Archive for June, 2017

How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues

June 28th, 2017 No Comments

How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues - Visiting Angels, NJ Senior Care

Summer Respiratory Issues for Seniors

Summer is upon us, and long days of sunshine, friends, and outdoor activities have arrived. If you have respiratory problems, though, summer can be a difficult season rather than a comfortable one. Thankfully, there are ways to survive and thrive during the summer months—respiratory issues or no respiratory issues!

How Summer Affects Respiratory Conditions

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia are three of the most common respiratory conditions affecting seniors today. Unfortunately, summertime conditions can inflame all three.

In fact, top research facilities such as Johns Hopkins have released various studies showing a correlation between rising outdoor temperatures and an increased risk of hospitalization in seniors suffering from respiratory disorders.

The reasons for this are many, although two of the most complicating factors are related conditions and prescription medication.

While heat quickly exacerbates related conditions such as obesity and diabetes, prescription medications such as diuretics make it difficult to adapt to the heat and can result in medical emergencies for seniors with respiratory conditions.

What’s more, hot temperatures lead to an increased demand on the lungs, which can easily aggravate respiratory conditions.

3 Tips for Staying Safe During the Summer Season

If you suffer from a respiratory condition, stay safe this summer by following these simple tips:

  • Try to stay inside during the hottest hours of the day. Hot, humid air can trigger flare-ups of conditions such as COPD. With this in mind, try to stay inside, or in another cool place, when outside temperatures soar above 90 degrees.
  • Avoid dust, smoke, and pollution. As much as you can, avoid smoky, dusty, or polluted outdoor environments this summer. Air contaminated by debris irritates the lungs and makes respiratory conditions worse.
  • Don’t go outside on high-humidity days. High levels of humidity make many respiratory conditions worse. Seniors with these conditions should avoid going outside when the humidity levels are high, since pollution levels are also worse on these days.

Caring for yourself during the summer months is critical, and being aware of how hot temperatures affect respiratory conditions is just one part of this. For more information, contact Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care today!

Invest In Your Health & Gain 12 Benefits from Walking Daily

June 23rd, 2017 No Comments

Active Seniors Walking - New Jersey Senior CareFor seniors, walking promotes independent living

Visiting Angels has a sure-fire recommendation to help you feel better and live a healthier life: Invest in your health by taking a half-hour walk every day. This simple exercise promotes physical strength and agility – genuine investments in your future ability to remain independent.

Walking daily offers other benefits, including:

  • Increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke
  • Reduced risk of developing colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Relief of arthritis symptoms and back pain
  • Strengthens bones and forestalls onset of osteoporosis
  • Promotes mental strength, including memory retention and reasoning abilities
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Increases self-confidence and decreases symptoms of stress and depression
  • Makes for a better night’s sleep
  • Gives the entire body a boost
  • Helps with weight control, especially when you walk after meals

Walking is an inexpensive, simple, and tremendously beneficial activity for seniors, and you’re never too old to receive the benefits from regular physical exercise. When you consider that the greatest profit from daily walks is the advantage of maintaining an independent lifestyle, this simple exercise becomes the foundation of a long-term health plan. And the more you walk, the higher return you’ll reap both mentally and physically.

If walking is difficult, and you need assistance for a daily walk and other activities, call Visiting Angels in New Jersey at 609-883-8188. We’re here to help you invest in your independent future. Whatever your senior living needs, we’ll work along side you to keep you in your home. If you or your loved ones need assisted living at home, call us today.

Bordentown, NJ Senior Home Care Review

June 22nd, 2017 No Comments

Visiting Angels Home Care Reviews NJBordentown, NJ Home Care Review

We recently received a wonderful testimonial from the daughter of one of our dear clients in Bordentown.

“My mother is now 86-years-old with many back problems. After my mother’s stay in a rehabilitation center for 2 months, we needed someone to be able to help us out with mom’s care. Visiting Angels has been just that! Each Angel that we’ve had for Mom has been nothing but kind, caring, and pleasant. There is one Visiting Angel who has been with Mom 2 days a week now for months; her name is Sue. Sue is one of the gentlest, kindest, most caring people anyone could have asked for. Sue has also become our family’s good friend. She is the best!” —Susan, Bordentown, NJ

Keep Safe This Summer!

June 21st, 2017 No Comments

Summer Safety for New Jersey Seniors

Today marks the first official day of summer, and the New Jersey weather is cooperating. It’s a beautiful day, filled with glorious sunshine. Along with sunshine, blue skies, and flowers, summer days bring summer hazards, too. This month’s Community Resource Bulletin focuses on summer safety for seniors, in recognition of National Safety Month.

Summer’s hazards include poison dangers, fireworks dangers, and falling dangers. In our Community Resource Bulletin, we give tips on what to look out for and how to prevent many of these summer dangers.

Download our June Summer Safety Month for Seniors Community Resource Bulletin.

Have a great summer!

 

How Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect the Body and the Brain?

June 12th, 2017 No Comments

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association urges Americans to become familiar with the risks and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, and to become involved in the effort to raise awareness for this deadly disease, which kills more people than both breast and prostate cancer combined.

How Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect the Brain?

Although it is often mistakenly attributed to the aging process and memory loss, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that targets healthy brain and nerve tissue, eventually leading to cell death and brain shrinkage over time. As the disease progresses it begins to impact cognitive function, impairing the ability to think and process memories.

How Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect the Body?

As it neural function declines, it also begins to impair the brain’s ability to regulate motor skills and physical activities. The earlier stages generally affect cognition and memory, but over time the damage spreads to the areas of the brain responsible for walking, balance and coordination, and swallowing. It may appear that a person suffering from advanced stage Alzheimer’s Disease may be choosing not to eat, but it can actually become physically impossible for them to do so as the brain loses the ability to effectively communicate with the body.

Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

While there is currently no cure for or way to reverse the disease, researchers are constantly working on developing new medication and treatment options to help reverse cognitive decline and deterioration. Treatment is focused on a comprehensive approach that may include medication to help regulate the neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for healthy brain function, as well as occupational and physical therapy to help patients and their families manage symptoms as they develop, and to help maintain the patient’s quality of life for as long as possible.

After the Diagnosis – Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

The disease affects everyone differently. For most people, maintaining their personal independence for as long as is safely possible is the ultimate goal. The Alzheimer’s Society recommends a number of memory aid strategies, as well as assistive technology and equipment to help make the home or care environment as accessible and safe as possible.

Personal and Home Assistance Care in New Jersey

For more information on the risk factors, warning signs, and care options for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, contact us today by calling 609-883-8188 to learn more about our services in Mercer and Burlington counties.


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The week before Father’s Day is Men’s Health Week; 13 screenings for men 50+

June 8th, 2017 No Comments

The Week Before Father’s Day is Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week brings awareness to the health issues men have which may be prevented. As men get older, it’s important for them to be more proactive in protecting their health; early detection is key. Screenings go a long way in detecting potential problems.

As men age, in addition to health screenings, note that exercise and eating healthy foods can help men’s bodies resist disease, increase energy levels, boost immunity, recover faster, heighten mental sharpness, and manage chronic health issues better.

In May 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a bill which established National Men’s Health Week. “Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” —Congressman Bill Richardson, May 1994


13 Health Screenings for Men 50 and Older:

  • Physical Examination every year
  • Blood Pressure taken every year
  • TB Skin Test every five years
  • Blood Tests and Urinalysis every year; these tests can detect high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney function, and thyroid function
  • EKG every year to detect heart abnormalities
  • Tetanus Booster every ten years
  • Rectal Exam every year; screens for colon and prostate cancer, lower rectal problems, and hemorroids
  • PSA Blood Test every year; checks Prostate Specific Antigen levels
  • Hemoccult Screen every year; screens the stool for early indication of colon cancer or polyps
  • Colorectal Health every three-four years; examines for cancer and polyps
  • Chest X-Ray when indicated by a physician
  • Bone Health Screen when indicated by a physician
  • Testosterone Screening when indicated by a physician

Schedule a visit with your health care professional today. For more information about Men’s Health Week/Month, visit www.MensHealthMonth.org.

June issue of Home Care News by Angels is now ready!

June 1st, 2017 No Comments

Visiting Angels’ June Newsletter

Don’t miss the June edition of Home Care News by Angels.

In this issue:

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June’s “Angel” Employee Spotlight

June 1st, 2017 1 Comment

Angels Who Soar June 2017

We appreciate and value our home care field employees! Every month we spotlight them as Angels Who Soar. This June, we are highlighting Fatumata B. and Lakeya K.

Fatumata B. is a newer employee to Visiting Angels, but she’s proven that’s she’s meant to work in the caregiving profession. Fatumata has gotten outstanding praise from our clients who have remarked that she is a great fit for the home care field; the work required seems to come naturally to her. She is a true Angel at heart!

Lakeya K. has been with Visiting Angels since 2013. She has an effervescent personality and passes her bubbliness onto her clients! Lakeya helps improve the quality our clients’ lives continually. We’re grateful to have her at Visiting Angels.

Read more Angels Who Soar.

Are you a NJ-licensed CHHA who is interested in working for Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties? Apply online today!