Posts Tagged ‘News’

New hair products soon to be on the market specifically for aging hair…

November 26th, 2012 No Comments

With the baby boomer demographic becoming older, we knew it wouldn’t take long for all types of mainstream products to be specifically aimed at the growing aging population. Proctor and Gamble has developed a line of hair products for women designed to counteract 7 signs of aging hair. A study showed those signs are thinning, dull color, breakage, split ends, being dry, frizz, and out-of-control grays. For those of us in elder care New Jersey, we’re looking forward to more and more products directed toward the older market.

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Another state legalized “driverless cars”–promising news for seniors who would benefit

October 9th, 2012 1 Comment

California recently approved legalization of a “driverless car,” the third state to do so (Nevada and Florida are the other two states). These cars of the future, developed by Google and major automobile companies, may be the answer for seniors who wish to remain independent, even though they realize they shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a traditional car. While these innovative cars are being developed, advanced technology in current new cars has been beefed up, helping older drivers.

Examples of new technology that helps seniors:

  • Headlights that automatically adjust to improve night vision and decrease glare
  • Emergency response systems enable emergency responders to quickly arrive
  • Rear-view cameras help people see what’s behind them without them having to physically turn around
  • Blind spot detection helps when changing lanes
  • Parallel parking assistance
  • Warning devices to alert drowsy drivers
  • Crash warning systems to alert drivers of an impending collision

For further details, read the US News & World Report story on Yahoo at

Photo credit: MorgueFile by enfinite5


Mercer County proposes legislation for “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community” program…

August 28th, 2012 No Comments

Seniors who live in a “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community” (NORC) throughout Mercer County, NJ, may receive elder care help if legislation passes. A NORC is any community in which seniors inhabit over 50% of the homes or apartments. As residents in a community age, but do not move to another location, a senior community is naturally developed. In Mercer County, Park Place Apartments in Ewing is one local example.

Legislation for a program in Mercer County has been proposed to help these NORCs with offering health screenings, medication management, mental health screenings, nursing on-site, shopping assistance, etc. If successful, it would be offered state-wide.

For more about the program, read the article:


Think spelling bees are just for kids? W-r-o-n-g!

August 14th, 2012 No Comments

Over the past weekend, older adults from across the country gathered in Wyoming to compete in a national spelling bee sponsored by AARP. Since 1996, senior spellers across the nation have participated in this event. The goal of the event is to promote the idea of seniors keeping their minds sharp as they age. This year, the winner, Michael Petrina Jr., 67, received $1000 and a 5-year membership to AARP. Read more at The Washington Post

National Alzheimer’s Plan announced…

May 16th, 2012 1 Comment

Promising NJ elder care news for all affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

On Tuesday, May 15, the Obama Administration released the National Alzheimer’s Plan. This plan shows the nation’s commitment to fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Its main goal is to find successful ways to treat and prevent the disease by 2025. Other goals include expanding support for those with Alzheimer’s and their families, enhancing public awareness, optimizing quality of care and efficiency, and tracking progress and improvements.Visit the government’s new web site at to learn more.

Driverless Google Car–the future of transportation for seniors?

May 9th, 2012 No Comments

With the announcement recently that Nevada has approved a license for Google to drive its “autonomous vehicles,” we are wondering what will the future will bring for NJ elder care. The car uses video cameras, laser range finder, and radio sensors, allowing the car to literally drive itself, without human assistance. The computer-driven concept has already gone over 200,000 miles safely. 

As our bodies age, our driving abilities may lessen due to various health/physical issues, diminished eyesight, slower reaction time, decreased hearing, and/or memory issues. Seniors tend to either give up driving altogether, or drive only very limited amounts. They may rely on others to take them places or take public transportation to get them from point A to point B, or they just stay home. The self-driving car may be just the answer! A visually-impaired older man is shown driving the car in a YouTube video (go to to view the video and read the story on It’s exciting to think about the independence this will bring to so many older adults (Visiting Angels NJ can also help seniors maintain their independence!).

Check out this special “Mother’s Day gift” for our Co-Owner, Nora de Cárdenas…

May 9th, 2012 No Comments

Check out this special “Mother’s Day gift” for our home care NJ Managing Director and Co-Owner, Nora de Cárdenas. She writes:

“So proud of my son Paul. He is a Latino with the heart, dedication and Ivy League credentials (Yale Law School) to succeed in fulfilling his lifelong passion of giving back to, and being active in, his community … locally, nationally, internationally. Watch him explain it in his own words on this terrific promo video he was invited to do for ‘The Voice of Today’s Latinos'”.

I AM Changing The World – Paul Rodriguez. Paul describes what growing up a Cuban American meant to him, why…

Older Americans: never too old to play!

May 2nd, 2012 No Comments

This May, we’re celebrating Older Americans Month. The theme this year is “Never Too Old To Play!” We appreciate seniors in our community and know we can all benefit from their knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Read more about Older Americans Month. You’ll also be directed to a link to download fun activities (crossword puzzles and trivia).

The last known WWI veteran has died…

February 9th, 2012 No Comments

Last known WWI Veteran

NJ Senior Care | Florence Green, 110, was the last known veteran of WWI. She died on Saturday in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, according to the BBC. Green was a waitress in the Woman’s Royal Air Force in 1918, at the age of 17. She served her country at the home front. [More on this story at].

We at Visiting Angels salute all veterans, especially those who served our country during wartime. These brave people may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance home care benefit. Please look into our special Veterans Program. Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties provides qualifying Veterans and their widowed spouses with home care at no cost—well before they are awarded their Veterans’ home care benefit from the government.


What age do you consider to be “old”?

January 6th, 2012 No Comments

A new telephone survey commissioned by a senior home care company asked people at what age they considered a person to be “old.” The results varied according to the age of the person questioned:

  • Millennials (those born in the 1980s and 1990s) say 62
  • Generation X (those born between 1964 and 1970) think 71 years
  • Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) believe 77 is the beginning of old age
  • The Greatest Generation (those who lived through the Great Depression and WWII): 81 hits the old age mark

Regardless of which “old” you are–Visiting Angels NJ can be there for you with excellent Home Care NJ when needed!