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Memory care

Early diagnosis is key to implementing the best methods available to temporarily halt or slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. If someone you love has been diagnosed with this condition, you may not know what to expect as it progresses.  Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, understanding each stage can help you work with …

Assisted living community

At United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, our assisted living community in Camden County NJ , we’re so excited that spring has sprung! Bluer skies, warmer temperatures, and blooming flowers mean that we can resume some of our favorite outdoor activities now that winter has passed.  It’s no secret that being outside in the fresh air and engaging in daily activity, even if …

Virtual healthcare

When you hear the phrase “telehealth services” you might think of routine check-ups and initial consultations online. However, thanks to the amended practice standards in New Jersey, telehealth services now include a diverse range of medical practitioners. Medical practitioners including audiologists, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers are now able to see more patients, …

Easter activities at our assisted living community

With Easter just around the corner, we’re all enjoying the warmer temperatures, the crisp spring air, the blooming flowers, and the feeling of renewal that accompanies this time of year.  Like many of us, your family probably ranges from younger kids to older adults, and you’re interested in Easter traditions that everyone can enjoy. So, …

Grandma Moses

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 …

tech innovation seniors

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 …

As I write this letter, I have now received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I can confidently share that the biggest, most noticeable side effect I have experienced is HOPE. Hope for a future where COVID-19 isn’t running our lives. To date, 1,025 UMC residents and associates have been vaccinated! This number continues …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Two vaccine candidates are being reviewed by the FDA for emergency authorization. If all goes smoothly, priority populations could start being inoculated before the end of the year. Health experts say there is one thing that’s critical for people to understand before they roll up their sleeves for the shots: While no major safety concerns …

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 …

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 …

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 …