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Reasons to look forward to assisted living

Why You Should Look Forward to Retirement Living

When you hear the phrase “assisted living,” what comes to mind? For families with loved ones who can no longer safely live alone, or for older adults who have certain medical needs, assisted living communities can be a wonderful option. Unfortunately, some people still have very outdated notions of senior living communities. They picture strict …

United Methodist Communities Recognized in 2021 National Mature Media Awards Program

United Methodist Communities (UMC), a New Jersey based senior living provider, was a winner in the 30th annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and promotional programs designed and produced for an …

5 Movies About Dementia You Don’t Want to Miss

In the past, movies and television shows have been criticized for portraying dementia in unrealistic and unrelatable ways, often buying into cliches and stereotypes. However, in more recent years, filmmakers have been treating dementia with the care and consideration it deserves, and we’ve seen a variety of movies about dementia that are much more realistic.  …

How to Comfort Those in Hospice

Moving a loved one into hospice care is never an easy process. Families often feel overwhelmed by a range of emotions as they try to offer help and support in a situation they have little to no experience with. People may also be overly-worried about saying the “wrong” thing to their loved one, despite their intentions being …

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Examining Quality of Life in an Assisted Living Community

Assisted living communities provide around-the-clock care for older adults who have certain health or mobility needs. When your loved one needs support with independence or when they require more assistance than you are able to provide, an assisted living community may be the best choice. If you’ve started researching assisted living, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that …

The Types of Dementia Explained

If someone you loved has been diagnosed with dementia, you may be starting to think about memory care neighborhoods. Although dementia can start off slowly, it often progresses into something more serious. People with dementia struggle to live alone as their condition develops. Professional memory care neighborhoods are equipped with the necessary safety measures to …

What are The Levels of Care in Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities offer many different levels of care and these communities can be as diverse as the residents who live there. If you’ve ever visited an assisted living community then you’ve probably seen that residents may be grouped based on the level of care they need. This allows associates on-site to be able to provide necessary medical …

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How Does Assisted Living Compare to Long-Term Care?

Are you considering assisted living or long-term care for an older loved one? You may be wondering what the differences are, and which option is the best for your circumstances. Both assisted living and long term care share a common goal: to ensure senior residents live as safely and as comfortably as possible.  Many senior living communities provide both …

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Celebrating Nurses on National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day is May 6, and at our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Sussex County, we think it’s so important to honor nurses as the everyday heroes they are. When we reflect on the past year, it’s impossible to ignore the impact that COVID-19 had on all of our lives. From the earliest …

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Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in Older Adults

As we age, it can be difficult to distinguish normal forgetfulness from something more serious, like Alzheimer’s Disease. Our South Jersey memory care team is here to share some of the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s in older adults, which can hopefully help you determine if your loved one needs a more professional level of …

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Knowing the Stages of Alzheimer’s

Early diagnosis is key to implementing the best methods available to temporarily halt or slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. If someone you love has been diagnosed with this condition, you may not know what to expect as it progresses.  Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, understanding each stage can help you work with …

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Spring Activities for Seniors

At United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, our assisted living community in Camden County NJ , we’re so excited that spring has sprung! Bluer skies, warmer temperatures, and blooming flowers mean that we can resume some of our favorite outdoor activities now that winter has passed.  It’s no secret that being outside in the fresh air and engaging in daily activity, even if …

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Virtual Health Opportunities in 2021

When you hear the phrase “telehealth services” you might think of routine check-ups and initial consultations online. However, thanks to the amended practice standards in New Jersey, telehealth services now include a diverse range of medical practitioners. Medical practitioners including audiologists, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers are now able to see more patients, …

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Classic Easter Traditions for Seniors to Take Part in

With Easter just around the corner, we’re all enjoying the warmer temperatures, the crisp spring air, the blooming flowers, and the feeling of renewal that accompanies this time of year.  Like many of us, your family probably ranges from younger kids to older adults, and you’re interested in Easter traditions that everyone can enjoy. So, …

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Indoor Gardening for Seniors: How to Get Started

Are you interested in indoor gardening, but don’t have any idea where to start or what to do? For seniors in assisted living, outdoor gardening isn’t always an option due to space limitations or weather constraints. Starting a small indoor garden is a great first step to enjoy this fun, new hobby in assisted living. …

Seniors with Undernutrition

How to Spot Seniors with Undernutrition

It’s natural to experience a decrease in appetite as we age, but it’s very important that older adults eat a balanced diet and receive adequate nutrients every day. Certain medical conditions, medications and mobility issues can also interfere with seniors’ appetites. It’s essential to be able to recognize the signs of undernutrition, especially if your …