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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 …

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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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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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  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 …

  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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

United Methodist Communities (UMC) announced strategic partnerships with tech providers VirtuSense and Netsmart to implement telehealth strategies to fight coronavirus. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently awarded UMC the $909,560 grant to fund a remote patient-monitoring platform and telehealth software licenses for its skilled nursing units. Components of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program include resident-based internet-connect …

Michele E. Matthews Promoted to Executive Director and Sharon Schwarzkopf Appointed Healthcare Administrator United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Michele E. Matthews to executive director and the appointment of Sharon Schwarzkopf to healthcare administrator at their Pitman campus, effective May 15, 2020. Ms. Matthews, assisted living administrator at UMC at …

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, so the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey would like to share some facts about this health condition that can help save lives, especially in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  High blood pressure is a primary or contributing cause to almost 1,000 deaths …

By Danielle Kunkle Roberts If you’re like most of us, the global coronavirus pandemic has you feeling a little unsettled and concerned. Our daily routines are disrupted, we’re avoiding family, friends, and community social circles, and feel a frisson of fear every time we sneeze or cough. Even a simple thing like grocery shopping has …

As an assisted living community in Gloucester County, we know exactly how much everyone is being inundated with COVID-19 information , tips, and news. While it’s important to stay safe and sanitize, there are also some myths and exaggerations making the rounds that have made folks a bit panicky. It’s important to know what’s real and what …

By Lawrence D. Carlson, President & CEO, United Methodist Communities During COVID-19, we have seen videos of essential workers getting well-deserved praise for their lifesaving work. While I too applaud the doctors and hospital workers, other heroes on the frontlines also deserve our praise and attention. I urge you to express gratitude for the “unsung …

Enjoying your Golden Years to the full means taking great care of yourself, from eating a healthy diet and having regular check-ups with your health specialists to getting enough exercise. As we age, our lungs start weakening and becoming less flexible, which can quickly compromise health and daily life. Here are a couple of tips …

By Laura Pucciarelli It’s natural for everyone to need some downtime, some time to relax and unwind. Whether we’re forced to stay inside due to a pandemic quarantine or for other reasons, the feeling of boredom is almost excruciating. There’s only so long we can sit and relax until that feeling of guilt sets in …

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March is American Diabetes Alert Month and National Kidney Month. So, the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey, is sharing tips and advice for caregivers whose loved ones have type 2 diabetes and require long-term care . Type 2 Diabetes and Seniors A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is life-changing. Managing this condition means …

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Life insurance is often spoken about as if it’s only for younger people. But, there are some good reasons to consider it later in life. Here’s some insight from our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ. We’re Living Longer Than Ever Before  Thanks to better nutrition, healthcare, and medical treatment, our lives are getting longer – which …