Archive for May, 2012

Goodwill Home Medical Equipment offers reconditioned home medical equipment at low cost…

May 31st, 2012 1 Comment

Another great NJ elder care resource: Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (formerly Your ReSource). Goodwill accepts used home medical equipment donations, then reconditions them to sell at a low cost.

Examples of Donated Products:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Scooters
  • Hospital beds
  • Walkers, canes, crutches, and portable ramps
  • Unopened medical supplies
  • Rehab Equipment
  • Daily Living Aids
  • Bath Items
  • Hearing, Vision and Speech Devices
  • Patient lifts

Visit their warehouse at 300 Benigno Blvd. in Bellmawr, NJ, call them at 609-396-1513, or go to their website www.goodwillhomemedical.org for more information.

NEW: Mercer County residents may also visit their local Goodwill Stores in Ewing and in Bordentown for medical equipment. The Bellmawr warehouse works with these stores to supply equipment.

Today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 30th, 2012 2 Comments

The last Wednesday in May is celebrated as National Senior Health and Fitness Day across the country and in NJ elder care circles as well. Its goal is to promote health and fitness in older adults.

  • An inactive lifestyle can be linked to 23% of deaths from chronic diseases
  • Around one-third of people over age 65 lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Percent of those who don’t do any leisure-time physical activity: 54% of men and 66% of women age 75+

Seniors shouldn’t overextend themselves, but exercise is important to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Examples of fun outdoor activities:

  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Horseshoes
  • Badminton
  • Shuffleboard
  • Tennis
  • Bocce ball
  • Gardening
  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Riding bikes

For those who wish to stay inside, chair exercises are a great home care NJ way to exercise.

Excessive Heat Warning today until 7pm

May 29th, 2012 1 Comment

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for our area of NJ today until 7pm. It’s especially important for seniors to stay inside during this heat, and to drink plenty of fluids.  Hot Weather tips for NJ elder care.

Visit us at the Lawrence Senior Center’s Open House & Information Fair May 29th

May 25th, 2012 No Comments

The Lawrence Township Senior Center is having an Open House and Information Fair on Tuesday, May 29th. Visiting Angels Senior Home Care NJ will be there at a vendor table, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Learn about recreational programs, special events, and services available to Lawrence Township’s older adults (60+). Door prizes and refreshments, too!

  • What: Lawrence Township Senior Center’s Open House and Information Fair
  • Where: Lawrence Township Senior Center, 30 E. Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Time: 10am to 1pm
  • Phone: 609-844-7048

Don’t miss this NJ elder care event. See you there!

 

Mercer County Seniors…have you heard of RideProvide transportation service?

May 24th, 2012 No Comments

Transportation is so important to all older adults in order to remain independent. RideProvide is a program of Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association. This program transports seniors over 65 and those with visual impairments of any age to medical appointments, shopping, visits to family, etc. The purpose of the trip isn’t restricted.

The NJ elder care program, which uses paid and volunteer drivers, operates Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm (special arrangements for nights and weekends may be possible). The fee is based on an annual membership ($40 for individual; $60 families) plus a zone fee for each trip. Cash is never exchanged–it is subtracted from a pre-paid account. You may ride as often as you wish within Mercer County. Rides are door-to-door and drivers will even help you with your packages!

To register or to volunteer, call 609-452-5140. Visit their website at www.rideprovide.org.

Detecting dementia early? There’s an app for that…

May 23rd, 2012 No Comments

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are rapidly on the rise. Every 68 seconds someone in the U.S. will develop Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, it will be every 33 seconds. Early detection of dementia is critical to provide NJ elder care treatment when it’s most helpful–at the beginning of the disease. Cambridge Cognition is a British company which has developed an iPad app, CANTABmobile. This app helps medical professionals determine if a person shows signs of early dementia. The app gives a 10-minute memory test which helps assess a person’s short-term memory. It shows results instantly, and gives suggestions for doctors on how to proceed with their diagnoses. Current testing methods are traditional paper and pen, which aren’t always accurate. Don’t rush over to iTunes just yet, however. The app is only available to doctors in the U.K.

For more information, visit www.cantabmobile.com.

How popular is your name?

May 22nd, 2012 No Comments

Are you a family caregiver? Here's something fun you can do during your NJ elder care activities. Take a journey into the past and find out what the most popular baby names were during each decade. Is your name listed? Is your mom's? What about your son's? You'll see some names have stood the test of time…and some haven't. Check out the Social Security website www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/

National Alzheimer’s Plan announced…

May 16th, 2012 1 Comment

Promising NJ elder care news for all affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

On Tuesday, May 15, the Obama Administration released the National Alzheimer’s Plan. This plan shows the nation’s commitment to fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Its main goal is to find successful ways to treat and prevent the disease by 2025. Other goals include expanding support for those with Alzheimer’s and their families, enhancing public awareness, optimizing quality of care and efficiency, and tracking progress and improvements.Visit the government’s new web site at www.alzheimers.gov to learn more.

May is Healthy Vision Month. Read these tips to avoid macular degeneration

May 15th, 2012 2 Comments

May is Healthy Vision Month, developed to promote the importance of early detection and treatment to prevent vision loss. Macular degeneration, a loss of vision in the center of the visual field, affects older people, and is caused by damage to the retina. It makes it hard or impossible to recognize faces, but typically there is enough peripheral vision to allow the person to do daily living elder care NJ activities.

Tips to maintain healthy eyesight:

  • Eat foods rich in carotenoids. Examples: spinach, collard greens, kale, broccoli, mango, green beans, sweet potatoes, egg yolks, squash, bell peppers, okra, corn
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C. Examples: oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, strawberries, leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, cantaloupe
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin E. Expamples: nuts, whole grains, eggs, fruit, wheat germ, vegetable oil
  • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Examples: walnuts, tuna, sardines, salmon
  • Take vitamins specially formulated for Macular Degeneration

Visit our “Assisting the Sight Impaired” home care NJ page.

Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors

May 10th, 2012 1 Comment

Crime isn’t something anyone wants to think about, but it’s hard to ignore (just watching a few minutes of the 6 o’clock news will verify that!). Older people and those providing NJ elder care/NJ home care may worry about being a target for crime, but there are some easy things seniors can do to help avoid crime and stay safe.

Home Safety

  • Don’t keep lots of cash in the home
  • Keep doors and windows locked at all times
  • Before opening the door, look through the window or peephole to identify who is there
  • Become familiar with your neighbors

Street Safety

  • Always stay alert
  • Avoid unsafe areas
  • Keep car doors locked at all times
  • Park in a brightly lit area
  • Keep your purse close to you; if there is a strap, place it across your chest
  • Never resist a thief; give them anything they demand

Money Safety

  • Have your checks directly deposited in your account
  • Do not carry a lot of cash
  • Put your checkbook and credit cards in separate wallets
  • Keep your wallet in an inside pocket

Fraud Safety

  • Don’t be afraid to say no to phone solicitors; hang up if they won’t take no for an answer
  • Never give credit card or account numbers to someone who calls you, regardless of who they say they are
  • Don’t fall for scams that are deals that seem too good to be true
  • Never take money out of the bank if someone requests it
  • Be careful of hiring workers who go door-to-door looking for work; try to get referrals and never pay the full amount in advance

Identity Theft Safety

  • Look at your credit card and bank accounts carefully
  • Shred any papers that show personal information
  • Don’t carry your Social Security card with you
  • If someone emails you, never give your account information
  • Use a firewall and anti-virus software on your computer