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Lifestyle is a Leading Differentiator Among CCRCs

The senior living industry is thriving in the US, ensuring seniors’ access to a huge variety of services and lifestyle choices through many providers. These days, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) go above and beyond, offering far more than standard care to create real value and quality of life. Here are some insights from the …

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Spring Break from Five Second Graders’ Perspectives

United Methodist Communities at Pitman has been partnering with Wenonah Elementary School on Best Day of My Life So Far. The nonprofit’s mission is to reduce older adult isolation and promote intergenerational engagement through storytelling. Pitman’s residents and one of the school’s second grade classes have been exchanging and sharing poems and stories for three …

4 Warning Signs that a Senior Needs Help

When an elderly loved one needs help coping at home, the signs aren’t always easy to see. Often, family members and friends don’t notice a physical or mental health decline because it is gradual or perhaps they live further away and can’t check in often enough to evaluate the situation properly. The key here is …

Don’t Wait Too Long for Hospice Care

Hospice services are a valuable resource for people of all ages, but especially the elderly and their loved ones, providing comfort, care and support through the final stages of life. Despite the value of this service, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that very few elderly people who …

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The Dangers of Black Boxed Prescription Drugs

Even though it’s not a popular topic of discussion, it’s likely that you or someone you know has taken a “black boxed” prescription drug. If that phrase sounds ominous, it should — it refers to a warning in a black box on prescription drug labels that’s reserved for drugs most dangerous to consumers. In this …

4 Ways to Transform Your Assisted Living Apartment into a Home

Moving from a house you or your loved one has known for many years into an assisted living community is a big change. Many people worry that they aren’t going to be comfortable or fit in. One of the best ways to ease this transition is to take the blank canvas of the new apartment …

Awareness Saves Lives – Colorectal Cancer Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so the team from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey is sharing some important information to help spread awareness about this serious disease and save lives. Here is a quick guide to the signs, symptoms and treatment of colorectal cancer. Causes and Risk Factors  Several factors can increase …

The Role of Hospice Care for Loved One’s with Dementia

Alzheimer’s and dementia conditions can bring physical and emotional battles for patients and their loved ones, and in its end stages, requires specialist care. Look for hospice services that have experience with individuals with dementia, as they provide this care with expertise and compassion, focusing on relieving pain, controlling symptoms and maintaining a good quality …

5 Common Balance Disorders That Can Lead to Falls

Falls present one of the biggest threats to senior health and wellness, and are a leading cause of injury and death in American seniors. Therefore, fall prevention is a priority for families with elderly loved ones, as well as the senior healthcare industry. Balance disorders can make falls far more likely, resulting in trips to …

Don’t Miss Out on These 7 Essential Health Screenings

Early diagnosis of health conditions is essential for fast and effective treatment, especially when you’re in your senior years. Comprehensive medical check-ups can help keep you fit, healthy and enjoying life to the fullest! Here are the most important screenings for seniors, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey: Blood pressure and cholesterol. Your …

A Guide to Medicare Hospice Coverage and Programs

Hospice is a service offered to preserve a patient’s quality of life in the end stage of life or during a terminal illness. It also addresses the patient’s spiritual, emotional, medical and physical needs. This important service provides care and comfort to both patients and their loved ones, and under certain requirements, can be covered …

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Associate Close-Up: Richard Schleeter, Executive Chef

We recently sat down with the Executive Chef at Pitman to learn more about him and his passion for food and senior care and services. These are his words:   1Q: What is your name and job title? 1A: I’m Rich Schleeter, executive chef of United Methodist Communities at Pitman.   2Q: Where did you grow …

Assisted Living vs. Memory Care – What’s the Difference?

When looking at care options for your senior loved one, you’ll come across many different services and options, including assisted living and memory care . Here’s some insight into what these are all about, from our team in Gloucester County, NJ. What is assisted living?  This type of residential community often consists of apartments and communal buildings/spaces …

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Associate Close-Up: Michael Paris, Executive Chef

We recently sat down with the Executive Chef at Collingswood to learn more about him and his passion for food and senior care and services. These are his words:   1Q: What is your name and job title? 1A: I’m Michael Paris the Executive Chef at Collingswood.*   2Q: Where did you grow up and where …

5 Surprising Facts About Assisted Living

If you’re starting to search for an assisted living community, it can be a surprise to find out that they are very different from what you originally thought! Here are 5 facts about today’s assisted living: They’re all unique. A huge range of assisted living communities cater to different tastes, locations and budgets, all with …

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Six Skills Seniors Can Learn Online

The internet is a wonderful tool that is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, race, age, etc. While the internet is often considered something only used by tech-savvy youngsters, there’s no reason why older individuals cannot enjoy the same benefits. The reality is that anything you’ve ever wanted to try can be learned …

Hospice Care Increases Comfort and Reduces Hospitalizations

When a loved one has reached the end stages of terminal cancer, hospitalization often becomes an increasingly frequent experience. This has a significant impact on care costs as well as on the patient’s quality of life. Interestingly, recent studies have shown that palliative care options, like hospice, can significantly reduce the rate of hospitalizations and …