Community Corner

Why Friends Are Important

The need for friends is instinctual. Our survival once depended on having close friends to comfort and help us. They helped us hunt and find food, build shelter, and keep our families safe. They also offered companionship. Good friends add a special meaning to life. They help you share the good times and overcome the …

Six Simple and Effective Health Tips for Seniors

Staying healthy isn’t just about living longer, it’s about living better too. Keeping active as we age is directly linked to maintaining our quality of life as well as fighting mental and physical conditions. Unfortunately, it can become more and more of a challenge as we get older. Here are some great tips from United …

Prayer Pals Prosper from Intern’s Initiative

Making sure residents are engaged in activities of their choice is always the main objective of the Memory Support Residence (MSR) at Bristol Glen. With 15 residents who have one of three levels of dementia – high, medium and low – Marie Manzi, the director of memory support and residential social worker declares, “The Life …

How Assisted Living Enhances Your Quality of Life

Quality of life is one of the leading concerns for seniors and their families when looking into assisted living facilities . When your health needs are changing and your day-to-day tasks are becoming more challenging, you’ll likely start to look at these communities – but what can they really offer you? Independence: The ability to live your life …

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Caregiving Tips from the Pros: 8 Words of Advice

1. Take a break without feeling guilty. Maggie, a Home Instead caregiver, says, “The one thing I would advise a family caregiver is to allow themselves respite time, at least a couple times each month, without feeling guilty. A refreshed caregiver is a much better provider of care when they themselves have taken a much …

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A Sacred Trust

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did it for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) We honor memory impaired residents’ dignity by offering options that free them to feel cared for, happy and secure, when they can no longer manage the activities of daily living. We hold this ministry as a sacred trust, …

Physical Awareness and Healthy Aging at UMH

4 Things to Consider When Researching Continuing Care Retirement Communities in NJ

Finding the right Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) or independent living community for your elderly loved one or yourself can seem overwhelming. Understandably the process involves extensive research and knowing the right questions to ask. Many people looking for senior living options just aren’t exactly sure where to start – which is why we’ve developed this list of considerations to help you in your …

What Are the Living Arrangement Options for Independent Living at Bristol Glen?

One of the most frequently asked questions at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen is about the home features and options our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers. Here will discuss two residences under our banner, Metcalf Woods, an independent living community  and the Tice Pavilion, an assisted living community, which are designed to suit different needs. Both of these communities consist of apartments …

A Love for Carpentry

Bristol Glen resident, Cornelius (Neal) Faber, is a man whose love of carpentry never fades.  Although long retired, that hasn’t stopped him from keeping his hands busy sanding, cutting, refinishing and woodworking worn tables, chairs and benches into revitalized pieces of beautiful furniture. Neal and his wife of 71 years, Norma, have settled in quite …

Charitable, Sacrificial and Supportive

One hundred and eleven years of ministry and thriving communities have required much. It has taken generous donors, dedicated volunteers, spirited residents and their families, professional vendors and partners, talented associates, faithful churches, reliable community partners, caring organizations, businesses, and individuals. Among the dedicated volunteers of all our auxiliaries, which from our founding, have sacrificially …

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Living Mission Our Own Way

As Methodists, we have always done things our own way. At a time when most Christians saw God as a distant, all-controlling judge, John Wesley, our founder, believed in grace, free will and in faith embracing both belief and service. Proclaiming a God of love and invoking compassionate service, individual choice, and personal responsibility, Wesley …