Happy Friday from Visiting Angels NJ! We bring you more senior humor to give you a chuckle and a smile.
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Friday’s Funny…humor to brighten your day
In The News: Oldest Man to Reach the Summit of Mt. Everest
Did you hear about the Japanese man who reached the summit of Mt. Everest? He’s the oldest man ever to do so. Yuichiro Miura is an 80 year old who, in the past, has had four heart surgeries, a fractured thigh, and a broken pelvis. He was accompanied by his son, 43, and a team of eight other climbers. It’s his third time climbing Mt. Everest, and is planning on climbing again when he’s 85. Another climber from Nepal, Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, plans to beat Miura’s record of being the oldest to reach the top. Visiting Angels NJ salutes these octogenarians on their passion for life!
To read more, go to the ABC news story at http://abcn.ws/14CgQGS
Visiting Angels Newsletter…ready to view!
Our latest issue of Home Care News by Angels is ready to read. In this issue, read about:
- How To Express Your Love Without Saying A Word
- Tips To Keep Your Hearing Healthy
- Gadget Corner: Folding Travel Chair; Corinthian Bells Wind Chimes
- Senior Humor: Aging Woes
- Angel Recipes: Salmon Teriyaki with Mango Sauce
- Older Americans Month
Do you have old, unused medicine? How to dispose of it…
For those of us in elder care New Jersey, we probably all have unused or outdated medications in our cabinets, but we’ve been warned not to just toss them out. So what’s the right thing to do with our unused drugs?
According to the FDA, precautions should be taken:
- Don’t flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless the drug specifically says to do so
- Take the medicine to a community take-back day when one is scheduled
- If no take-back program is happening in your area and there are no instructions on the label to the contrary, you may dispose of them in the trash. Before placing in the trash,
- Remove them from their container and mix them in with something unpleasant like cat litter or old coffee grounds; this will make it less appealing to anyone going through the trash
- Place this mixture in a resealable bag to prevent leakage
- On empty prescription containers, cross out any information which identifies you and your health condition
- Never give you own medications to your friends or family
- If in doubt about how to dispose of any drug, consult your pharmacist
Read more at the FDA: http://1.usa.gov/YMbuaw
Tips on how to get your older parent to use a cane or walker…
Is your older parent refusing to use a cane or walker–even though using one would make their stability so much better? Their main objection, it seems, is “canes and walkers are for old people!” They don’t want to be embarrassed by having to admit they need help walking. For those of us who want the best NJ elder care for their parent, it can be frustrating trying to get them to even consider the idea of using one.
The following are some tips to help convince them to use an assistive device.
- Don’t suddenly force the device upon your parent; it may take some time
- Try different tactics: appeal to their sensibilities, flatter them, suggest a compromise, make a deal, etc.
- Take them to see a physical therapist for an assessment; perhaps they will listen to a professional
- Point to friends or acquaintances who use a cane or walker
- When shopping for one, let them choose the “model” to fit their personality–bright colors, metallic, decals
- Let your parent complain and fuss all they want; they may eventually concede
- Have them use it around the house at first; as they realize how much more stable they are using it, they may come to rely on it elsewhere
Check out Caring.com for other ideas http://bit.ly/10yo1em.
Have you heard the Visiting Angels jingle? Check it out! (You’ll be singing it in your head all day)
Roll the music! Today we had clients comment on how catchy our jingle is; they commented how it stayed in their heads. We challenge you to not think of it after listening! Click on the image below to hear it…and think of “Visiting Angels, America’s Choice in Home Care”!
Friday’s Funny…senior humor to give you a smile…
Family caregivers, have you had a rough week providing NJ elder care for your loved one? We thought this bit of humor would help give you a smile. From all of us at Visiting Angels, have a great weekend!
Today’s Inspiration for Family Caregivers
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Want to live longer—and healthier? These tips may help…
What’s the secret to living a long and healthy life? Healthy choices can help long before NJ elder care is needed. An article from WebMd offers tips to help keep your body going strong for years.
- Healthy diet--eat food rich in nutrients and limit your sweets and fatty foods. Plan your meals before you start feeling hungry and grab the chips from the pantry. Try to use healthy ingredients in recipes instead of unhealthy choices (use egg whites instead of egg yolks, for example). Eat smaller portions. Eat more slowly.
- Exercise–Getting at least 2-1/2 hours of moderate exercise per week is the goal. Do anything that increases your heart rate, such as walking, doing housework or yard work, playing sports. Exercise regularly by finding activities you like to do so you’ll keep doing those activities. Don’t burn out by starting quickly and fading out.
- Quit smoking–Even if you’ve smoked for years, quitting now is very beneficial to your health. For example, a year without smoking will cut your chances of heart disease in half
To read more, go to the WebMD article at http://bit.ly/ffCp2h
Family caregivers, is your loved one too thin? Check out healthy, high calorie foods…
Family caregivers, is your older parent getting tired of you telling them to eat more because he or she is too thin? If your loved one is underweight, chances are they are frail as well. Frailty can lead to falls and other problems related to strength, so the goal is to “put some meat on their bones” to help prevent these issues. You want them to eat high calorie foods, but ones which are healthy, as well. Visiting Angels NJ suggests some healthy, delicious high calorie foods:
- Nuts: these contain beneficial fats and antioxidants and are high in protein; about 400 calories in 1/2 cup of almonds
- Granola: since this contains oil, nuts, and sugar, the calorie content can is about 500 calories in each cup
- Guacamole: avocados are rich in nutrients and good fat (a medium avocado contains about 275 calories); combined with tomatoes, onion, seasoning, and lime juice produces delicious guacamole
- Dried Fruit: because they normally have a coating of sugar, the calorie count increase; about 350 calories in a cup of mixed fruit
- Peanut Butter: Low in cholesterol and high in protein; about 100 calories per spoonful
- Cheese: High in calcium and protein; about 100 calories per slice of cheddar cheese