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Fascinating Facts About Aging

Consistent with a rapidly aging population, research about what happens and what we can do about it continues to increase each year. In contrast to  negative perceptions, recent findings have unearthed some very interesting facts about aging that may change the way we think about this process:

  • We get happier as we age. Several recent studies by research bodies and universities have shown that humans tend to get happier as they age, and our happiest times of life are during our youth and then again through our 70s and 80s.
  • Your brain keeps developing. Contrary to popular belief, your brain continues to make neurons as you get older, making it possible to keep learning new things. In fact, studies demonstrate that the brain simply changes the way it takes in information as we age, and learning new skills and even studying new subjects keep your brain young and active, helping it fight off degenerative conditions like dementia.
  • Negative thoughts become more powerful. A study by the University of New South Wales found that being anxious about falling, even when  physically sound and healthy, can make you more likely to experience a fall than someone who is physically more likely to fall, but unconcerned. As  a serious issue for the elderly, falls are the single biggest reason for injury and hospitalization. So, a positive, anxiety-free mindset is important!
  • Life expectancy is still increasing. From 1900 to 1960, life expectancy increased by just 2.4 years, however, since 1960 it has increased by 3.5 years and is likely to keep doing so. Many factors account for the change, including better nutrition, lifestyle choices and medical advances.
  • Your votes count the most. Did you know that 70% of citizens 65 and older voted in the election, making them the largest voting demographic in the country?
  • Stress decreases as we age. While many seniors report anxiety over medical conditions, work, money and family, these numbers are far lower than people aged 35-49, who are the most stressed, and people aged 25-34.
  • Marriages get stronger. Studies have shown that marriage gets better as we age— a result of learning to properly express affection. Also, the more difficult years of middle age and stress over children, work and so forth, actually bring couples closer together as they age. This is great news because other studies have shown that happy marriages positively impact our health, quality of life and happiness as we age.

Put the happiness back into aging at our CCRC in Sussex County, NJ 

Bristol Glen, a senior community in Sussex County, aims to provide seniors with comfortable,serviced living arrangements that free up time to enjoy life.

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

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Independent Living Or Assisted Living – How To Determine Which Senior Living Option Is Right For You Or Your Elderly Loved One

Finding the right senior living option is all about understanding your needs and determining the types of services that best fit those needs. Two of the most popular options are independent living and assisted living. Here’s a quick guide to each of these options to help you make an informed choice.

Is Independent Living Right for You?

Independent living is all about keeping seniors healthy, active and safe. Ask yourself these questions and find out if this is the senior living option that suits you:

  • Are you finding maintaining your home is becoming too much work?
  • Is your home too big for you and are you looking to downsize?
  • Are you looking for a community in which you can be active and make friends?
  • Are you worried your current home has become unsuitable for  you (e.g. It has a lot of stairs or tripping hazards)?
  • Do you want more time to pursue your interests and hobbies?
  • Do you want access to trained home health services  if needed, but do not require medical attention?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you are likely to be a good match for an independent living community. These communities are designed for healthy seniors who are looking to maintain their independence, remove the stress of owning and maintaining a house and have the freedom to enjoy their hobbies and social lives. Residents at Bristol Glen’s Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) enjoy spacious apartment homes, a host of onsite amenities and independent living with the fulfilling companionship of friends and neighbors. While independence and dignity are maximized, safety and security are also of utmost importance at all of our communities. At Bristol Glen an independent living lifestyle is combined with access to assisted living services and skilled nursing all under one roof. Residents feel safe and their loved ones can rest assured that all needs are being met.

Is Assisted Living Right for You?

Assisted living is also focused on maintaining your independence and quality of life, but is generally more suited to seniors who require more support. Ask yourself these questions and find out if this is the senior living option that suits you:

  • Is maintaining your home becoming stressful and expensive?
  • Has your home become unsuitable to your needs (e.g. It has a lot of stairs) or is it too big?
  • Do you have a medical condition that requires support?
  • Do you require assistance with transport, bathing, dressing, meal preparation or medication administration?
  • Do you want more time to pursue your interests and social activities?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then you are likely to be a good match for an assisted living community. With a higher level of support and care, both medically and with daily tasks and errands, this is an ideal community for seniors who need additional support to maintain a high quality of life and independence. Assisted Living Services are offered to residents in all United Methodist Homes of New Jersey full service communities. Assisted living residents benefit from both medical and non-medical assistance as needed. Senior care services include housekeeping, medication assistance, health monitoring, reminders and/or assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, concierge services, and more.

At United Methodist Homes of New Jersey, our aim is to ensure that each of our residents maintain their dignity, quality of life and independence. Our independent living and assisted living communities ensure residents are encouraged to get involved with the community at a level they are comfortable with. We tailor our services to make sure each resident gets the help and support they require to live a full and happy life as they age. For more information please visit www.umh-nj.org.

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Understanding The Difference Between Independent Living And Assisted Living

Ultimately the choice between assisted living and independent living should be determined by the needs of your elderly loved one. If an aging adult has difficulties with daily activities or anticipates their needs changing in the near future, he or she may want to consider moving to an assisted or independent living community. To make the best decision, it is helpful to fully understand the differences between these lifestyle options.

What is Independent Living? 

Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live without assistance but enjoy the peace of mind of having access to assistance when needed. Also known as Continuing Care Retirement Community living, an independent lifestyle minimizes personal chores and errands along with the costs and stress of homeownership.

Independent living services include:

  • Housekeeping.
  • Handyman/maintenance services.
  • Meal options.
  • 24-hour security, home alert system and access to nursing care.
  • Utilities cost (excluding cable television and telephone).
  • Transport services.
  • Social activities within the community.
  • Scalable services to increase support as and when it is required.

What is Assisted Living? 

Assisted living is designed for seniors who can no longer live safely on their own but don’t require advanced medical care like that provided by a nursing home. As part of an assisted living program, a resident would move into a private apartment in the community that offers an ideal living space – compact, easy to navigate and fitted with grab bars and a walk-in shower with seating.

Assisted living will ensure you stay as independent as possible with access to support services, including:

  • Housekeeping.
  • Handyman/maintenance services.
  • Health monitoring.
  • Up to three meals daily.
  • Reminders for daily activities/medication reminders.
  • Personal care and hygiene assistance.
  • Transport services.
  • 24-hour security, home alert system and access to nursing care.
  • Onsite physical, occupational and speech therapies.
  • Social activities within the community.

When considering senior living options, it is usually a good idea to plan with the future in mind. Bristol Glenoffers both assisted and independent living options so residents can adjust their lifestyle based on their changing needs. For more information about United Methodist Homes of New Jersey visit www.umh-nj.org.

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The Cost of Assisted Living

Nowadays, the cost of assisted living is one of the biggest concerns for potential residents and families. In addition, the expense of long-term care sometimes seems daunting. United Methodist Homes advises individuals to consult with an estate planning or elder law attorney to get the need information based on their situation. Here are few tips to get you started, have a look:

Depending on the types of service you need, monthly assisted living costs vary. And depending on the care you need, you can expect to spend between $3,000 and $9, 000 a month which can also include:

•    A daily meal or meals
•    Housekeeping/cleaning services
•    Building and apartment maintenance services
•    Utilities (water, gas & electric)
•    Security is provided at all our communities
•    Access to community enrichment activities

There may also be a small admission fee which goes toward the costs of establishing the programs, helping with move-ins, and setting up care services for new residents.

Financial Requirement

Financial qualification is mainly based on age and care needs. It is a myth that moving into assisted living means losing all your assets including a home. At UMH, while determining financial eligibility, we review many factors. Although your home may be a part of these factors, you do not need to give up ownership of your house. However, if the value of your house was used as part of your financial qualification you will be required to maintain that asset to pay for your stay.

Financial Support

Qualified individuals can receive support from government programs for the costs of long-term care and assisted living whereas veterans may qualify for Aid and Assistance programs, which can pay at least some of the costs of assisted living. Please note there are eligibility requirements for government assistance.

UMHNJ has assisted living communities throughout New Jersey. To find out more about our assisted living services and care, visit http://www.umh-nj.org/

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How to Decide if Assisted Living Is a Good Fit

Assisted living is a senior living option that helps aging seniors in daily activities such as cooking meals, getting to the bathroom in midnight, administering medications or housekeeping chores. Here are few questions that help you determine whether assisted living is right for you:

•    Do you feel lonely and isolated?

•    Concerned about your safety?

•    Finding difficulties to maintain your home?

•    Do you need support than family and friends are able to provide?

For a happy and healthy living, an active life is very important. The social aspect of assisted living is a great benefit offering opportunity to make new friends and live life to the fullest.

Sometimes, you might think what would happen, if you fall down, get injured or experience a problem that requires assistance from another person or medical professional. If so, then assisted living is for you. At UMH, we provide 24 hour security, support and monitoring. Moreover, our assisted living communities provides a homelike environment without the burden and stress of home maintenance.

Including Others in the Decision Making Process

Before you decide to join the assisted living community, have a discussion with your children or love one as this is an important decision which should not be taken alone.

•    Initiate discussions when you and your family are well rested

•    Provide your loved ones with research and information

•    Allow your family to be part of the decision-making process. Answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

At United Methodist Homes in NJ our communities provide the safety and 24 hours support and monitoring while maximizing your dignity and independence. To learn more about our communities and assisted living services, visit http://www.umh-nj.org/.

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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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Welcome to United Methodist Homes in New Jersey

United Methodist Homes has been providing exceptional senior care for over 100 years. As a faith based organization, the United Methodist Homes is committed to its communities, associates, volunteers, and residents. Our philosophy is based on the principle of “abundant life” and extends to every aspect of support in our full service Independent and Assisted Living facilities and Senior Housing Communities.

Senior Living in Pursuit of an Abundant Life

The mission of United Methodist Homes has been essentially unchanged since its inception at the beginning of the 20th century; compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life.

All ten of our NJ senior living facilities adhere to our values of compassion, respect, stewardship and service.  With this in mind we seek to maximize each resident’s independence to the fullest.  We offer customized care with a level of assisted living services that you define, for senior living with true independence and dignity.

The pursuit of abundant life can also be found in our social model of senior living.  Research indicates that social interaction can vastly improve quality of life for assisted living residents. At UMH we gently encourage residents to partake in the many sponsored social activities that exist within all of our assisted living facilities.

We are very proud of our mission and our approach to senior living. Please visit us today at http://www.umh-nj.org

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