Archive for August, 2012

Think spelling bees are just for kids? W-r-o-n-g!

August 14th, 2012 No Comments

Over the past weekend, older adults from across the country gathered in Wyoming to compete in a national spelling bee sponsored by AARP. Since 1996, senior spellers across the nation have participated in this event. The goal of the event is to promote the idea of seniors keeping their minds sharp as they age. This year, the winner, Michael Petrina Jr., 67, received $1000 and a 5-year membership to AARP. Read more at The Washington Post http://bit.ly/SrSpellingBee.

How much alcohol is safe for a senior to drink per day? This answer and more…

August 13th, 2012 No Comments

Seniors may enjoy having a drink every so often. But we may not realize that as we age, alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, or liquor, affects our bodies differently than when we were younger.

  • As people age, our bodies have less water. So when we drink, with less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol, there’s a higher concentration of alcohol in our blood. As a result, we may more strongly feel the alcohol’s effects more than we used to.
  • If you have medical issues such as depression, diabetes, or high blood pressure, drinking alcohol may exacerbate the problems. You might have trouble getting to sleep, too.
  • The older we get, the more medications we are likely to take. And we all know mixing alcohol and medicines can lead to harmful consequences such as liver damage or internal bleeding. Ask your pharmacist which of your medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins may have a reaction with alcohol.
  • Falls are a major factor in hospital visits for older people. Alcohol can affect your balance, reaction time, and coordination, thus leading to falls or other injury (developing a need for home care NJ).
  • So, how much alcohol is safe? If your doctor says it’s OK, for those over 65, one per day: 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. wine, or 1.5 oz. liquor.

Seniors, Check Out These 4 Tips For A Vacation Free Of Stress…

August 10th, 2012 No Comments

Now that you’re retired, vacation should be an especially relaxing time as you enjoy your loved ones. Unfortunately, a lack of proper planning can make vacations feel like you’re back at work. You can’t control flight delays or your 3-year-old granddaughter’s stomach flu, but several proactive measures in other key areas can relieve stress while vacationing.

1. Make Duplicates

At first glance, making copies of everything from your flight itinerary to your hotel reservation to a car rental confirmation might seem unnecessary. That conclusion may be true in many cases, but when things go wrong, these copies can be invaluable.

  • Compile all the important travel information in a binder and arrange it order of date. This will make the entire schedule smooth and predictable.
  • Keep the duplicates in a separate envelope inside your personal bag or purse.
  • Enter key contact numbers into your cell phone before leaving.

2. Protect Your Identity

Vacationers who unsuspectingly go online while sitting in a hotel lobby or an airport café are sitting ducks for cyber thieves. With Wi-Fi hotspots usually offering minimal security, it’s possible for anyone to steal your financial information, social security number and other sensitive data. Protect your identity before leaving home by enrolling an identity theft protection plan with a company like Lifelock. They’ll guard your personal information in all electronic forms, no matter where you pay your bills or check your bank account.

  • Identity theft protection companies also block suspicious, unauthorized use of your credit cards before the charges even go through.

3. Travel Wisely

Elder travelers must take greater precaution when embarking on a flight or long car ride. Safety is paramount, and a few key comforts can go a long way toward making your trip bearable.

  • Pack all medication in a carry-on bag, ensuring you’ll have the necessary remedy in the event of a medical emergency.
  • Wear loose clothing to limit heat-related problems and ensure comfort.
  • Arrange in advance for airport staff to assist you with your luggage and, if necessary, accommodate transportation within the airport.

4. Confirm, Confirm, Confirm

Confirming the specific criteria, date and location of all vacation reservations can alleviate stressful miscommunication.

Double confirm the check-in and check-out date of your hotel, along with any room requests you have. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your hotel after a long trip only to learn that instead of the villa with a view you reserved, they’ve booked your and your spouse in a junior suite tucked away from all the amenities.

  • Call and confirm not only that you have a car reservation, but that you’ve reserved the spacious, air conditioned sedan, for example.
— by John Scharff, Guest Author
John studied communication on the West Coast and now spends as much time as he can traveling.

“I always felt she was too good to be true…but she was!”–excellent new testimonial

August 8th, 2012 No Comments

We received a wonderful testimonial from a client’s wife about our home care NJ aide, Josephine M.:

“Josephine cared for my husband until he recently passed away. I cannot speak highly enough of the care Josephine gave him. I would like to highlight some specifics of Josephine’s ‘tender loving care.’

When Josephine came to care for my husband, she would be so cheerful and soft spoken. She would inquire about the days she was not there and asked how he was. As far as personal care–it was there that she did her best work. Never did I find one spec of unclean skin; he was washed from head to toe and it was done in a very respectful manner. Josephine knew him well enough to brighten his day. For example, she would talk with him about The Price is Right and had a good time kidding with him.

I miss her now that she is not here; she deserves more credit than she receives. There is no one like her. I always felt she was too good to be true…but she was!”

–Mrs. F., Hamilton, NJ

Check out our latest issue of “Home Care News by Angels”…

August 7th, 2012 No Comments

The August issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is ready for reading!

In this month’s issue:

  • Buy in Bulk and Save
  • Featured Gadgets: Dyson Fans & Magic Opener
  • The Importance of Maintaining Activities As We Age
  • Vegetable Couscous Recipe
  • Senior Humor
  • What’s Happening At Visiting Angels

Please visit our e-Newsletter page to view past issues.

Seniors, August is Immunization Awareness Month…are your shots current?

August 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Each year, thousands of older adults may become ill or die of diseases that may be prevented by vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pneumonia and influenza rank in the top 10 causes of death for seniors. By making sure their immunizations are current, seniors can live a longer, stronger life!

PNEUMONIA

  • Pneumococcal disease is spread through the air, person-to-person. It is recommended that people over 65 should get a one-time pneumococcal vaccine.

FLU

  • Since the flu virus changes from year-to-year, adults should get a flu shot each September or October.

TEATANUS

  • Tetanus bacteria enters the body through cuts in the skin. Adults should get a tetanus shot every 10 years.

SHINGLES

  • Shingles is more common in adults over 50 or in people who have weakened immune systems. At least 1 million people a year get shingles in the U.S. A shingles vaccine can reduce the risk of getting shingles by 50%. A single dose of the vaccine is recommended for those 60 years and older.

Always check with your doctor before getting vaccinated.

RESOURCES

  • Centers for Disease Control, 1-800-232-4636 / www.cdc.gov
  • Mercer County Office on Aging, 609-989-6661/6662, 640 S. Broad St., PO Box 8068, Trenton, NJ 08650
  • Burlington County Office on Aging, 609-265-5069, 49 Rancocas Rd, PO Box 6000, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

Happy August! It’s Cataract Awareness Month…time to focus on your vision…

August 1st, 2012 2 Comments

Each month we spotlight NJ elder care issues relevant to today’s senior population. This August in our Community Resource Bulletin, all eyes are focusing on Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but very treatable through surgery in the U.S. Cataracts are common—about 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts. Visit our Cataract Awareness page to read more.