Archive for January, 2013

Check out our collection of cool gadgets for seniors…

January 29th, 2013 No Comments

Products and gadgets for the aging population

If you’re a senior, a family caregiver involved in NJ elder care, or someone who just appreciates products that make life easier, check out our collection of senior gadgets on our Gadget Corner page. While we don’t officially endorse these products, we do think they are worth looking into. You’ll see things from electric bicycles, ergonomic jar and bottle openers, automatic light dimmers, hip protectors, bladeless fans, electronically-adjusting eyeglasses, and much more! Many of these products can help people age in place.

Seniors in Princeton area: get free help filing taxes at Princeton Public Library

January 24th, 2013 No Comments

Good news for NJ seniors this tax season: the AARP Tax-Aide program will be available to seniors and lower income people starting February 4th at the Princeton Public Library. This free service is for simple returns only, and the person’s taxes will be filed electronically the day of the appointment. Appointments will be between 9am-noon M-F and last about an hour. Call 609.924.9529, ext 220 to schedule your appointment. Address: 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Legislation proposed to help NJ family caregivers…

January 23rd, 2013 No Comments

A new bill is being proposed in Trenton for those who provide elder care in New Jersey for their older family members, designated as the Caregiver’s Assistance Act. This tax break is being proposed to the caregivers, as long as the relative lives with them full-time. This bill is designed to help baby boomers who find themselves caring for their aging parents. About 1.7 individuals from NJ are family caregivers. The proposed tax credit would help with those expenses not covered by Medicare, such as home care NJ services, health equipment and supplies, or home modifications, among others. The cap for the credit would be $675 per year for a couple making no more than $100,000 combined. To read the bill, go to http://bit.ly/148gXJK.

Expenses in retirement you may not be expecting…

January 17th, 2013 No Comments

You’ve been saving your money for retirement, but there just might be several expenses you haven’t planned for. A recent article on USNews.com raised some of these “surprise” expenses.

For example, have you planned for your long-term care should you need extra NJ elder care living assistance? These costs can be needed all of the sudden when a crisis hits, so it’s best to plan in advance for home care assistance such as Visiting Angels NJ, for instance.

Another unexpected cost is helping to pay for your parent’s long-term care. They may find Medicare, Social Security, and their pensions don’t make ends meet.

This tough economy may be brutal on your adult children. If they’re out of work, you may want to give them some unplanned financial assistance.

Unplanned expenses from trips can also be financially draining. Out-of-town weddings, funerals, and other life events may occur which you won’t want to miss.

To read more of these unexpected expenses, read the article at http://bit.ly/13HvtZN

In Movie News: More films are featuring older characters…

January 16th, 2013 No Comments

People over 50 are a strong economic force for the movie industry, with approximately 7.2 million monthly potential movie-goers. Often, this demographic has been overlooked. But with recent films featuring older characters, this trend may be changing. This past weekend, Amour won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, and is also nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, best actress, and best director. It features an older couple living in France, who face end-of-life and elder care challenges.

Other recent movies featuring over-50 actors include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starring Judi Dench and others retiring in India, Trouble With The Curve starring Clint Eastwood as an aging widower losing his eyesight, The Guilt Trip starring Barbra Streisand in this comedy with Seth Rogan, Parental Guidance starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as grandparents, Hope Springs starring Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep as a middle-aged couple, and coming soon, Quartet starring Maggie Smith about retired opera singers living in a retirement community.

As baby boomers age, hopefully the market will demand more films–of all genres–featuring older characters.

Have you checked out our TV commercials lately?

January 15th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels TV commercials air on CNN and FoxNews–have you seen these excellent senior home care spots? Let us know when and if you see them! If you haven’t seen them yet, check them out on our elder care New Jersey site!

If you speak 2 or more languages daily, you may have a decreased risk of having dementia…

January 11th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels - In The NewsIf you or your aging parent speak two or more languages fluently, on a daily basis, you may have a decreased risk of early-onset dementia, an article in the January issue of Journal of Neuroscience explains. Because of the way the brain functions in someone who is bilingual, enabling faster mental task switching, a “cognitive reserve” is built up in the brain. This allows the brain to run more smoothly for a longer period of time than with people who only speak one language. Being bilingual is a brain booster! Interesting news for those involved in elder care New Jersey.

Read more about these findings at Voxxi.com–http://bit.ly/XNvN8E

It’s a new year, so take time now to prepare for emergencies…

January 9th, 2013 No Comments

The recent Superstorm Sandy here in the New Jersey area has really reeked havoc on many residents, many of them who are older. Power went out, floods and wind destroyed property, etc.

With the new year upon us, it’s time to take stock of your emergency preparedness plans with your family. Should another emergency happen, as part of your elder care NJ responsibilities, what are the plans for your older parents or loved ones?

Visit our Emergency Preparedness page for helpful tips.

New Issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is ready!

January 8th, 2013 No Comments

January 2013. It’s a fresh new year at Visiting Angels NJ, and our “Home Care News by Angels” e-newsletter is ready to read!

In this issue:

  • Older people and their sleep patterns
  • How to protect your family’s health this year with five food safety tips
  • Senior Humor: the Proposal
  • Gadget Corner: Stereo turntable with AM/FM radio; OXO Good Grips Tea Kettle
  • What’s Happening at Visiting Angels: Office staff holiday cheer; January Community Resource Bulletin–Fighting Post-Holiday Depression

Read our January issue today! Prior issues of “Home Care News by Angels” are also available to read back issues.

You MUST visit your aging parents…it’s a new law in China

January 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Interesting elder care news out of China: a new amendment requires adult children to visit their aging parents often, or risk being sued. Parents who feel ignored or abandoned by their adult children can now take them to court. The law does not specify the quantity of visits. This new development is caused by an increase in the aging population, increased life expectancy, and the breakdown of the traditional family in China.

To read more, visit the Huffington Post’s article at http://huff.to/YTJxP7