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Health Care Workers – Our COVID-19 Heroes

We are all aware that some jobs are riskier than others, and it’s expected that the people who take on these jobs know and understand the risks. But what if your job suddenly became more dangerous? That’s the situation millions of healthcare workers, providing medical care now face. Nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, EMTs, and many …

How Seniors at UMC are fighting Back Against COVID

The coronavirus pandemic is still very much part of our everyday lives, and since it affects older people with health conditions more severely, the safe thing to do is to self-isolate and take care of yourself at home. Keep your distance from others including your own family. This can be very difficult as many people …

A Devotion For Our Future

My Fellow United Methodist Communities Associates, I am angered by the tragic death of George Floyd and feel deep grief for his family and our nation. To those of you in the black community, there is no way I can know your pain and anger, but I know I can walk alongside you as we …

United Methodist Communities Announces Strategic Partnership with VirtuSense and Netsmart to Implement $909K “Game-Changer” Telehealth Grant

United Methodist Communities (UMC) announced strategic partnerships with tech providers VirtuSense and Netsmart to implement telehealth strategies to fight coronavirus. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently awarded UMC the $909,560 grant to fund a remote patient-monitoring platform and telehealth software licenses for its skilled nursing units. Components of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program include resident-based internet-connect …

Differences Between Normal Forgetfulness and Dementia

What is dementia? Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms that commonly include problems with memory, thinking, problem-solving, language, and perception. Dementia is not a disease in its own right, and it is not a natural part of aging; instead, dementia symptoms are caused by a variety of diseases that affect the brain, …

Avoiding Scams During COVID-19

As the world works to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, people are trying to find trustworthy information about the spread of the disease, how they can protect themselves, how they can get tested, and more. The spammers and scammers of the world, of course, are using the current situation to take advantage of people, including many …

United Methodist Communities Announces Staff Appointments

Michele E. Matthews Promoted to Executive Director and Sharon Schwarzkopf Appointed Healthcare Administrator United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Michele E. Matthews to executive director and the appointment of Sharon Schwarzkopf to healthcare administrator at their Pitman campus, effective May 15, 2020. Ms. Matthews, assisted living administrator at UMC at …

5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Now more than ever it is time to think about our health, and what we can do to boost and support a healthy immune system. When it comes to prevention, everyday defenses such as washing your hands often and avoiding sick people are great. Boosting your immune system, however, goes beyond that so that if …

5 Ways to Use Technology to Stay Connected While Social Distancing

While much of the country continues to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, we are fortunate to live in times when technology affords us incredible opportunities for staying connected to each other. Particularly for seniors, the challenges presented by increased social isolation, are good motivation for them to get up to speed on the …

3 Unlikely Ways to Catch COVID-19

As an assisted living community in Gloucester County, we know exactly how much everyone is being inundated with COVID-19 information , tips, and news. While it’s important to stay safe and sanitize, there are also some myths and exaggerations making the rounds that have made folks a bit panicky. It’s important to know what’s real and what …

How to be Social, During Social Distancing

Humans were created as social beings, we all need interaction with people to stay sane! While we know social isolation has a big impact on our well being, many folks have never experienced like this: where our isolation is compelled by forces beyond our control and is likely to continue for some time. The good news is that …

Why People Choose to Volunteer at Hospice 

It’s National Volunteer Week! There are so many critical organizations that simply wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful work of volunteers. And, our hospice in South Jersey is no exception. Here are five of the reasons why people choose to volunteer at a hospice, as well as some insights that may inspire you to join in this worthy cause. …

2 Important Tips for Maintaining Healthy Lungs as We Age

Enjoying your Golden Years to the full means taking great care of yourself, from eating a healthy diet and having regular check-ups with your health specialists to getting enough exercise. As we age, our lungs start weakening and becoming less flexible, which can quickly compromise health and daily life. Here are a couple of tips …

5 Ways to Make the Most of Our “Indoor Time”

By Laura Pucciarelli It’s natural for everyone to need some downtime, some time to relax and unwind. Whether we’re forced to stay inside due to a pandemic quarantine or for other reasons, the feeling of boredom is almost excruciating. There’s only so long we can sit and relax until that feeling of guilt sets in …

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How to Help Care for a Senior with Type 2 Diabetes

March is American Diabetes Alert Month and National Kidney Month. So, the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey, is sharing tips and advice for caregivers whose loved ones have type 2 diabetes and require long-term care . Type 2 Diabetes and Seniors A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is life-changing. Managing this condition means …

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Is Life Insurance a Good Idea for Seniors?

Life insurance is often spoken about as if it’s only for younger people. But, there are some good reasons to consider it later in life. Here’s some insight from our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ. We’re Living Longer Than Ever Before  Thanks to better nutrition, healthcare, and medical treatment, our lives are getting longer – which …

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Ground-Breaking Therapies in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most important of our time. While there is not yet a cure, increased focus on dementia-related illness has produced exciting new possibilities. These include both drug-based and cognitive-centered therapies that slow the progression of the disease. These groundbreaking therapies are key to not only improving the …

Lorraine Stone Appears as Harriet Tubman at Black History Month Celebration

United Methodist Communities at The Wesleyan hosts the annual event United Methodist Communities (UMC) at The Wesleyan celebrates Black History month annually — 2020 was no exception. Lorraine Stone reenacted the life of a remarkable cook, nurse, slave, political activist, suffragette, armed scout, liberator, abolitionist, spy, founder of a retirement home, and devout Methodist. That …