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4 Reasons Why Assisted Living Is so Much Better Than Living Alone

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When it comes to senior care, there are many different options on the market. Therefore, it can be pretty challenging to find the one that best suits your loved one. In contrast to some past perspectives about assisted living, the recent senior care industry boom offers desirable lifestyles, fantastic customized spaces, and ample resources for seniors.

Here are four reasons why assisted living can be better for seniors than living alone, from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

Four Reasons Why an Assisted Living Community Is Better for Seniors Than Living Alone: 

  • Affordability – The cost of assisted living isn’t low, but it can be much lower than the cost of a home – especially if that home isn’t paid off or requires a lot of maintenance and repairs. Maintaining a yard and home is a considerable cost when you add it all up, from utilities and maintenance services to major repairs and replacing appliances. If a major repair issue occurs, it can make living alone considerably more expensive than assisted living.
  • Socialization – Having an active social life is an important part of mental and physical health, and it can be much easier to achieve this in a community setting rather than living alone. In assisted living, the staff works hard to deliver a wide range of social events and activities to residents at all levels of independence, from guest talks and events to regular clubs, outings, and more.

    This is especially important as seniors who live alone can easily become isolated or suffer from depression, especially when they don’t have the confidence or physical ability to go out by themselves. It’s easy to make new friendships and maintain them in a community setting where like-minded people are just a few steps away.

  • Safety – One of the main concerns of any family member with a senior loved one who lives alone is their safety. Whether it’s a fall or an illness, the last thing you want is an emergency situation with no one nearby to help. In an assisted living community, it’s not only easier to respond in the event of an emergency, but the building and staff strategy are also designed to actively prevent these emergencies.
    A cough can be noticed and quickly checked so it doesn’t become pneumonia. Apartments are designed to support mobility and prevent falls, and having a community available means there’s always someone there to help.
  • Independence – Although the main fear many older adults have about moving into assisted living is that they’ll lose their independence, the reality is that high-quality assisted living communities are designed to support senior independence for as long as possible.

    Services are scalable, so residents only get the services they need, and chores are taken care of so that residents can spend as much time as possible doing what they love and enjoy life. Transport services are available so that seniors can be active in their community, and there are plenty of senior services and activities available onsite. This offers seniors many more opportunities to live life to the fullest than living alone will.

Assisted Living in Camden County NJ – A Community that Promotes Senior Independence 

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

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

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How You Can Help Raise Breast Cancer Awareness This Month

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Every year, almost 253,000 women in the USA are diagnosed with breast cancer – one in every eight women. This devastating disease is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among women, affecting women of every age. Raising awareness is key to boosting early diagnosis, reducing deaths, and finding a cure. Here’s how you can participate, from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

Breast Cancer Awareness Events in New Jersey for 2019

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Run

Join with thousands of people across the USA for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Register with a team in your area and walk or run with family and friends to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, or donate directly to the cause. You can even buy a fabulous branded pink t-shirt for the event!
The event starts at 10am. So, just pick a venue and date near you:

Oct. 12 — MetLife Stadium (1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford)

Oct. 13 — Prudential Center (25 Lafayette St., Newark)

Oct. 20 — Lincoln Park (West Side Avenue, Jersey City)

Oct. 20 — Century Office Campus (4 Century Drive, Parsippany)

Oct. 20 — Ocean and Arnold Avenues (Point Pleasant Beach)

Oct. 20 — Cooper River Park (1301 North Park Drive, Pennsauken)

Oct. 27 — Johnson Park (1030 River Road, Piscataway)

The Christina S. Walsh Breast Cancer Foundation’s 15th Annual Comedy Benefit

Have a laugh for a great cause at this fundraiser to support breast cancer patients! It’s on October 20 at the Stress Factory Comedy Club on 90 Church Street, New Brunswick.

20th Annual Komen CSNJ Golf for the Cure 

Get ready for a full day of activities on October 14 at the Metedeconk National Golf Club on 50 Hannah Hill Road, Jackson. Starting at 9am, there will be breakfast, a putting contest, and a cocktails and dinner program.

The 2019 Komen Central and South Jersey More Than Pink Walk

Hosted at Six Flags, this fun-filled and unique walk that is happening on November 3, is a huge fund-raiser for the community, funding life-saving programs for breast cancer education, screening, and treatment as well as supporting the Susan G. Komen® Research Grants Program in finding a cure.

Real Kids Wear Pink

October 25 is Real Kids Wear Pink Day! This is a fantastic way to get kids involved in this important cause. Get registered on the American Cancer Society events page for your area, start a fundraiser with your child’s sports teams, neighborhood, and school, and have fun! There’s even an app you can download from the site to make raising funds even easier.

Looking for Assisted Living in Camden County, NJ? Speak to Our Friendly Team 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities. 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 our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, please visit our website at https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/ or contact us today and organize your visit.

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Why are Immunizations Essential for Seniors?

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month and our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ wants to raise awareness of why immunizations for seniors really matter!

Immunizations and Seniors 

Each year, thousands of adults are hospitalized with diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations, leading to costly medical bills, possible long-term damage to health, and even  risk of death.

Seniors are especially vulnerable as the immune system becomes less effective with age, making it more difficult to fight off infections, and the protection from vaccines you received as a child can wear off. Seniors also often have other health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, which can be further compromised by contracting additional viruses and infections. Because of these high risk factors, seniors are more likely to require extended hospitalization, when there is a risk of picking up a hospital-acquired infection.

What Vaccines are Recommended for Adults 65 and Older? 

  • Your annual flu vaccine (IIV or RIV)
  • Your tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine (Tdap or Td) every 10 years
  • Zoster recombinant (RZV) vaccine
  • Zoster live vaccine (ZVL)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV23)

Hepatitis (A and B), meningococcal (A, B, C, W and Y) and hemophilus influenza type B, depending on your medical history of vaccines and other risk factors as recommended by your physician. Other vaccines may be recommended if you travel a lot to certain countries or if have a particular pre-existing health condition such as liver disease, heart disease or diabetes.

Medicare Vaccine Coverage

Medicare Part B covers certain immunizations including the seasonal flu shot, seasonal H1N1 flu vaccine, pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine, and hepatitis B shots for high-risk beneficiaries. It will also cover certain vaccines if required as a result of treatment, for example, if you need a tetanus shot after stepping on rusty metal.

Visit Our Assisted living Camden County NJ and See What Senior Independence is All About 

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.

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4 Tips for Regaining Self-Confidence After a Fall

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When we’re younger, a fall is often a minor incident that’s quickly forgotten – but for seniors, it can be a devastating shock. In fact, falls are the leading cause of disability and serious injuries in seniors, often leading to emergency room visits, surgery and lengthy healing times.

It’s easy to see how a fall can lead to a loss of self-confidence, but this fear can hold back their full recovery and lead to a long-term loss of independence. Here are four tips for helping seniors regain their all-important self-confidence from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

  • Acknowledge their fears. After a fall, don’t be surprised or dismissive if your loved one is fearful —  it’s important to understand fear from their perspective if you want to help them move forward. From the pain of the fall itself, to the struggle to get assistance, time in a hospital and a painful recovery, there’s a lot of legitimate concerns that your loved one will have to overcome.
  • Get professional assistance. Physical rehabilitation has come a long way in recent years, with new techniques for a faster, more effective recovery specifically designed with seniors in mind. With the right physical therapy, your loved one will be able to recover at a good pace and regain their strength, flexibility and stamina, keys to feeling more confident and independent.
  • Remove fall risks. Living spaces can become hazardous as we grow older and our reflexes decline, so it’s essential to do a full audit of your senior loved one’s home to ensure risks for future falls are reduced as much as possible. Good ideas include increasing lighting, removing clutter (especially around stairs and walkways) and loose rugs, and installing grab bars in the bathrooms.
    It’s also a good idea to set up some kind of emergency response system such as an app or device that your loved one can keep with them that will send an alert in an emergency situation.
  • Keep fit. It is easy to adopt a sedentary lifestyle as a senior — especially after a fall,  but this can actually increase your loved one’s fall risk. Without regular physical exercise, the body experiences muscle loss, balance issues and even cognitive decline.
    With a stronger, fitter body, future fall risks are greatly reduced, so ask your physical therapist about exercises your loved one can do after therapy has been completed and help them choose something they’ll enjoy, like nature walks, water aerobics, dancing or yoga.

Assisted living Camden County NJ – A Community That Cares About Senior Independence 

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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Enjoying the Summer Sunlight – Why Vitamin D is Important for Seniors

Vitamin D and calcium are vital for healthy bones, but older adults are likely to suffer from a deficiency in these two important nutrients. This is because our ability to absorb nutrients decreases as our bodies get older. Here are some insights from our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ, on why this happens and what you can do about it.

Why Seniors are at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency

As we age, certain changes take place that make it more difficult to supply the body with a healthy amount of calories and other nutrients. This includes:

  • Loss of appetite, which is very common amongst seniors.
  • Decreased absorption of nutrients by the small intestine and inability of the cells to adapt to lower levels of nutrients.
  • Less frequent exposure to sunlight, which is needed for the body to synthesize Vitamin D, and the skin’s ability to synthesize Vitamin D also decreases with age.
  • The kidney’s ability to convert Vitamin D into its most active form decreases with age.
  • Seniors spend more time indoors, especially when living in an assisted living facility or if they have mobility issues. The lack of sunshine over the winter months makes it even more of a challenge to getting the recommended amount of Vitamin D.

Why Vitamin D is Important for Seniors

Vitamin D is important at every stage of life, keeping muscles, tendons and bones healthy and strong. It also performs an important function in regulating the growth and development of different tissues in the body, keeping muscles functional and carrying messages through the nervous system.

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that seniors between the ages of 65 and 88 who have a Vitamin D deficiency were twice as likely to have a physical limitation than similarly aged seniors with healthy Vitamin D levels. 70% of the seniors with the deficiency were also more likely to develop further physical limitations.

Vitamin D therefore plays an important role in keeping seniors active, healthy and independent, and it’s important that these nutrient levels are monitored and supplemented as needed. The International Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that the average senior requires 800 – 100 IU/day, increasing to as much as 2000 IU/day for seniors with limited sun exposure or suffer from obesity, osteoporosis or malabsorption.

Visit Our Assisted living Camden County NJ – A Community that Promotes Senior Independence

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.

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Anxiety Disorders and the Elderly

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It’s normal to feel pangs of anxiety from time to time, especially when in stressful or uncertain situations. However, when this anxiety starts to affect wellbeing and quality of life, it’s serious health issue —– and one that affects many seniors. The assisted living team in Camden County, NJ shares some insight.

Why Does Anxiety Affect More Seniors? 

Anxiety disorders (that is, medically diagnosed psychiatric disorders) appear to be similar for all age groups, but studies show these disorders may likely be underdiagnosed among seniors. While there is credible evidence of strong effects among seniors, these issues may not be quite severe enough to qualify as a psychiatric disorder. Unfortunately, they still have a significant toll on wellbeing.

This is understandable —– older adults suffer more pain through injuries and disease, are more socially isolated, experience more losses, and are more likely to be on medications that make anxiety worse.

Types of Anxiety Disorders in Seniors :

  • Panic attacks – A sudden and unpredictable episode of fear, sometimes with physical manifestations.
  • Phobias – Irrational fears of heights, snakes or animals, falling, or other situations.
  • Acute Stress Disorder – Anxiety and behavioral issues that develops in the first month or so after a traumatic event.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Long-term anxiety and behavioral issues that last beyond a month after a traumatic event.
  • Social Anxiety – Fear of being around others, what others think of them, and not wanting to go out or meet others.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – Excessive worrying about everyday events and situations that are not usually of concern.

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders in Seniors 

If you notice that your loved one is exhibiting signs of stress and anxiety, which often manifests in excessive worry, the first step is to make an appointment with their physician. Depending on the diagnosis, medication (often temporary) and therapy are usually recommended and are often very effective.

On occasion, anxiety can also be corrected by changing a medication that is causing this issue as a side effect. Symptoms of worry and fear can also be the result of a health decline in your loved one. For example, they may be developing mobility issues, so they become afraid to walk or visit friends, so it’s important to get to the root cause of the issue.

Visit Our Assisted living Camden County NJ 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities specializing in senior living and care. 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 our assisted living in South Jersey, please visit our website at https://collingswood.umcommunities.org or contact us today and organize your visit.

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A Guide to Adaptive Clothing and it’s Benefits for the Elderly

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As the senior population grows, more and more retailers and designers are focusing on the clothing needs of older adults. Adaptive clothing is one option that makes dressing easier and more comfortable for different needs.

Here’s more about this type of clothing from the team at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ.

What is Adaptive Clothing? 

These are clothing options that are adapted to senior use, making dressing and ambulation easier for older adults and their caregivers. This includes pants with Velcro rather than snap fasteners, shoes that slide on securely rather than laces or buckles, shirts that use Velcro or magnetic fasteners rather than buttons, and clothes that pull on with elasticated fasteners rather than zippers. To provide additional comfort, adaptive clothing is made of soft and gentle fabrics.

What are the Benefits of Using Adaptive Clothing? 

For older adults and people with physical limitations, the benefits of adaptive clothing are significant. Painful joints and health conditions like Parkinson’s Disease can make the simple daily task of getting dressed and undressed an emotionally frustrating experience.

Adaptive clothing solves this by removing common obstacles like buttons and laces, making this process much easier. For many seniors, this can mean that they no longer need a caregiver’s assistance for this task, which is incredibly empowering and goes a long way to supporting senior independence.

For seniors who still require assistance, adaptive clothing is easier for caregivers as well, making it less time-consuming and a far more simplified process.

Where Can I Find Adaptive Clothing? 

Many retailers are now stocking adaptive clothing, including Silvert’s, Buck and Buck, Amazon, Walmart, and Resident Essentials. If you are handy at sewing, there are also plenty of patterns and guides online to make this clothing yourself. As with all clothing for seniors, it’s important to find the right fit in terms of comfort, safety and fall prevention. Make sure that the shoes and slippers have good gripping soles, that pants are hemmed to the right length to prevent tripping, and that clothing can be easily layered for warmth as well as sun protection.

Assisted living Camden County NJ – A Community That Cares About Senior Independence 

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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