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What Senior Women Need to Know about Breast Cancer

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the team at our senior living community in Camden County, New Jersey is raising awareness about breast cancer and how breast health can be maintained as we get older.

Breast Cancer Risks in Older Women

Research has shown that breast cancer is the second most common cause of death in all women, with higher risks and a lower survival rate for older women — particularly between the ages of 65 and 80. In fact, around half of all women diagnosed in this age group die of this disease, often because they are more likely to contract the more aggressive forms of this cancer.

Along with a family history of breast cancer, exposure to estrogen throughout your lifespan (when your menstrual periods began and ended, number and timing of pregnancies, and hormone replacement therapy), alcohol usage and exposure to radiation therapies, as well as aging itself, are all risk factors.

How Can Older Women Effectively Manage Their Breast Health?

As with many other health conditions, you play a vital role in your own health and fighting against these diseases. For older women, it is recommended that you:

  1. Have all three types of breast exams conducted on a regular basis. This means doing a self-exam each week to look for lumps or changes in breast size, having a clinical exam conducted by your doctor at least once a year, and a mammogram screening once a year. As with many cancers, early intervention is key to effectively fighting this condition.
  2. Know your coverage. Ensure that your health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid covers your screenings and that you commit to their recommended number of screenings per year. Remember, the American Geriatrics Society recommends mammogram screenings each year for women up to the age of 85.
  3. Reduce your alcohol intake. There are clear links between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. For healthy seniors, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends no more than three alcoholic drinks a day and no more than seven per week. For seniors with health problems and on medications, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor as alcohol can interfere with your treatment and worsen symptoms.

Independent Living for Seniors at Our Assisted Living Community in Camden County, NJ

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities specializing in independent living for seniors. With an experienced care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we focus our community to provide essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.

To find out more about United Methodist Communities or our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, please visit our website at http://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ or contact us and book your visit today.

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5 Tips for Seniors: Cyber-Crime Prevention

Cyber-crime is a growing concern that can affect any member of the population. Seniors can be more vulnerable because they often lack the awareness of cyber security techniques that younger and more tech-savvy people may have.

They also tend to have a fair amount of savings, making them valuable targets for scammers. Here are some easy tips for seniors to follow to help reduce their risk of becoming a victim of cyber-crime, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey:

  1. Don’t respond to emails and texts requesting personal information. Scam emails and texts often look entirely legitimate and typically pose as being from a company whose services you use. They’ll offer an upgrade or special, or even claim that something is wrong with your account — this will include a request for your personal information like social security or credit card details.Never respond to these emails and texts, and don’t click any links in them — don’t even give your name or phone number. If you are worried that the email is legitimate, call the company directly at their listed number and they can assist you from there.
  2. Create strong passwords. The passwords that you use for online services should be at least eight characters in length, using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. An easy way to remember these passwords is simply to write them down in a notebook that you keep in a safe place inside your home or with a loved one.
  3. Secure your social media. Facebook and other social media platforms have security measures that you can activate to protect your information, so ensure that these are kept on their highest setting. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know, and don’t share your personal information with them.
  4. Browse the internet safely. Ensure that you have up-to-date security software on your computer to prevent infection from viruses and malware (software programs designed to steal information or harm your data). Don’t enter contests or sign up for clubs online unless you are sure that they are from a reputable organization, as this may be another way to steal your personal information.
  5. Get advice from a trusted person. If you are unsure of the legitimacy, want to learn more about using your computer or fixing a technical issue, be sure to ask for help from a reputable source. Often, a family member who is tech savvy can assist you – even from the other side of the country – or find a reputable company who can send out a tech assistance specialist to work on your system. It is easy for someone to pose as a helpful person and steal information directly from your computer under the guise of assisting you.

A Warm, Welcoming Senior Community – Visit Our CCRC in Sussex County, NJ 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC based in Sussex County that aims to provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up time to enjoy life. Many living styles are offered including, independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-tern nursing care, and short-term rehabilitation.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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The 4 Biggest Fears About Assisted Living – And How to Talk About Them

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With so many misconceptions about assisted living, it’s no surprise that seniors and their families feel fearful of even bringing up the idea of moving into an assisted living or CCRC community. Here are some insights about the four biggest fears about assisted living and addressing them with your loved ones, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey:

  1. I’ll lose my independence. The reality is very different! There are so many types of assisted living facilities, each offering a different lifestyle, living arrangement and level of care that there’s no reason to think you won’t find one that supports you the way you want. In fact, many assisted living services focus on making seniors more independent by taking on daily tasks and maintenance — and letting seniors get on with their lives on their own terms.
  2. It will be lonely. Moving out of your home and into a new community is always a challenge and many people worry that they’ll be isolated as a result. However, there’s no reason you can’t continue socializing with friends and family just as you did before, especially if your new community isn’t too far away. With social calendar filled with clubs, events, activities and talks, many seniors find that their social lives improve dramatically in assisted living. Isolation is in fact a far bigger risk to seniors who stay in their own homes.
  3. It will feel institutionalized. In the past, senior care facilities were very limited and institutionalized, but – thanks to the USA’s aging population and demand for quality care, the industry is now unrecognizable. You can now find assisted living communities integrated into towns with beautiful gardens and modern apartments where you can decorate as you wish. Some even cater to specific lifestyles and religious beliefs. With a strong community spirit, the best assisted living communities actively encourage bringing your own unique flair and personality into the space.
  4. It’s too expensive. There are senior living options for a number of different budgets and needs. Veterans Administration benefits are also available to those who qualify to help with the cost. Many facilities also tailor their services to each resident, so you aren’t paying for anything that you don’t need. Take the opportunity to visit assisted living communities and find out how much it will really cost — you will likely be pleasantly surprised.

Find Out What Assisted Living is Really All About with A Tour of Our CCRC in Sussex County, NJ 

Bristol Glen is an independent senior living community in Sussex County that provides seniors with comfortable living choices that free up time to enjoy life.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and assisted living facilities, amenities and services. Please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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5 Characteristics of the Best Assisted Living Staff

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Bricks and mortar may be the building blocks of a great assisted living facility but it’s the dedication, passion and quality of the staff who are the real foundation of the community’s success. They are responsible for the safety, happiness and health of the residents, and add the vibrancy and connection essential to a high quality of life.

This industry is a growing and exciting one, with many opportunities for people to experience the rewards of being a senior caregiver. Here are the most important traits of a great senior caregiver, from our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ:

  1. Dealing with people in such an intimate way — taking care of aspects of their daily lives like dressing, hygiene and medical care — is challenging, and this challenge is even more apparent when residents suffer from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Having patience and the ability to be flexible and calm at all times is essential to caregiving, providing the best outcomes for the residents and taking various hurdles like mood swings, unscheduled events and difficult situations in stride.
  2. Empathy and compassion. Caregiving isn’t just about giving people the support they need to take care of chores, medication and daily needs, it’s about building a connection and relationship with the resident to help them live a full and happy life. Being able to empathize with residents is essential to providing high-quality care because a caregiver understands what the patient is going through, anticipate their needs and deliver care in a way that is positive and effective without being intrusive or overwhelming.
  3. Good communication skills. Communication is a significant part of this role, from communicating with residents and other members of the care team to keeping in touch with family and loved ones. Great communication skills keep everyone up-to-date as well as helping to keep residents calm and comfortable. These skills are also vital for picking up on minor health issues and needs, so that they are addressed early and don’t become more serious.
  4. Caregivers at the assisted living facility should be happy to demonstrate that they are fully trained and certified according to state guidelines to take on their role. Another good sign is that the community encourages associates to engage in continued learning and skill development to keep improving and advancing the services they deliver.
  5. Residents come first. Always putting the needs of the residents first is essential. Little things like knowing the residents by name, taking the time to get to know them and their loved ones, and participating with residents through events, socializing and companionship is important and shows that the associates are actively involved in the community itself.

Become Part of the Senior Care Family at Our Assisted Living Community in Camden County, NJ! 

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood New Jersey is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit, assisted living communities specializing in independent living for seniors. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice care, respite care and memory care and support services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

The team at Collingswood is united by their tremendous sense of satisfaction in caring for, and having relationships with active, vibrant seniors. Our assisted living community offers associates an environment which upholds spirituality and our non-profit mission as the framework for everything they do, creating a supportive and focused environment. Our team also lives “the abundant life” we offer our residents by having a true sense of purpose when they come to work every day.

To find out more about career opportunities at any of the four full-service United Methodist Communities or our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, please visit our website at http://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ or contact us today.

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Donating Blood – How Your Generosity Saves Lives

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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 situations in order to save lives. This includes premature babies, children with anemia, cancer and surgical patients, as well as trauma patients.

Blood banks allow people to donate blood and store it until needed by a patient — and there is no alternative, no medicine or substitute that can be used instead of these donations. This makes donating vital to saving lives.

Blood Donation Options: 

  • Whole blood donation. This method of donating usually happens in blood drives. It’s called a whole blood donation because you are supplying red blood cells along with other elements found in the blood stream.
    There are different types of red blood cells and some people can only receive donations from compatible types, which is why it’s essential for blood centers to have a wide range of donated blood types on hand. Type O- (O negative) is “universal” and especially important as it is a blood type anyone can receive.
  • Plasma donation. Plasma is a component of blood that is vital to carrying salt, nutrients, protein and enzymes to the tissues of the body. It is often used for people receiving treatments for rare health conditions that depend on protein delivered by the plasma in order to be effective.
  • Platelet donation. Platelets, another component of blood you can donate, plays a vital role in helping wounds to clot. Patients who are bleeding heavily require additional platelets to stop this bleeding, so it’s often used in trauma cases.

Your local doctor or the American Red Cross can help you find out if you are eligible to make these donations, but the general guidelines require you must be:

  • In good general health
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Be at least 16-years-old

As a whole blood donor, you will need to wait 56 days between donations and 7 days before donating platelets. Platelet donors cannot donate more than 6 times in any 8-week period.

Independent Style Living for Seniors at Our Assisted Living Community in Camden County, New Jersey 

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood New Jersey is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit, assisted living communities specializing in senior living. With an experienced care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we focus on essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.

To find out more about our assisted living community in Camden County NJ, please visit our website at http://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ or contact us today.

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5 Options for Summertime Fun with Seniors

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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:

  1. 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 in Newton is great if you have active young kids who want to run around while you sit and relax.
    Swartswood State Park, a 3,460-acre protected area spreading across both Stillwater and Hampton townships in Sussex County, is fantastic for whole-day family events as there are lots of activities as well as beautiful scenery.
    Waterloo Village, a restored 19th-century canal town in Byram Township, offers a trip down memory lane with historic buildings and pretty canal walks.
  2. Attend free summer concerts. Thursdays on the Green is a free summer concert series hosted by the Sussex County Community College that’s become a much-loved tradition for local residents. This year, the line-up features everything from country music and Broadway hits to folk, jazz and classic rock.
    There will be food vendors, artisanal stalls and giveaways — all you need are your picnic blankets and chairs. Performances start at 6:30pm on the Connor Green.
  3. Spend time on the beach or lake. Sussex County has many beautiful miles of beach and lake shores and summer is the perfect time to plan a family day trip. Sand Beach is a safe haven for swimming, picnicking and relaxing. There are lovely grassy areas, too!
    Cranberry Lake is another popular option with two swimming beaches (including a toddler-friendly beach), sailing and boating facilities and a snack shack.
  4. Create a family memory book. Crafts are another fun way to pass the time and enjoy some quality time with your loved one. A memory book filled with the adventures you’ve had together is a great project! Get all your crafting gear together, print photos and settle down to share some memories and laughs, while creating a lasting souvenir.
  5. Make a pie with seasonal fruit. If you and your loved one share a passion for baking, then summer is the perfect time to make everyone’s favorite dessert — pie! Visit a farmer’s market like the Sussex County Farmer’s Market or Andersen Farms to pick up the freshest and tastiest fruit of the season and enjoy a delicious day together.

Please take care during all outdoor activities this summer and remember sun hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and cover-ups for your seniors — and stay hydrated!

Live Life to the Fullest with Our Scalable CCRC in Sussex County, NJ 

Bristol Glen, an independent senior living community in Sussex County, provides seniors with comfortable living choices that free up time to enjoy life.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and in Sussex County, New Jersey, amenities and services. Please visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/ and book your visit today.

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4 Non-Medical Therapies to Help with Memory Loss

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Modern medicine is an invaluable source of treatment for a wide range of health conditions, but there are ways to supplement this resource with non-medical therapies that can help improve memory or even help prevent memory loss in older adults. Here are some effective therapies from the team at our assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ:

  1. Get creative. Participating in creative arts is a great way to exercise the mind and fight memory loss, as they boost engagement and alertness. For adults wanting to fend off memory loss, dance classes, music classes and taking to the stage, assist with mental fitness. For adults with memory loss, painting, drawing and imaginative projects like scrapbooking are suggested.
  2. Music therapy. Recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association to assist with cognitive and emotional struggles, many patients with fairly advanced memory loss can still sing and remember songs. This relaxing and energizing experience often triggers past memories.
  3. Physical exercise. Studies increasingly confirm that physical fitness is an important contributor to mental fitness, and memory is no exception. While this exercise can take any form, it should be tailored to each person’s level of physical fitness and interests. In addition to fighting memory loss, physical exercise brings countless other health benefits, as well as boosting self-esteem.
  4. Pet therapy. Many assisted living communities have resident pets or access to pet therapy. Interaction with animals is increasingly being recognized for its mental and emotional health benefits, which include helping residents feel calm, engaged in their surroundings and happy.
    It also helps residents connect with memories of their own beloved pets. In fact, some research has shown that therapy animals help improve the nutrition of residents while decreasing behavioral concerns, improving the overall quality of life.

Memory Care Services from Our Assisted Living Community in Gloucester County, NJ 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality assisted living services in a comfortable, well-supported and beautiful environment. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice care, respite care and memory care and support services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

To find out more about our assisted living community, please visit our website at https://pitman.umcommunities.org/ contact us today or book a personal tour.

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