Archive for February, 2014

Waves of an Elder Widow Brings Smiles to Students and a Special Valentine Surprise

February 26th, 2014 No Comments

Older Woman Waves at Students Everyday and Gets a Surprise

Have you heard the touching story about the older woman in British Columbia who waves and smiles at students walking by her house every day on their way to and from school? It’s gone viral on social media due to its inspirational message. Like many of our home health care clients in New Jersey, Tinny Davidson, 84, lives alone; her husband passed away a couple years ago. Since moving to their home in 2007, the couple had started waving at teens passing by their home to and from their way to school, and she has continued doing so faithfully after his death. Both Mrs. Davidson and the students are mutually blessed by this small act of kindness. Mrs. Davidson said, “I love it. It’s been a fun few years.” Students say, “you can always count on her to have that warm smile on a dreary day” and “she’s one of those people who’s pumping everyone’s attitude up.”

The students expressed their appreciation with a surprise on Valentine’s Day. They invited her to a school assembly and presented her with handmade Valentine cards.

This story illustrates how a seemingly small gesture can spread happiness. Living alone can be extremely lonely for many older people, but Mrs. Davidson has made hundreds of new friends without even leaving her home or saying a word.

Watch the video and be inspired!

Visit Chek News’ website for an update on how the story has gone viral: http://bit.ly/1frhhWQ

How can you care for your loved one when you’re so far away?

February 25th, 2014 No Comments

Long-distance care for your parents in New Jersey

In the U.S. today, people tend to live apart from each other. At some point in their lives, your parents, grandparents or another loved one may need someone to take extra care of them. The National Institute on Aging estimates there are approximately 7 million people who are caring for their loved ones over a long distance.

How do you determine if they need some in-home care assistance? Ask these questions:

  • Does mom need help with walking?
  • Has dad’s physical and/or emotional health been in decline?
  • Can grandma prepare a nutritious meal for herself?
  • Are mom & dad able to manage bills and other finances?
  • Has grandpa been taking his medications on time?
  • Is mom able to drive safely?
  • Does grandma need companionship?
  • Can dad dress and groom himself?

Planning and preparation is key. It’s important to have a family discussion about their care (just be sure your loved one is included in the discussion!). Also, prepare necessary legal and medical documents should there be an emergency. List their medical professionals, hospitals, pharmacies, and any medications they may take. Studies show that as people age, we do better when we remain in our own home. A home health care company close to your parent’s home, such as Visiting Angels in New Jersey, can provide peace of mind to both the care recipient as well as the far-away family member. Home health care employees will come to your parent’s home, helping them with meal preparation, personal care, medication reminders, friendly companionship, and more.

Friday’s Funny: Senior Humor from Visiting Angels

February 21st, 2014 No Comments

Senior Humor

Happy Friday from Visiting Angels! Welcome in the weekend with Friday’s Funny. Visiting Angels celebrates the humor in getting older. Take the time to show this to your parent or other older loved one so they can have a laugh, too!

Are you celebrating National Date Week? The fruit, that is…

February 20th, 2014 No Comments

February 15-22 is National Date Week

Dates are not only delicious and naturally sweet, they’re also nutritious! Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, iron, and potassium. These minerals can help to lower blood pressure. A diet rich in fiber will help the digestive system, helping to avoid constipation and even colon cancer.

Other health benefits targeted to the older population include helping reduce the risk of stroke, helping to prevent hemorrhoids, helping to relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, and reducing the risk of getting colitis.

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe, visit the California Dates website: www.datesaregreat.com/recipes.

 

Take a look at this creative way to listen to Visiting Angels’ home health care testimonials…

February 18th, 2014 No Comments

Visiting Angels’ Home Health Care Audio Testimonials

 

On Valentine’s Day, Visiting Angels’ corporate office posted a creative video on Facebook showing—and telling—how our non-medical home health care services have made a difference in the lives of families across the country. Take a few minutes to watch and listen to these touching testimonials from families, clients, and employee caregivers. Warning: you’ll be craving home made cookies after you watch!

Visit Visiting Angels’ in central New Jersey’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/VisitingAngelsCentralNJ

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2014 No Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day from Visiting Angels in Lawrenceville and Marlton, New Jersey

The weather may be cold and snowy in our area of New Jersey this Valentine’s Day, but our hearts are warmed when we think of the elder clients in our care! We are wishing you and your loved ones all the best today!

Show your older parent or loved one you care by spending quality time with them. Take a look at these tips on some fun Valentine’s Day activities you can do together.

Night Driving: 8 Tips for Seniors

February 12th, 2014 No Comments

Night Driving Tips for Seniors

Do you dread driving at night? Do your older parents dread it? For those over 50, the darkness, glare and temporary “blindness” from oncoming car headlights can make even a short trip intimidating. Don’t fall for the “night vision” glasses, as they actually impair your vision. So can anything be done to make driving at night less stressful? Take a look at these 8 night driving tips for seniors for help.

Visiting Angels jingle…you know you want to hear it again!

February 11th, 2014 No Comments

Visiting Angels In Home Health Care Jingle

Our jingle is so catchy! If you haven’t heard it before, click the video and crank up the sound. While you’re listening, you’ll see some quotes from our happy families throughout the New Jersey area, too. Read the full home care reviews from families in Hamilton, Pennington, Trenton, Lawrenceville, and Beverly on our testimonial page.

Gentle Exercises for Seniors: Tai Chi and Yoga

February 7th, 2014 No Comments

Gentle Exercises for Older People

When you think of exercising, do you think of being breathless and perspiring a lot? Do you think of heavy weights, fast aerobic moves, or clunky machines? Exercising doesn’t always have to be high energy, exhausting, or painful. For older people the low-impact exercises found in Tai Chi and yoga will help improve their level of fitness. These exercises can help tremendously with strength and balance in seniors.

Read more!

Go Red for Women Friday, February 7th

February 6th, 2014 No Comments

Wear Red on Friday, February 7th!

Friday, February 7th is Go Red for Women day across the country. This day is to bring awareness to the #1 killer of women–heart disease, which is more deadly than all types of cancer combined. We at Visiting Angels in NJ encourage everyone to wear red on Friday!
  • 90 percent of all women have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease
  • 1 in 3 deaths each year in women are from heart disease, while 1 in 31 are from breast cancer
  • Women are less likely to call 911 for themselves than they would for another person
  • About 43 million U.S. women are affected by heart disease each year
  • Even though heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S., only 1 in 5 women think it’s their greatest threat to their health

Visit www.goredforwomen.org for more information.