UMC Community Corner - Collingswood

Caring for Adults with Dementia During the Pandemic

The good news is that dementia is not a direct risk factor for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The not-so-good news is that behaviors associated with dementia, combined with age and other common health issues in older adults, may inflate risk. People with dementia tend to forget personal hygiene habits like washing their hands, which can be crucial …

Hearing Loss in Older Adults

Hearing loss adds to the misconceived stereotype that older adults are “slow,” which is almost always not the case! Identifying and treating hearing loss head on will help to avoid the negative notions that come with it. Older adults who let their hearing loss go untreated sometimes become angry, lonely or depressed, which in turn could …

United Methodist Communities at Collingswood Named on U.S. News Best Nursing Homes and Short-Stay Rehabilitation Lists

Ratings assure public of quality, staffing and compliance How do you select the best rehabilitation and long-term care providers for a chronic health condition, frailty, or recovery following a stroke, heart attack, joint replacement, serious infection, or accident? U.S. News and World Report rated over 15,000 nursing homes nationally to help people find appropriate, reliable …

The Best Apps for Abundant Senior Living

It’s safe to say smartphones and tablets are pretty standard at this point, for keeping in touch with family and friends more easily, especially during the pandemic. But there is another major reason why people choose to own a smart device: the apps! Apps are so much more than just silly games to download to …

5 Morning Stretches to Relieve Arthritis and Joint Pain

Why are morning stretches so important? Well for one reason, the morning is the part of the day that people with arthritis dread. Joint pain is an extremely common issue that people who suffer from arthritis wake up to everyday. Stretching in the morning is proven to help alleviate arthritis and joint pains by medical …

We’re Staying Safe at UMC Collingswood, But We’re Having Fun Too…

One big misconception about the state of assisted living communities during COVID-19 is that residents are quarantined in their apartments until further notice. Let me assure you that is not the case at United Methodist Communities and other reputable organizations!  The team at UMC understands that real safety does not require total isolation. Our UNITEDforSAFETY standard, …

Alzheimer’s Care: The “Tapestries” Program at United Methodist Communities

Each person with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, will experience its symptoms and progression differently, so it’s important to modify care accordingly. Patience, flexibility and the support of family and friends will help you tackle the challenges ahead for your loved one. However, it also doesn’t hurt to consider a professional program for memory care at …

The State of Safety for NJ Assisted Living Communities

Let’s face it ─ many people still feel apprehensive about moving their parents into an assisted living community since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Despite this, families realize that they also will struggle to handle every need of their elderly parents without help. The good news may be that with new health and safety procedures in …