Archive for September, 2011

Will you be watching Andy Rooney’s last regular appearance on 60 Minutes?

September 29th, 2011 No Comments

Andy Rooney is an inspiration! He’s been appearing on 60 Minutes since July of 1978, when he was in his late 50s. At the age of 92, he’s decided to retire from the program after giving 1097 essays. In his lifetime, Rooney has been a journalist, writer and WWII veteran. Read the full AP story (http://bit.ly/nw4puB).

If you know someone from the “Greatest Generation” (as is Andy Rooney) who served in WWII or is a widow of a veteran (from central New Jersey), they may be eligible for our special Veterans Program which provides our senior home care at no cost to the veteran or veteran’s widow.

Check out 5 reasons puzzles are great for your brain…

September 28th, 2011 No Comments

Seniors: care for your brain! Puzzles are a fun way to enhance your brain functions, such as improving your memory and how you reason, improving your ability to visualize in 3D space, and improving your motor skills. Doing them can also help ward off any decline in your mental abilities that come as you age.

In the book, The Playful Brain, the authors give 5 reasons why puzzles provide food for your brain:

1. Strengthen Motor Skills
2. Build Up Spatial Thinking
3. Increase Working Memory
4. Refine Long-Term Memory
5. Enhance Verbal Reasoning

For examples of each type of puzzle, read the article on AARP’s website (http://aarp.us/soWGdW). To download a memory screening test, click on our NJ senior care resource page “Depression Masking As Dementia.”

Over 65? Keep your brain sharp with Vitamin B12

September 27th, 2011 No Comments

Seniors, losing your cognitive abilities isn’t a normal part of aging, and what you eat does have an effect. In a new study published in the journal Neurology, experts found a link between poor nutrition and mental decline in adults over age 65. Specifically, a vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to lower brain volumes and impairment. Eating foods rich in B12, along with exercising, may slow the process of cognitive decline. Foods rich in vitamin B12: shellfish (clams, oyster, lobster, crabs), liver, caviar, fish, beef, lamb, cheese, yogurt, milk, and eggs.

Read more about the study’s findings at Time Magazine’s Healthland website (http://ti.me/qQ9y6O). Click on our NJ elder care resource page for more information about senior care and nutrition.

Visiting Angels Provides Truly Exceptional Homecare

September 26th, 2011 No Comments

If you are looking to bring the specialized care of a top caregiving institution into the comfort of your own home, look no further than Visiting Angels. At Visiting Angels, you can expect the best home care NJ has to offer. If you’re considering an assisted living facility, compare our services. We are confident we are able to provide the personal care you would expect from an assisted living facility–but with much, much more.

We provide fully personalized services to seniors seeking New Jersey senior care. We match caring and positive aides to individuals and families based on common interests and personalities. Our caregivers are all fully certified and highly experienced NJ senior care professionals. We don’t provide habitual visitors to your home, but rather, warm, welcome friends to your household who are happy to give you 100% of their attention.

Finding the right New Jersey elder care service does not have to be a stressful experience. Transitioning from a home you love to an assisted living facility can be an extremely difficult transition for any senior. Visiting Angels strongly believes that seniors should have the option to seek the best home care in NJ and continue to live in their own homes.

Visiting Angels does not focus solely on NJ senior care. We also provide home care in NJ for adults of all ages that need a helping hand while recuperating from surgery or to help them manage a chronic illness. Visiting Angels also provides NJ elder care services to qualifying US veterans and their widowed spouses at no out-of-pocket cost to them.

Look around our website today and learn more about the best home care NJ has to offer.

Oldest female body builder–going strong at age 74!

September 23rd, 2011 No Comments

How many seniors do you know who lift weights (not the seniors in high school!)? Ernestine Shepherd is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest female body builder in competition. She began weightlifting in her 50s along with her sister–she’s now 74!

To read more about this inspirational woman, read the AARP.com story at http://aarp.us/uVxTYU. Visit our Exercise and Activity resource page for additional information on the benefits of exercise.

Keeping seniors in their homes: volunteers help to Age In Place

September 23rd, 2011 No Comments

As the boomer population ages and senior care is needed as a result, more and more innovative ideas and solutions will be created to help seniors happy and safe at home. A new volunteer organization called “Aging in Place in White Plans” has emerged as one such idea.

To help older adults stay at home longer, this group has assembled a collection of volunteers who will provide services such as driving people to doctor’s appointments, taking them to the grocery store, and even helping them operate their DVD player, among other helpful tasks younger people take for granted.

There are about 50 similar arrangements throughout the country. As the need for senior care grows daily, no doubt many more associations will materialize. Read more about the White Plains group by clicking on the full story by Rye.Patch.com (http://bit.ly/ndKNmw).

For more information about aging in place options, visit our Options to Age At Home resource page.

Coping With Cancer

September 1st, 2011 No Comments

Serving Burlington and Mercer Counties, NJVisiting Angels NJ provides home care not only for seniors, but also those people–of any age–suffering from cancer. We help cancer patients and their families with the everyday tasks of life–just when they need it most!

Please visit http://bit.ly/WX559I to read “Coping With Cancer” by Visiting Angels’ co-founder, Jeffrey Johnson.