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Immune System Boosting Tips For Seniors

As we age, our immune systems can weaken, making us more vulnerable to infections and making recovery more difficult. Fortunately, there are ways in which we can help support our immune systems to fight off infections more effectively. Here are some tips from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ.

  • Flu vaccinations: Seasonal flu viruses are especially difficult to treat in the elderly and very young children, so getting an annual vaccine is important. Studies have shown that this significantly decreases the rates of sickness and death in seniors.
  • Exercise: A physically healthy body has a much better immune system, and regular exercise is key to achieving this. Walking, cycling, yoga, dancing and swimming keep hearts, bodies and immune systems strong.
  • Healthy diet: Getting the right nutrients will strengthen your immune system, so it’s important to eat correctly and have a healthy, varied diet. Fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C, E, beta-carotene and zinc are great, so try including lots of leafy greens like spinach as well as tomatoes and oranges, to complement a diet of wholegrains and lean protein.
  • Reduce stress and loneliness: While depression and stress are very real health issues in the senior community, isolation and anxiety can also have a detrimental effect on the immune system. Keeping socially active with friends and loved ones, joining social groups and clubs, as well as speaking to professionals about these issues help make us less vulnerable to a huge range of health conditions, and improve quality of life.
  • Hygiene: Because germs are primarily passed  through physical contact,  washing hands regularly is a must. Avoid touching your face or eyes after being in a public space and covering sneezes and coughs is essential.
  • Stay hydrated: Whatever the weather, stay hydrated. Seniors often feel less thirsty, but that doesn’t mean they need less fluid. Eight to nine glasses of fluid a day  (includes water, tea, soup, coffee, juice, etc.)  keeps mucous membranes healthy and actively reduces the chance of infections.

Assisted living and nursing home care in Camden County, NJ

Collingswood is part of United Methodist Communities, a network of senior living and assisted living communities specializing in high quality care and support. Our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, is known for its beautiful setting, spacious residential apartments and wide range of services for residents. With qualified and experienced nursing, therapy and management staff on hand to provide assistance, residents enjoy all the benefits of independent senior living.

In addition to our assisted living campuses, we also offer a range of long term care services, including hospice and palliative care, short term rehabilitation and respite care. Our aim is to keep our residents “aging in place,” ensuring that they stay in the comfort of familiar surroundings in their own private apartment even as their care needs change.

To find out more about United Methodist Communities, our long term care services in NJ, please contact us and book your visit today.

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Healthy, Happy Relationships are Helping Seniors Live Longer

Study after study has shown that good relationships do wonders for our health, quality of life and happiness – and the same goes for seniors! Strong social connections are just as important as eating well, getting exercise and accessing quality medical care. Here are some insights from our independent living community in Sussex County, NJ.

  • A feeling of purpose: Often times, people  in senior living could be vulnerable to losing their sense of purpose in life, making them vulnerable to depression. Social connections through friendships, hobby clubs and other groups, give residents reasons to get up in the morning, care for themselves and look forward to what life has to offer.
  • Motivation to get healthy and active: Social groups and relationships work to encourage individuals to try new things, take on new challenges and keep improving themselves. Whether it’s a book group keeping up with current literature, a dance group teaching ballroom dancing or a walking club that helps people to keep exploring the outdoors, social groups help support intellectual and physical health.
  • Change for the better together: Changes, as we age, can become more and more difficult to cope with, whether we’re facing mobility problems, chronic health conditions or recovering from a sickness or fall. A support group that not only includes therapists and professionals, but also peers going through the same struggles, means finding a helpful community to provide that essential support and encouragement.
  • A positive knock-on effect: One of the most important results of healthy social connections is the positive effects they have down the line. A phone call from a loved one may lead to a better food choice at lunch, or a decision to try harder at physical therapy. An afternoon with the gardening club may lead to a choice to go out to enjoy the beauty of nature in a park, or uplift your mental state.

Essentially, good social relationships encourage us all to try a bit harder to make more of our lives, and that applies to seniors as well as the rest of us!

Experience senior living and relationship beautiful CCRC in New Jersey

Bristol Glen, a CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey, offers seniors independence, comfort and a vibrant social life along with high quality care when needed. Part of United Methodist Communities, we offer a personalized and customized set of services, seniors are able to fully access the level of care they require, when they require it. We are also fully equipped and able to assist Alzheimer’s and dementia residents through our memory care and support services.

Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and book your visit today.

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All the benefits of choosing expert post-hospitalization rehabilitation

As one of the leading assisted living communities in Camden County, New Jersey, we’re proud to offer expert short-term rehabilitation services to assist seniors in their recovery from falls, surgical procedures and illnesses. Here are all the benefits of choosing this professional service:

  • Faster recovery and healing: As we age, it becomes more difficult to bounce back quickly from illnesses and injury. However, professional short-term rehabilitation can help speed up your recovery. In addition to qualified nurses and caregivers to assist you with medical care and daily tasks, we also have teams of specialists to assist your recovery through a wide range of proven therapies, from physical therapy to occupational, speech therapy and more.
  • One location: By moving into our comfortable assisted living community for your rehabilitation, you have access to all our services without having to travel, book appointments and coordinate schedules. This means that you get the rest you need as well as easy access to the rehabilitation you need.
  • Professional caregiving in an independent environment: If you are used to living on your own or having a family member lend assistance, then short-term rehabilitation allows you to access more intensive assistance without having to commit to hiring a dedicated caregiver, putting strain on family caregivers or moving into an assisted living facility. Our focus is on getting you healed and quality of life, so you get the level of care you require to recover quickly as well as the independence you love.
  • Get the best: As these services are provided by a leader in senior care communities, we’re sure to employ only the best staff with the proper certifications and training needed to ensure you make a strong recovery. All of our treatments are state-of-the-art and results-driven, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best support possible from a highly reputable organization.

Professional short-term rehabilitation services for fast and effective recovery 

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood is an assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, offering high quality short-term rehabilitation services for seniors. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we offer these services in addition to assisted living services, hospice care, and respite care.

Ideal for seniors wanting professional assistance in recovering from illness or surgery, as well as those wanting to try out our assisted living facility and get to know our community, we’re happy to welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

For more information on our short term rehabilitation services, please contact us today and plan your visit.

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Vitamin and mineral supplements for healthy aging

Getting the correct amount of the right vitamins and minerals in our diets is important at any age, but needs can change as we age. Here are some tips from a leading independent assisted living community in New Jersey’s Monmouth County.

First, it is important to know that:
• Dietary supplements can’t replace a healthy diet. It’s best to get your vitamins and minerals from a healthy food sources because they contain additional dietary essentials like fiber.

• Before starting any vitamin or mineral supplements, you should speak to your doctor to determine a plan that fits your needs, won’t adversely affect any medical conditions you may have and doesn’t affect any prescription medications you may be taking.

Helpful vitamin and mineral supplements for seniors include:

Vitamin D: This helps your body to absorb calcium from your digestive system and can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis, a brittle bones disease that has no known cure. It is also thought to be helpful in lowering your risk for certain cancers and heart disease. As an alternative to taking Vitamin D, you can simply spend between 5 and 30 minutes in the sun once or twice a week, providing your skin is not sensitive to the sun or the weather is poor.

Calcium: As we age, our bones become lower in calcium, increasing risks for osteoporosis and osteomalacia (softening of the bones). In addition to a calcium supplement, your doctor may recommend including weightbearing exercises in your fitness regime to maintain bone and muscle strength. It is important to get the right type of calcium supplement in the right amount for your age. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 1,200mg a day for women over 51, 1,000mg a day for men between 51 and 70, and 1,200mg a day for men 71 and up.

Iron: This mineral is important for your red blood cells, the cells that carry oxygen throughout your body. An iron deficiency can lead to anemia, the symptoms of which include fatigue, weakness, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

Vitamin B12: A deficiency of this vitamin can lead to anemia, confusion, agitation and even hallucinations, as it plays an important role in the health of cells, especially your nerve cells. It is mostly found in animal protein, so vegetarians and vegans may find it difficult to get the recommended amount.

A leading assisted living community in New Jersey
United Methodist Communities at Francis Asbury is a beautiful and comfortable assisted living community serving Monmouth County, NJ. Our dedicated and compassionate staff help our residents through their daily living activities and provide professional medical care support, all in a private residential setting.

To find out more about our individualized assisted living services and our assisted living community, please contact us today and arrange a visit.

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Healthy Aging for Peace of Mind and a Healthy Body

Worried that your elderly loved one is not aging as healthy as they could be? Being active mentally, physically and socially is vital for a quality life especially at an advanced age. Here are few tips to stay active:


Our brain is inspired by daily activities including reading, writing and puzzle solving throughout our lives. Keeping the mind sharp and challenged drastically slows the onset of cognitive impairment such as memory loss. You may even take these activities for granted but as we age it becomes even more important to maintain that regular brain stimulation.

Here are some suggested mind stimulation activities:

•    Hobbies for better living: Quilting, photography, reading, writing letters or journal entries, painting, or playing word games

•    Learn a new language or learn to play a musical instrument

•    Tap into spirituality, including meditation, stress reduction, prayer or contemplation activities


Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet is a crucial part of maintaining an active lifestyle. Once we start aging, it becomes harder to engage in daily activities like walking, sitting down or standing up without the help of someone. When you eat better, you feel better and will be more inclined to engage in physical activity. Give your body the fuel and nourishment it needs while also supplementing your healthy diet with some low impact physical activity such as:

•    Yoga

•    Stretching

•    Walking

•    Swimming

Social Activity

Another better way to be active is engaging in social interaction. Find ways to stay engaged in life through socialization opportunities, community involvement and interacting with others to find purposefulness in life. UMH suggests:

•    Joining a book club

•    Volunteering

•    Joining a fitness class

•    Choosing hobbies that are not always solitary

At United Methodist Homes, all of our communities maintain a wide variety of optional programs dedicated to keeping seniors active and strong. To find out more about healthy senior assisted living at United Methodist Homes visit http://www.umh-nj.org/.

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