Archive for November, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24th, 2011 No Comments

From all of us at Visiting Angels NJ Senior Home Care…

Wishing every happiness to you and your family this Thanksgiving!

Are you flying this holiday? Read these great tips on how to stay healthy in the air!

November 23rd, 2011 No Comments

If you or your elder parents are planning to take to the airways over this holiday season, prepare your body to stay healthy.

Below are 10 great tips:

1. Bring an empty container with you through security. Once through, fill it up with water to stay hydrated.

2. Use the facilities prior to boarding the plane–and wash your hands well. Try to stand as far from the toilet as possible to avoid getting germs splashed on you. Try to avoid the plane’s restroom, if possible.

3. Keep your eyes hydrated and don’t touch them (rubbing your eyes is a primary way cold and flu viruses are transmitted).

4. Bring your own pillow and blanket. Airline pillows can carry germs. Dress in layers for warmth.

5. Before boarding, eat something healthy. Bring some healthy snacks or choose healthy foods at the airport.

6. Skip the pre-flight (and in-the-air cocktail). Alcohol is very dehydrating, and on a flight with low humidity can lower your resistance to colds and flu germs.

7. Put a stop to “airplane ear” by chewing gum and eating hard candy. You can also buy filtered earplugs which equalizes the pressure on your eardrums.

8. Prevent congestion by taking a decongestant 30 minutes prior to boarding, and by taking your allergy pills an hour before you board. Use nasal saline spray to lubricate your nasal passages.

9. Eat yogurt–its probiotic bacteria will work to strengthen your immune and digestive system.

10. Get an immunity boost before flying by taking vitamins or eating fruits and vegetables.

This Thanksgiving, don’t leave out the family member with dementia…

November 23rd, 2011 No Comments

This Thanksgiving, you and your family members can help a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, or other related dementia, to be drawn into the conversation. offers several tips to help create a meaningful Thanksgiving for all ( One idea is to encourage the person to reminisce about past Thanksgivings and holidays; it’s best to keep the person engaged and comfortable.

Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care wishes you and your loved ones all the best this Thanksgiving!

Seniors want to “age in place.” Read of a Verona, NJ woman who is doing just that…

November 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Most seniors want to age in place–stay in their own home and community as they grow older, rather than move into a retirement community. In order for people to do that, they need support and services such as transportation and home care. Verona, NJ, is a community rising to the senior’s needs. Read the story at

New survey reveals more people expect to retire in their 80s…

November 17th, 2011 No Comments

Gone are the days when you reach your 60s and expect to just sit back and relax in your golden years. A new survey of adults ranging from their 20s to their 70s shows that 75% of people expect to work during retirement; 25% said they’ll need to work at least until they’re 80 years old. Much of the reason: they realize they haven’t been saving enough–their average goal is $350,000, but the average savings is only $25,000–not nearly enough for their senior care as they age. Go to to read the full story.

Future of retirement homes: hotel chains?

November 16th, 2011 No Comments

Would you consider living in a hotel room in your retirement years? A woman in Virginia did just that, reports CNN ( Joyce Bricker, age 79, recently moved from her Falls Church, Virginia, “home”–a 500 square foot room in the Marriott Towne Place Suites. What makes retirement living so attractive in a hotel? Daily maid service, complimentary breakfast, 24-hour security, and free wi-fi–all for the approximate cost of an apartment (in Bricker’s case, Virginia rents average between $1500-$1700). This isn’t just an isolated incident. A Crowne Plaza in Reading, Pennsylvania, has even advertised to seniors offering a carefree lifestyle (click on ad at right to view a larger image). 

As an aside, our NJ senior care “Angels” can be there for you–where ever your home may be!

For the birds: fun activity for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia…

November 15th, 2011 No Comments

Not all birds fly to Florida for the winter! The hungry birds that stay North can provide hours of productive activity for those who have Alzheimer’s or other related dementias. People can not only watch frolicking birds outside their windows, but they can also make creative bird feeders, giving them a sense of accomplishment. Click for’s helpful list of fun bird-feeding activities!

Interesting twist: an award-winning murder mystery novel told from the perspective of a person with Alzheimer’s…

November 10th, 2011 No Comments

A murder mystery novel told from the point of view of a woman with dementia has won a medical literature prize, the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. The book is titled Turn of Mind and is about a former surgeon whose vague memories could help solve the puzzle of her best friend’s death. The author, Alice LaPlante, a California writing teacher, was influenced by her mother’s 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more at Yahoo News (

Did you see the emotional tribute to Glen Campbell last night on the CMA awards?

November 10th, 2011 No Comments

Vince Gill, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley gave a grab-a-tissue tribute to Glen Campbell last night at the Country Music Association awards. Campbell announced earlier this year that he has been diagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease. Watch the tribute by visiting (

Do you drive your older parents? What to look for in a car…

November 9th, 2011 No Comments

If you’ve driven your senior parents around for any length of time at all, you know that driving them brings special challenges. Driving to doctor appointments, to the grocery store, to the pharmacy, to the mall–a lot of time spent driving other people can add stress to an elder care New Jersey caregiver’s day. Some cars are too low to the ground, making it difficult to get out. Some are too high to step into. Not enough trunk room. Getting lost. Not to mention the sky-high gas costs! Read this AARP article ( before you buy your next car. It describes the top features to consider before making that purchase.

For example:

  • Easy access for people and stuff
  • Navigation system, Bluetooth, crash response systems, and other technology
  • Good gas mileage

Your parents will thank you!