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5 Americans Who Did Great Things After 65

There’s a popular saying that goes, “Youth is wasted on the young.” With age comes wisdom, experience, and the realization that you’re never too old to pursue new passions and interests. So if you feel like you’re letting your age hold you back, here are five inspiring Americans who did great things after they turned …

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5 Tech Innovations for Dementia Residents

For people who have been diagnosed with dementia, simple every-day tasks can quickly turn into challenges. Some of these tasks are a matter of health and safety, like remembering to turn the oven off, taking medications at the right time each day, and remembering where you live. Once someone is no longer able to rely …

United Methodist Communities Celebrates Black History Month

As a faith based, Christian organization, UMC takes special pride in recognizing both the historical, and the ongoing achievements of Black Americans. It was only in 1976 that President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized what had already become Black History Month in many cities and colleges, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to …

What You Need to Know About Medicare for 2021

By  Danielle Kunkle Roberts   Transitioning into Medicare can be an intimidating process. If you’re enrolling in Medicare in 2021, you need to know how it works, when to enroll, and details about your coverage, so you don’t make costly mistakes.  There are several parts to Medicare  If you’re not automatically enrolled at age 65, you’ll need to enroll in Part A and …

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Ways to Prepare for Long-Term Care Costs

While many of us envision living out our senior years comfortably in our homes, it’s important to have a plan B in case the need for assisted living or long-term nursing care arises. An assisted living community is a great option for seniors who require assistance with everyday tasks, have mobility issues, require medical monitoring, …

United Methodist Communities Promotes Joanne Gambino

United Methodist Communities (UMC) announces the promotion of Joanne M. Gambino to the position of corporate manager of associate services in the Home Office, effectively immediately. Ms. Gambino, who resides in Jackson, NJ, served as associate resource director at UMC at Francis Asbury from 2012 to 2017, a campus formerly owned by the organization. In …

Smart Home Technology: Understanding the Benefits for Seniors

Smart home technology has made life easier and more convenient for so many people over the last decade. Devices like voice-controlled thermostats and lights, voice-activated coffee machines, voice-controlled security systems, and customized daily reminders make your home as comfortable as possible. For seniors who live alone or in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), smart …

Your Guide to Glaucoma – Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment

January is nationally known as Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain. Sometimes, fluid builds up in the front part of the eye and increases pressure in the eye, causing damage to the optic nerve. If the damage continues to build up, it …

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late to Talk About Hospice

There are many topics we find extremely difficult to discuss, and hospice care is definitely one of them. We don’t often sit around with family and friends discussing what should happen if we ever require hospice care, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a plan in place. Unfortunately, terminal illnesses can strike anyone at …

Forgetfulness or Dementia?

We all forget things sometimes. It’s why we have reminders on our phones, why we keep post-it notes around the house, and why so many of us use a planner on a daily basis. You may have noticed that as you get older you tend to forget things more frequently. This is a completely normal …

How Older Adults Can Manage Chronic Pain

Did you know that nearly 20 million people in the United States are living with chronic pain? Those who suffer from it know that pain levels vary from mild to severe. When you’re experiencing a flare up, it can make simple everyday tasks difficult. Chronic pain can be especially hard for seniors who may already be experiencing limited mobility, or who live …

6 Life Saving Medication Management Tips

Many older adults who live on their own take one or several medications daily. With numerous pill bottles, capsules and tablets that can appear nearly identical, medication management is an everyday essential for seniors. Taking the wrong combination or dosage of certain medications can have harmful side effects. In order to avoid a potentially dangerous …

5 Ways Older Adults Can Avoid Fall Hazards

Falls can be extremely dangerous for older adults, especially if they live alone, have existing injuries or limited mobility. While falls can happen anywhere, there are precautions you can take with your loved ones to ensure their homes and other surrounding areas are as safe as possible. It’s important to understand that some older adults …

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Severe Weather Tips for Seniors

Those of us who have experienced severe weather know how stressful and disorienting it can be, especially for seniors who live alone and may have limited mobility or cognitive conditions. In order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and well-prepared in the event of severe weather, we recommend taking the following precautions for …

Linda Hill Appointed Vice President of Philanthropy at United Methodist Communities

United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Linda Hill as vice president of philanthropy, effective November 30, 2020. Ms. Hill has over 15 years of philanthropy leadership experience, predominantly in the healthcare sector. She joins UMC after five years as executive director of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, which is …

David S. Rayha Appointed Vice President of Operations at United Methodist Communities

United Methodist Communities (UMC), a New Jersey based senior living and care organization, is pleased to announce the hiring of David S. Rayha as vice president of operations. Effective November 16, 2020, he will have strategic oversight and management of UMC’s four full-service communities. Mr. Rayha brings over 34 years’ experience in management and senior …

Cindy Jacques Named to Board of LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware

United Methodist Communities (UMC), a New Jersey based senior living and care organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cindy Jacques, vice president of housing and community initiatives, to a three-year term on the board of LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware. LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware is the statewide association of not-for-profit senior care …

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Christmas Gift Ideas: 4 Fitness and GPS Trackers for Seniors

With Christmas a little more than a month away, you’re undoubtedly busy handling a long to-do list and trying to find the perfect gifts for the seniors in your life. But where do you start? Fitness and GPS trackers make wonderful gifts for older adults, especially those with dementia. Sometimes, seniors who have certain cognitive …