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5 Tips About Having A Conversation With Your Older Parents

January 20th, 2016 No Comments

Starting a Conversation with Your Loved Ones About Aging

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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.

Are you a baby boomer? Get excited about products geared just for you (once they’re invented)…

September 17th, 2013 No Comments

Baby boomers to change products offered to seniors

The baby boomer market is about to pop wide open, according to a new article by Bloomberg.com. With 8,000 boomers turning 65 each day, advertisers and product developers are on a quest to cash in on this burgeoning segment of the U.S. population.

This is an astounding statistic: in 2017, about half of the U.S. population will be over 50 and will control 70% of the nation’s disposable income. What does this mean for boomers who refuse to age the way their parents’ generation has? The product possibilities are endless. However, as the article states, it’s not been an easy path in developing products for this aging market–without developing products specifically geared toward seniors (canes, emergency alert pendants, grab bars, and adult incontinence products, for example). Emotionally, seniors don’t want–and will avoid–products that are made specifically for “seniors”.

Myths about older buyers

  • It’s a myth that older people don’t buy new products — more than 40% of Apple products are purchased by boomers)
  • It’s a myth that people over 50 are one big group — there’s quite a difference between a 55-year-old’s and a 95-year-old’s needs
  • It’s a myth that seniors don’t spend — as the boomers overtake the older, more frugal generation before them, they show no signs of giving up their spending habits

Read the full article on Bloomberg.com by visiting http://bloom.bg/167vSt1

 

 

 

 

It was a busy December for NJ Senior Care!

January 4th, 2012 No Comments


The holidays and vacation schedules didn’t slow down our home care NJ offices in Mercer and Burlington Counties, NJ! Rudy Tervooren, Visiting Angels’ Managing Director and Co-owner, was hard at work in the month of December attending numerous initial client meetings and making referral/client visits. While Rudy was bringing in the clients, Nora de Cárdenas, Managing Director and Co-owner (along with Karen Paul, Client Care Associate), was busy matching our professional, caring aides to our new clients, as well as maintaining the schedules and well-being of our existing care recipients.

We are the experts on elder care New Jersey. If you would like to book an eldercare presentation, please call Rudy at 609-883-8188 or email him at rudy@njseniorcare.com.

It’s a New Year…time to be prepared for emergencies!

January 3rd, 2012 No Comments

In the New Year, people tend to make resolutions such as losing weight, saving money, working out more, etc. Why not make a resolution to prepare for emergencies? Seniors, along with the rest of us, need to be prepared. Last year we had snowstorms and even a hurricane in New Jersey. What will 2012 bring? We may hope for the best, but it’s wise to prepare for the worst!

Our January Community Resource bulletin will help you ring in the New Year by being prepared!

Check out our new Angel Home Care Newsetter…

December 5th, 2011 No Comments

The new issue of our “Angel Home Care News” is full of great information related to the holidays. Read these articles specific to the holiday season: tips on how to help seniors feel happier, tips for family caregivers, festive activities that everyone will enjoy, cool gadgets that will make fun gifts, and a delicious cranberry sauce recipe sure to please…and more! Check out this terrific senior care resource by clicking here. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Over 65? There are more of you than ever, according to 2010 Census…

December 1st, 2011 No Comments

If you’re over the age of 65, you’re in good company. Seniors over the age of 65 has grown 5 million since the 2000 Census–40.3 million–making this the fastest growing group. As baby boomers age, the trend will continue. Read the CNN story at http://bit.ly/YAFVOJ.

Check out our latest “Angel Home Care News” e-newsletter…

November 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Our November issue of the Angel Home Care News is ready for viewing! In this issue, read about Alzheimer’s Screening Day, diabetes awareness, cool gadgets (a purse that doubles as a digital photo frame!), and some really funny senior humor. Don’t miss it! Read Angel Home Care News today!

Are you and your home prepared for winter? Read these tips to help…

November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Last weekend in New Jersey, winter arrived early! Many of us found ourselves unprepared for the blast of winter weather which left many without power for hours and even days. How prepared were you? Did you have fresh batteries, were your candles easy to find, were your snow shovels accessible? Did you check on your senior parents and neighbors to make sure they were prepared? With this brief window between now and the official start of winter, take the time to go through a checklist. Be prepared! Read Visiting Angels’ co-founder, Jeffrey Johnson’s article/checklist by visiting http://bit.ly/uJR8GR.

Boomers, would you get a baby boomer license plate?

October 24th, 2011 No Comments

If you live in Massachusetts, you may soon be able to purchase a license plate designed specifically for the baby boom generation, those born between 1946 and 1964. The plates would have a design that represents that generation (a contest will determine the winner). The proceeds would benefit senior care services for the state. Read the Huffington Post article here: http://huff.to/r4Qf4r.