Archive for March, 2012

Lower your risk of developing dementia–eat these foods…

March 28th, 2012 No Comments

Seniors, do you want to lower your risk of dementia? An AARP.com story recommends these foods: beans, citrus, almonds, oily cold-water fish (salmon, herring), dark leafy greens (spinach), coffee, and foods rich in vitamin D (or get some sun). Check out the full story by clicking http://aarp.us/H6EEtg.

Check out our NJ senior home care review on Google!

March 27th, 2012 No Comments

We at Visiting Angels NJ truly value the families we service, and greatly appreciate their feedback on how our company, services, and aides have helped them. Their personal recommendations carry more weight than anything we can say about ourselves. Take a look at our latest senior home care review on Google Places!

Are you facing the challenges of long distance caregiving?

March 15th, 2012 1 Comment

Are your parents over an hour away? While it’s not easy to maintain a long distance caregiving routine, it can be done. Help from family, friends, church members, and senior organizations can help with elder care. If your parents need help with shopping, preparing meals, dressing, bathing, or other every day activities, it may be time to consider home care…let us help your parents! Read more about long distance caregiving.

Nutritional shakes: are they OK for your older loved one?

March 14th, 2012 No Comments

Is your mom or dad losing weight? Weight loss can be common in seniors (a leading sign of frailty), but is not considered a normal part of aging. Sometimes, caregivers may think that giving their loved one a nutritional shake such as Boost or Ensure will take the place of a nutritious meal. While the drinks may be good as snacks or used in conjunction to the regular meal (check with their doctor to confirm there aren’t special considerations), it’s always best to have the elder eat a nutritious meal.

Other tips on nutrition for seniors who are experiencing weight loss:

  • A low-fat, low-calorie diet isn’t necessary (unless directed by a doctor)
  • Encourage the elder to eat smaller meals more frequently, even before bed
  • Encourage them to eat what they like
  • Check with the doctor for reasons which may be causing the weight loss: thyroid disease, depression, ulcers, dementia, or denture problems

To read more, visit the AgingCare.com article at http://bit.ly/m35Qp5.

For older adults over 70, going to the hospital may be hazardous to your health…

March 13th, 2012 1 Comment

For older adults over 70, going to the hospital may be hazardous to your health. One third of patients over 70 have reported being more frail than when they were originally admitted. One way to combat this decline is to exercise during your hospital stay. Hospitals tend to focus on the reason the patient is there, rather than also combining ways to prevent frailty in seniors. Some hospitals are starting to tackle this issue. Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights in Illinois is an example. To read more on this story, visit http://huff.to/AjYZpJ. For exercise tips, visit our resource page.

Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit helps with home care costs

March 12th, 2012 No Comments

Home Care for Veterans: Spread the word in Mercer & Burlington Counties in New Jersey

If your loved one has served in a foreign war, he/she or their widowed spouse may be eligible for the Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit. If you’ve done research on this benefit, you may have become overwhelmed by the application process. Our special Veterans Program will take the worry and stress out of applying. We will help you each step of the way. Visiting Angels of Mercer & Burlington Counties provides non-medical personal NJ home care services to many seniors with limited resources at no personal expense to these seniors or their families. Click on our Veterans Program tab for more information.

The new issue of “Angel Home Care News” is hot off the press! Check it out…

March 8th, 2012 No Comments

Check out the new issue of “Angel Home Care News.” In this month’s issue:

  • Senior Trivia: What was the real name of famed Hollywood actress Rita Hayward? What was Disney’s first animated feature film?
  • How to keep healthy the remainder of winter
  • New gadgets featured in the Gadget Corner
  • and more!

Read the full issue today!

Is your elder relative in the hospital? Read these tips to get the best care…

March 7th, 2012 No Comments

NJ Senior Care | If your senior relative or friend is in the hospital, read these tips to make the most of their visit (these tips apply to the patient as well as the family caregivers):

  • Get to know the RN and aides who are servicing the patient
  • Get personal by using each person’s name
  • Make the patient comfortable in the room
  • Make sure the room is sanitized
  • Encourage visitors from spiritual counselors such as a pastor or rabbi
  • Have a master medication list handy
  • Know the patient’s medication times
  • Exercise frequent hand washing
  • Drink lots of fluid to stay hydrated
  • Express appreciation to doctors, nurses, etc.

For more tips, read the complete checklist from AARP.com: http://aarp.us/Af186Z

Seniors, make March your month to eat nutritiously!

March 1st, 2012 No Comments

March is National Nutrition Month. It’s a time to evaluate what you eat in order to live a healthier, happier life. Healthy eating habits benefit everyone–seniors, especially. A good diet can help alleviate health problems, give you a sharper mind, and help stave away certain cancers, heart disease, and osteoporosis. To learn more, check out our resource page, March: National Nutrition Month.