<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1868822093367484&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

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.

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living | assisted living ct | healthy aging | the journey of aging | assited living tn | live to be 120 | Aging & Caregiving

Healthy Aging at United Methodist Homes: Live to be 120!

By: Jim Stinson
August 9th, 2013

“May You Live to Be 120!” Written by Guest Blogger, Jim Stinson, Director of Spiritual Life (United Methodist Homes) “May you live to be 120!” This traditional Jewish birthday blessing comes from the book of Genesis (6:3).  The Lord said, ‘My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’  There was a time when this wish was at best a metaphor and, at worst, trite and meaningless. The likelihood of living that long is still not reality for most of us, but it is increasingly more within the realm of possibility. We now have centenarians as an ever-growing segment of our population. Is this a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Would you want to live that long?

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

cataract awareness month | united methodist homes | assisted living | assisted living ct | senior health tips | journey of aging | 60-day stay trial | assisted living tn | Aging & Caregiving

Vision Care for Seniors: Symptoms, Risks and Treatments for Cataracts

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 7th, 2013

Did you know that individuals over the age of 65 who remove cataracts from their eyes, significantly lower their risk of needing hip replacement surgery? Vision loss is a well-known risk factor for falls and fractures—and while August is Cataract Awareness Month, let’s take a look at the symptoms, risks factors and treatments for cataracts in seniors.

Read More

Share

Your Guide to Senior Care Options

Not sure what senior living and care solution is best for your loved one? Start making sense of your options.

Get the award-winning guide and subscribe to our blog.

Blog Feature

senior fraud awareness | fraud awareness week | united methodist homes | assisted living | assisted living ct | assisted living tn | Aging & Caregiving

Protecting Seniors from Fraud: Fraud Awareness Week 2013

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 5th, 2013

In today’s world of modern technology, seniors can unfortunately become the victims of many damaging scams. Equipping seniors with the tools they need to protect themselves against scams and shady dealers can help them become savvy consumers and shine a spotlight on fraud. National Fraud Awareness Week was introduced in the United States twelve years ago with the goal of proactively preventing and detecting fraud. This important observance will fall this week, from August 4-10, 2013 , and includes an education campaign against scammers who prey on individuals and communities, particularly senior residents who are an increasingly vulnerable group. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living | assisted living ct | senior living ct | the journey of aging | national parents' day | Aging & Caregiving

Celebrating National Parents’ Day in Senior Living Communities

By: Elizabeth Bemis
July 29th, 2013

What is National Parents’ Day? Many Americans are still unaware of this commemorative day, signed into law in 1994. Compared with the century’s old Mother’s Day or Father’s Day fanfare, Parents’ Day is but a ”baby” yet its establishment was meant to hold a similar stature of recognition, maybe even more so as it joins the two into a family unit.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living | assisted living ct | bishop wicke shelton ct | skilled nursing | short term rehab | Aging & Caregiving

Discharge Planning Checklist: Short Term Rehab

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 21st, 2013

      Your mom or dad is about to be discharged from the hospital or short term rehab, but you just don’t feel they are ready to be home, managing on their own. That’s when a discharge planning checklist becomes necessary. The checklist is your guide to getting questions answered from the medical team that will promote the highest level of after-care outcome for your mom or dad.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living | assisted living ct | senior living ct | bishop wicke shelton ct | assisted living pricing | Aging & Caregiving

Price vs. Value for Assisted Living

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 19th, 2013

How do you know if you are getting a good value for the price?  It is not always easy to figure out, especially when it comes to choosing an assisted living community.  When you go grocery shopping you can compare apples to apples but even when you compare assisted living communities by similar amenities and price, it is sometimes as clear as mud.  How do you make the right decision?  Seniors and caregivers have their life savings and financial security at risk.  The first thing you must do is determine if you have enough to live comfortably at the community for at least three years.  Keep in mind that the average length of stay for a resident is two and a half years so you will want to make sure that you can afford the lifestyle.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living | assisted living ct | senior living ct | bishop wicke shelton ct | Aging & Caregiving

How Father’s Day is Celebrated in Assisted Living Communities

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 16th, 2013

  Father’s Day is observed every year on the third Sunday in June. How you choose to celebrate your father’s influence on your life may be based on family traditions and culture. This year, financial planners predict an estimated $13.3 billion will be spent in tribute to dads in the USA; no doubt you’ll find a personalized way to show respect and love-- and for caregivers with aging fathers—that may involve taking a trip over to an assisted living community, perhaps with a carload of family members from various generations to pay tribute.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living | senior living | assisted living ct | independent living ct | independent living tn | aging parents | the journey of aging | Aging & Caregiving

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.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living communities | assisted living facility | assisted living | assisted living in ct | assisted living shelton ct | assisted living farmington ct | assisted living newington ct | assisted living community | Health Tips for Senior Citizens | assisted living in TN | assisted living memphis TN | When to Move to Assisted Living | Aging & Caregiving

When is the Right Time to Move into Assisted Living?

By: Elizabeth Bemis
May 1st, 2013

Knowing when is the right time to move your loved one into assisted living is not easy. You may have seen warning signs that put you on edge, such as out-of-character behaviors and various odd incidents at home which planted the seed of alternative care in your head.  The fact that you are having this mental conflict in the first place is a sign in itself to start the conversation with your loved ones.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living communities | assisted living facility | assisted living | assisted living in ct | assisted living shelton ct | assisted living farmington ct | assisted living newington ct | 60-day stay trial | Aging & Caregiving

How Assisted Living Gives Seniors More Freedom

By: Elizabeth Bemis
April 29th, 2013

Assisted Living, Personal Care Homes or Board and Care Homes are different ways of saying: “don’t worry seniors, we’ll support your independence and offer assistance with your daily needs.” In an assisted living environment, routine activities that once took over an hour to accomplish, such as bathing, dressing or grooming, now take a fraction of the time because of the care and personalized attention residents receive. This means more time to pursue other interests like participating in a book club, becoming involved in community outreach, wellness and volunteer programs, just to name a few!

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

united methodist homes | assisted living | independent living | Aging & Caregiving

7 Terrible Pieces of Advice When Caring for Elderly Parents

By: Elizabeth Bemis
March 25th, 2013

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.

Read More

Share