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Visiting Angels reminds you to set your clocks back…

November 5th, 2016 No Comments

Daylight saving time endsDaylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6

It’s that time of year again in New Jersey and throughout the country…time to turn the clocks back an hour on Saturday night. What does this mean for those seniors who may suffer from Alzheimer’s or other dementia? With the shorter hours of daylight, your loved one may experience more intense bouts of sundown syndrome, which is confusion and agitation occurring around the time the sun starts to set. To help minimize the sun-downing effects, try to keep them from taking naps during the day, and make sure they get lots of daylight throughout the day.

5 Tips About Having A Conversation With Your Older Parents

January 20th, 2016 No Comments

Starting a Conversation with Your Loved Ones About Aging

Home health care in Mecer and Burlington New Jersey Counties Visiting Angels

If you observed your older parents at gatherings during the holidays, you may have noticed they’re starting to need a little more help than they used to. After ringing in the New Year, maybe you’re thinking it’s time to have a talk with your aging loved ones about a long-term care plan as they age. You certainly don’t want to spend this year continually worrying about their safety and well-being as they go through each day on their own.

For years, our parents were there for us and gave their support during life’s most challenging moments. Now it’s our time to be there for them during their most challenging moments. Whether you’ve noticed your loved ones needing help with day-to-day care (such as dressing, grooming, bathing), if they’re not preparing food or eating enough, if they’re forgetting to take their medications, or if their housekeeping is falling behind, this conversation will spark mixed emotions. Just keep in mind that it’s better to start the conversation now, before it’s too late.

Big life changes may be in store for your loved ones, so plan to have more than one conversation before a crisis situation happens (such as a sudden major fall or debilitating illness) which will impair their ability to function on their own. Below are five ways to help navigate through these conversations.

  • 1. Timing is everything. Plan to talk to your loved ones when there are no distractions or other obligations. For example, the middle of family dinner is probably not the right occasion for this discussion. A good time could be during a morning visit with your parents when they don’t have many activities planned for the day.
  • 2. Share your observations, concerns and feelings. Maybe you’ve noticed that Dad is having trouble getting work done around the house, or Mom is no longer able to keep up with laundry and cooking. Addressing these topics with loved ones can be difficult, but it’s important they know that you care. If you’ve notice your loved one is having trouble, stay persistent, empathetic, and strong as you work with them to find the right solution.
  • 3. Listen to their concerns and wishes. Make a list of your loved one’s concerns so that you’re able to validate them and help guide you both in finding the most appropriate solutions based on their preferences. Understanding the type of lifestyle they wish to maintain can help with planning and lead to positive outcomes.
  • 4. Being an advocate. Emphasize that you’re there to take care of their needs and that they can depend on you. Ensure them that you want to maintain their way of life and need their help to make the best decisions.
  • 5. End the conversation with a plan. Having a plan in place helps to make sure that there are set shared expectations around the next steps. In the event of an emergency your family will be prepared for the next steps.

If you are still uneasy about having a conversation with your parents and need the support and guidance of a professional, Visiting Angels can help. Visiting Angels’ services allow your loved ones to remain independent safely in their own homes. Our Angels are trained to provide a range of in-home, non-medical home care services—including meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship, hygiene assistance, medication reminders, personal care assistance, and safety supervision throughout Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey. For more information or to schedule our services, call 609-833-8188.

Happy New Year from Visiting Angels, serving Mercer & Burlington Counties in NJ!

January 1st, 2015 No Comments

New Year Wishes from Visiting Angels in Central New Jersey!

Happy New Year from Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care

May your world be filled with joy,
health and good cheer…
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

From Everyone at Visiting Angels
Serving all of Mercer & Burlington Counties

How to help seniors enjoy the holiday season: read these 6 great tips…

December 24th, 2014 No Comments

6 Great Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays

Older adults have special challenges during the holiday season–the holidays can be an emotional drain as well as a physical drain. Depression, confusion, and stress can come calling. Below are some tips on how to help seniors through this potentially tough time.

  • Reminisce: Get out the photo album, listen to old records, watch family movies, tell some stories of holidays past. Sharing memories can be powerful for the aging adult.
  • Plan for Alone Time: Set aside a room or area in which the senior can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the family.
  • Include the Elder: Try to include the senior in as many family activities as they can handle, such as setting out flatware, folding napkins, and other helpful tasks. This will give them a sense of purpose.
  • Connect: Since loneliness can cause depression, it’s very important for seniors to connect with others during the holiday season. Go out of your way to visit and talk with older people in your life.
  • Get Some Sun: To avoid seasonal affective disorder (SAD), increase seniors’ exposure to outside light.
  • Make New Memories: Older adults love having something to look forward to, so plan to make some new memories with them.

For more holiday tips, visit our resource page on Stress-Free Holidays.

Happy Mother’s Day from Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care!

May 11th, 2014 No Comments

Happy Mothers Day from Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels wishes
Mothers everywhere
a very happy Mother’s Day!

All the best to you on your special day!

Whether near or far, take time to honor your mother today.

3 reasons women aren’t prepared for their retirement years…

November 19th, 2013 No Comments

Women face distinct challenges in retirement years

As more and more women enter retirement years, they are realizing their financial resources are lacking. Typically, women in the work force have earned less than men, and many have moved in and out of the work force over the years, leaving their financial nest egg lacking. Many women fear outliving their savings, regardless of income. Women have higher rates of disability and chronic health issues and are more likely to need long-term elder care as they age.

  • 1. Women typically live longer. Women aged 65 this year can expect to live to age 86, so that’s 20+ years of living off their nest egg.
  • 2. Women have invested too conservatively. Many women haven’t invested as aggressively in the stock market as their male counterparts.
  • 3. Women tend to distrust financial advisers. A senior vice president at E-Trade, Lena Haas, reports that women ranked the financial industry last in a 60-industry list, even below used car salesmen.

Women are encouraged to:

  • have a retirement plan
  • have an estate plan
  • consider long-term care insurance
  • review investment plans
  • attend educational group financial planning sessions
  • educate themselves about various aspects of retirement

For more, read the USA article at http://usat.ly/1cFgimf.

Study shows singing show tunes helps those with dementia…

November 14th, 2013 No Comments

Singing Familiar Show Tunes Helps Those With Dementia

A new study has shown singing show tunes has helped raise cognitive abilities of people who have dementia. Nursing home residents were involved in the study. One half of the group participated in singing show tunes, while the other half just listened. The half who sang showed improvement in a cognitive exam. The group met three times a week for 50 minute sessions. While singing is definitely not a cure for dementia, it’s an activity that has been proven to engage and help those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. It’s also an activity in which we can participate with our loved one; it’s fun and doesn’t cost much. So break out the show tunes recordings and start singing!

To read more on this story, go to http://cbsn.ws/17wrjsy.