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Seniors and Technology – Staying in Touch and Avoiding Scams

Technology is an increasingly significant part of our lives. Not just for the Millennials — seniors are increasingly adopting technology too. In fact, around 4 in 10 seniors own and use smartphones, one-third use tablets, and 67% regularly go online. Here are great uses for technology, as well as tips on how to stay safe …

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Associate Close-Up: Pam Walker

We recently sat down with the RN Care Coordinator at The Shores to learn more about her life and the passion she has for senior care and services . These are her words:   Q: What is your name and position? A: I’m Pam Walker, the Registered Nurse Care Coordinator at The Shores.   Q: What do …

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Message from Afghanistan Results in Joyful Giving Moment

On September 4, United Methodist Communities’ Home Office received a message from Deputy Commander Major Rick Moreno, USMC, stationed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. “We received your care package for Mark Kistler here at the Special Mission Wing, Special Operations Advisory Group. It arrived at a perfect time and all the items …

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Associate Close-Up: Michele Musto

We recently sat down with the Volunteer Services Coordinator at The Shores to learn more about her life and the passion she has for senior care and services. These are her words:   Q: What is your name and position? A: My name is Michele Musto and I’m the Volunteer Services Coordinator at The Shores.   …

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What Families and Loved Ones Want from Hospice Care

Death, or the approach of death, is understandably difficult to deal with. Terminal patients, as well as their families and loved ones, often find it hard to address, feeling overwhelmed, confused and a loss of control. This is when hospice comes in and lends a guiding hand in understanding what is coming, preparing for death …

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Associate Close-Up: Ryan Champion

We recently sat down with the Sales Director at The Shores to learn more about him and his passion for senior care and services . These are his words:   Q: What is your name and position? A: I’m Ryan Champion, Sales Director at The Shores   Q: What do you like best about working for United …

Your Guide to ADLs and Assisted Living

Learning about the services assisted living communities provide and how they improve your or a loved one’s life before making the move is a prudent investment of time. You will encounter the term ADLs or activities of daily living. What are the activities of daily living? Eating. Preparing and feeding meals. Transferring. Assistance with movement and mobility, like …

The Best Tips for Healthy Aging

Although it sometimes feels like it, getting old isn’t all about dealing with different health issues – it’s about enjoying your life. Here are the best tips from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey on how to stay in the best shape: It’s never too late to get healthy. Whether you’re a smoker, never participated in a sport or hate …

Medication Safety Tips for Seniors

Medication can be a lifesaver as we grow older and may have to deal with more health problems, but only correctly taken as prescribed by a physician. When multiple medications are in use, it’s easy to get distracted and forget to take one or forget you’ve taken one already and accidentally double dose — and …

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The Importance of DNRs and Advance Directives

While planning for medical emergencies and health problems is important at any age, this becomes essential as we get older. It isn’t pleasant to think about Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate orders, but the important thing to remember it that it is about ensuring that your wishes are respected in the event that you …

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CMS Awards Five-Stars to United Methodist Communities

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded Five-Stars in overall quality to all four of United Methodist Communities’ full-service campuses. These include United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen (Newton), Collingswood, Pitman and The Shores (Ocean City). The CMS also gives separate ratings for health inspections, staffing and quality measures (QMs). What guidance can …

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The Remarkable Long-evity of Zelda Long Fischer

The oldest resident at United Methodist Communities at Pitman, Zelda Long Fischer, celebrated her 107th birthday with family members this month. She is also the oldest resident among United Methodist Communities’ nine campuses. Consider a few of the major events of her birth year, 1910: Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet George V became King of the …

Fascinating Facts About Aging

Consistent with a rapidly aging population, research about what happens and what we can do about it continues to increase each year. In contrast to  negative perceptions, recent findings have unearthed some very interesting facts about aging that may change the way we think about this process: We get happier as we age. Several recent …

When Is the Right Time for Family Caregivers to Consider Hospice Care?

Being a caregiver to a family member or friend is a choice that many people make because it helps avoid costly care and allows you to spend precious time with a loved one. However, many caregivers find this challenging role can become overwhelming in later stages of care and when illnesses become terminal. At this …

Join the Fight Against Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a serious disease that causes bones to become brittle and weak, making people vulnerable to serious bone breaks and damage from minor falls, bumps and everyday impact that do not affect healthy skeletons. Unfortunately, no cure exists for this condition, which affects around 54 million Americans and up to one in every two …

Helpful Communication Strategies for Dementia

Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions progressively diminish mental capacity as they worsen, including a patient’s ability to communicate with and understand the people around them. Here are some insights from our assisted living community in Gloucester County , NJ on developing an effective way to communicate with your loved one. Common communication problems for dementia patients:  Struggling to find the right …