Archive for December, 2012

Flu season is upon us…it’s not too late to get a flu shot

December 28th, 2012 No Comments

Flu season’s peak is January and February. It’s especially important for seniors over 65 to get a flu shot to protect themselves. As we become older, our immune system becomes weaker, making seniors more susceptible to contracting the flu. For older adults, the seasonal flu is a serious matter, as it can become deadly. In fact, 90% of deaths from flu occur in adults over age 65, as well as over 50% of flu-related hospitalizations. Medicare does cover one flu shot per flu season. For those involved in elder care New Jersey, be sure to encourage them getting a flu shot. It’s not too late!

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Tips for staying warm this winter…

December 27th, 2012 No Comments

With the recent winter storms and bitterly cold weather across the country and in New Jersey, it’s important for us, especially seniors, to keep warm! Check out our warm winter tips for NJ elder care.

The holidays are happy at Visiting Angels NJ!

December 19th, 2012 No Comments

The holidays are happy at Visiting Angels!

Managing Directors and Co-Owners Nora de Cárdenas and Rudy Tervooren spread holiday cheer at the office today!

Visiting Angels Office Staff: L to R: Rudy Tervooren, Taishia W., Anna C., Shanay G., Karen P., Nora de Cárdenas, Judy W. Not pictured: Bill C.


Study shows 4 ways to age healthier…not as hard as you would think!

December 18th, 2012 1 Comment

An interesting new study from England’s University College of London shows 4 simple ways for baby boomers to age in a healthier way. The study followed healthy adults aged 35-55 from 1985 to 1988 and did a follow-up study in 2008-2009, when all participants were over the age of 60. The study showed 4 main healthy habits which stood out in participants:

  • Not participating in smoking
  • Consuming alcohol in moderation
  • Maintaining consistent physical activity (at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate activity or 1 or more hours of intense activity)
  • Daily consumption of fruits and vegetables

How do you fare with these healthy habits? It’s not too late to change with these easy habits! Visit Huff Post to read more

Series on aging stresses importance of talking to your parents about end-of-life wishes before a crisis happens…

December 13th, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels - In The NewsNBC News, in conjunction with AARP, has been featuring a series about aging. In one video installment, the focus was on having a conversation with your older parents about their end-of-life wishes–how they would like to handle topics such as how they would like elder care should they need extra help (such as home care NJ), where they would like to live, how they would like their funeral to be arranged, what their plan is to financially pay for long term elder care, who would be appointed power of attorney, where important paperwork is located, etc. These conversations about death and dying are extremely difficult for both adult children as well as adults, but by being proactive BEFORE a crisis arises will greatly reduce stress and anxiety.

Go to NBC new’s website at to view their series on aging.

Family caregivers, are the holidays too stressful for you and your older parents?

December 11th, 2012 No Comments

We all love the holidays and the joy of thinking of and getting together with family and friends. But for NJ elder care family caregivers of older loved ones, the holidays can bring on extra stress. Thoughts of loved ones who’ve passed away, feelings of loneliness, feeling overwhelmed, and unrealistic expectations may all contribute to holiday stresses. But by following a few simple tips, you can help keep the holiday blues at bay.

Read the tips to help seniors beat the holiday blues. Happy holidays to you!


Check out our December “Home Care News by Angels” newsletter!

December 6th, 2012 1 Comment

‘Tis the season to read our December “Home Care News by Angels”!

In this issue:

  • Tips to help make the holidays less stressful
  • Ways to help make your holiday entertaining easier in the kitchen
  • Great gadgets to gift
  • Share a laugh with senior humor

Read our December “Home Care News by Angels” today!

To read previous issues of our Visiting Angels NJ newsletter, click our E-Newsletter tab.

New study shows why older people are more trusting…and more open to scams

December 5th, 2012 2 Comments

According to the FTC, 80% of scam victims in the U.S. are over the age of 65. A new study from UCLA and funded by the National Institute on Aging shows why older people may fall prey to scams than do younger people. The study showed photos of faces to two groups. One group was comprised of 119 older people, ages 55-84. The other group had 24 younger people, ages 20-42. They were asked to rank the photos as Trustworthy, Neutral, or Untrustworthy. The photos were judged according to insincere smiles, averted eyes, smirky mouths, etc.

The anterior insula in the brain is what detects untrustworthiness or shiftiness. Interestingly, in the older group, the anterior insula showed little activation when looking at an untrustworthy-looking face, whereas the younger group’s anterior insula became very active. This can help explain why older adults tend to see the positive in people and tend to trust individuals who aren’t trustworthy.

At Visiting Angels NJ, you can rest assured our home care aides can be trusted. We thoroughly screen and have background checks on each aide.

For more on this study, read the story on

“She did such a good job of caring for us”–another great testimonial!

December 4th, 2012 No Comments

We recently heard from one of our dear clients, Mrs. K. In a note she stated, “Dear Nora, my ‘Angel’ aide Na Na did such a good job caring for us. We are very pleased with Visiting Angels!”

Thank you, Mrs. K. of Hamilton, NJ!

Read more of what our clients are saying about our NJ elder care.