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Senior Living Blog

Happily Ever Aging
...a UMH Senior Living Blog

Everything you need to know about caring for your loved one - at home or at a senior living community.

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A Legacy of Service

By: Marissa Salvesen
February 24th, 2016

Meet Bob Furuno, an Army veteran, longtime social worker, and resident at one of our award-winning UMH communities, Middlewoods of Farmington.

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A Moving Experience

By: Marissa Salvesen
December 3rd, 2015

When thinking about senior living options, many older adults and their families want to know firsthand what it was like to move. Beyond the move, they also want to know what life is like as a resident of that community and what the experience is like for family members. Questions like the following often ensue. Was the transition difficult?

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 16th, 2015

Meet Cliff Davis, a New York native and World War II veteran who worked for IBM for over 40 years! Along with raising his three children with his wife, Hilda, he enjoys fishing, gardening, and the great outdoors. These days, he is a familiar face in the “Belles and Beaus” bell choir, well- known for his entertaining antics in-between songs. He can also be found sharing his wartime experience with local students, especially around Veterans Day.

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Growing Old and Giving Back

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 20th, 2015

Meet Jeannette Dermody! Jeannette has lived at one of our most award-winning UMH communities for over five years. Before moving to Crosby Commons Assisted and Independent Living Community, Jeannette worked as a school crossing guard for over 35 years. She remained active in her local community, serving others and connecting with younger generations – both of which she continues to do now even at 99 years old!

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Strings, Symphonies, and Lessons on Life

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 29th, 2015

Meet Miriam Giannone, a violinist and music teacher who spent over 20 years teaching in public schools and playing in local symphonies. From her childhood living on the Pacific Coast, to her travels to the Great Wall of China, Miriam admits that the best part of aging is looking back at the wonderful memories and experiences she has had throughout her life. And though she may have “slowed down a bit,” her life remains as full as ever!

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An Artful Life

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 3rd, 2015

Meet Helen Musante! A mom of six children and a passionate painter, Helen’s life experiences include treasured time with family, travels around the world, and plenty of art shows and gallery exhibits along the way…. Helen has lived at one of our most award-winning UMH communities for the past two years, although for most of her life, she never really lived far from the place she now calls home. Helen loves the maintenance-free lifestyle at Crosby Commons Assisted and Independent Living Community and enjoys walking the beautiful 40 acre Wesley Village campus during the day; always encouraging someone to walk with her. Born in New Jersey, Helen grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she met her husband Fred. She and Fred were married when she was twenty-five years old and she lived almost her entire married life in Trumbull and Shelton, Connecticut.

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From Roller Skates to Hand Bells

By: Marissa Salvesen
August 18th, 2015

Meet Rose Abruzzo, a friendly and welcoming resident of one of our award-winning UMH communities, Middlewoods of Farmington! Speaking with Rose is like taking a historical tour of Hartford from the late 1930's through the 1940's. Rose was born into an Italian immigrant family on February 9, 1934 in Hartford, Connecticut's North End.

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101 Years and Counting….

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 30th, 2015

Meet Anna May Finnucan! Anna May was born in Ansonia, Connecticut and was the oldest of seven siblings (two sisters and five brothers). 

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“You Have a Good Thing Going!”

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 21st, 2015

Elizabeth “Betty” Krivoshik is a resident at our Wesley Heights community, located on the Wesley Village Campus in Shelton, CT. New to the neighborhood, Betty moved in to our Lifestyle Transitions wing at Wesley Heights just three weeks ago, but has already made herself right at home! She has enjoyed meeting her new neighbors, who are all “very friendly,” and is grateful for the variety of activities offered at the community.

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"Hello Dolly!"

By: Marissa Salvesen
July 7th, 2015

Meet Dolly Woerner, a wife, mother, and lifelong nurse who taught nursing students for over thirty years. Dolly loves spending time reading, volunteering, and enjoying her family and continues to live an active, vibrant life in one of our UMH communities. Read more…

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Meet John Balogh!

By: Marissa Salvesen
May 28th, 2015

Meet John Balogh, a resident of our Crosby Commons Assisted and Independent Living Community. John is very well known around the community and has lived at Crosby for almost three years now.

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