’ve made the right decision.

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5 Tips for Caregivers: How to Reduce Stress for Your Aging Parents

By: Elizabeth Bemis
May 10th, 2013

As a caregiver and child of aging parents, one of the most difficult things you must do is confront the fact that at some point you will need to have “the talk” with your loved one about their future.  This is a challenging time for you and your parents as you both begin to acknowledge and discuss their diminishing abilities. Your parents are probably aware of their physical and cognitive changes and they may be anxious and reluctant to speak with you.  Here are five steps to help you make sense of the changes and work with your parents to plan for the future:

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Celebrate Earth Day - 3 Gardening Tips Seniors will Enjoy

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 22nd, 2013

  What can you do to make an impact this Earth Day, April 23 and beyond? Going green at your assisted or independent living home is a great start to saving the planet. This can mean investing in energy-saving fluorescent bulbs, growing a self-sustaining garden, or simply planting flowers outdoors. For seniors, the latter may hold a special appeal in several ways:

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Satisfaction Results of Residents and Families of UMH Communities

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 19th, 2013

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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10 Things You Should Have in Place for Your Aging Parents

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 12th, 2013

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.

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The Essential Guide to Touring a Senior Living Community [Free Offer]

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 3rd, 2013

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.

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Senior Living 26 Acts of Kindness

By: Elizabeth Bemis
February 25th, 2013

With so many tragedies happening in the world, it is important to take a step back and remember the good things people do. The tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to the creation of the “26 Acts of Kindness”. These acts were created to honor the twenty-six lives that were lost and to spread the importance of being kind to others.  The acts began with giving sweet notes of encouragement to strangers, giving cookies to first responders, and donating to “Toys for Tots”. The “26 Acts of Kindness” can be as simple as saying thank you, or purchasing someone’s coffee for them in the morning. By passing on kindness, the world is reminded of the good in people and not just the tragedy in our world.

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The Importance of Senior Caregiver Breaks

By: Elizabeth Bemis
February 4th, 2013

How many of you remember the old McDonald’s ad… “You deserve a break today”? Those caring for their elderly loved-ones need to take this advice to heart! Caregivers are the overlooked victim in any disease. Everyone relies on them for just about everything and to always know what to do. 

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Independent Living | Healthy Living Event Recipes

By: Elizabeth Bemis
February 2nd, 2013

Cooking is often an activity seniors love to do with their friends and loved ones. There is something about being in the kitchen that brings people together. As part of our healthy senior living initiative, we recently hosted an event, “Healthy Eating in the New Year” where we prepared and shared several recipes with one another. Below are the recipes which were enjoyed by all.

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