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7 Essentials to Pack for Hospice Care

Moving into hospice care in jersey shore can be a challenging time for patients and their families, but knowing what to bring can help make this transition easier. Here’s a basic guide from the team at our hospice in South Jersey. All current medication. This includes medicines, treatment creams, medical inhalers, eye drops, and any medical equipment, including a walker, …

Donating Blood – How Your Generosity Saves Lives

Ever wanted to be a hero and save a life? Well, you can! June 14th is World Blood Donor Day and almost anyone can participate in this essential and life-giving service. Here’s some motivational information on how you can participate, from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ. Why Donate Blood?  Blood is needed in many medical …

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Tapestries Memory Support Residence Opened at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. — A global aging population is one of the most far-reaching developments in the 21st century, bringing both challenges and opportunities. While someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds, approximately 5.7 million Americans of all ages currently have the disease. With a senior-focused mission, United Methodist Communities opened Tapestries, its fourth Memory Support Residence …

5 Options for Summertime Fun with Seniors

Here are some ideas from the team at our CCRC in Sussex County New Jersey for spending quality time with your loved ones this summer: Pack a picnic lunch and dine at the local park. When the weather is great, there’s nothing like gathering the family together for a picnic in one of the beautiful local and state parks! Memory Park …

Parkinson’s Disease – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition of the nervous system affecting 10 million people around the world. With 60,000 Americans — most of whom are seniors — diagnosed with this disease each year, it’s important to know how to recognize the symptoms to ensure quality treatment as soon as possible. Here is a quick guide …

Leave the Old Age Home Stereotype Behind

If you grew up in the 70s, your perception of senior living is probably tainted with ideas of very old, fragile men and women with serious end-of-life issues. A tour through many of that period’s facilities may have done little to dispel your image of these “homes” as places to be avoided at all costs. But like …

A Guide to Terminal Restlessness Among Hospice Patients

As much as dying is a fact of life most people prefer to avoid thinking about this topic. While understandable, it does mean that many of us are unprepared when facing the dying process, which makes the passing of a loved one even more difficult. One common part of this process is known as terminal …

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Private Duty Homecare Through the Veterans Administration

By Deborah Walsh Have you considered private-duty home care for your elderly family member? Maybe you’ve been looking after your father or grandfather for some time. He has been living alone and experiencing difficulty with his mobility, strength and balance, or some health issue. As a family caregiver, you feel overwhelmed and keep wondering if …

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 …

How is Dementia Diagnosed?

Dementia is a term used to describe a wide range of conditions that cause mental decline affecting someone’s ability to cope with daily life. While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common dementia disorder, dementia in total, affects more than 5.5 million Americans, many of them seniors. Here are some insights into how dementia is diagnosed, …

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 …

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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 …