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Is there a Genetic Link to Alzheimer’s Disease?

September is World Alzheimer’s Month , a campaign created to raise awareness and challenge the many stigmas that surround this disease. If someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s then you know how frustrating, difficult, and confusing the disease can be. And navigating the situation while continuing to support your loved one can be tough. Medical researchers …

How to Talk to Your Children About a Loved One with Terminal Illness

When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness it’s always difficult for the entire family, and it can be especially difficult for children who may not fully understand the gravity of the situation. While some people may be hesitant to explain a terminal diagnosis to a child, it’s important to recognize that children …

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Fair & Just Culture

My Dear UMC Family and Friends, United Methodist Communities strives to be a place where all people can work, live and find fulfillment. Our board, residents and associates engage together to enhance and shape this culture. Recent events about race in our country call for us to recommit to this culture and deepen our understanding …

What Will the Future of Senior Care Look Like?

With people living longer than ever before, it’s time to examine how we can help them make the most of these years. People previously thought the elderly should be institutionalized – similar to those with mental health challenges – as opposed to people who can age within their own homes. The Baby Boomer generation, however, …

Roberta Voloshin Promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Methodist Communities

United Methodist Communities is pleased to announce the promotion of Roberta Voloshin to vice president of marketing and communications. In this role, effective immediately, Ms. Voloshin drives overall brand awareness and leads all strategic and integrated marketing and communications functions. She previously served as the corporate director of marketing for 14 years.  In addition to …

The New Tax Laws and Older Americans

There has been a barrage of changing and conflicting information about taxes lately. The passage of the SECURE Act in late 2019 and the more recent CARES Act have created significant issues that impact tax and estate planning for Older Americans. Of course, everybody has a different perspective and should discuss their personal situation with …

Advice on Supporting Your Grieving Parent

For those of us with elderly parents, supporting them through the loss of a spouse, family member, and close friend is an inevitable part of life. Your parent has supported you, comforted you, and guided you throughout your life, but that doesn’t mean they’ll never need support from you, especially when they lose someone close …

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How to Help Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss

Maintaining muscle is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health as you age. Similar to bone density loss, muscle loss is often a natural part of aging, and can have a detrimental effect on posture, energy levels, mobility, and balance, to name a few.  The medical term for age-related …

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4 Things to Do When Aging Parents Won’t Listen

If you have aging parents then you know that conversations about their health and well-being can be a challenge. When was the last time you talked to your elderly parent about going to their doctor for a check up, or had to coax them into getting routine blood work done?  If you’re thinking that your …

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4 Tactics for Discussing the Benefits of Senior Living with Parents 

  If you have aging parents, then you know that conversations about their health and well-being may be a challenge. When was the last time you talked to your elderly parent about going to their doctor for a check-up, or had to coax them into getting routine blood work done? If you’re thinking that your …

3 Non-Medical Therapies That Support Seniors with Alzheimer’s 

  Not all therapies for memory related illness like Alzheimer’s involve administering medication. There are many non-medical Alzheimer’s therapies that can be done ㅡ they just require time and consistency. People with Alzheimer’s disease often benefit from doing the same set of actions or activities over and over, as repetition and regularity creates familiarity and …

What is a Patient Advocate and 4 Ways They Can Help You

For people in hospice care, having a patient advocate can ensure they receive the best care. A patient advocate is someone who helps guide your loved one through their end-of-life journey. This includes everything from attending doctors’ appointments, to talking with pharmacists, to going to specialist visits, and much more. Patient advocates are experts at …

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 …