Posts Tagged ‘In the News’

You MUST visit your aging parents…it’s a new law in China

January 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Interesting elder care news out of China: a new amendment requires adult children to visit their aging parents often, or risk being sued. Parents who feel ignored or abandoned by their adult children can now take them to court. The law does not specify the quantity of visits. This new development is caused by an increase in the aging population, increased life expectancy, and the breakdown of the traditional family in China.

To read more, visit the Huffington Post’s article at http://huff.to/YTJxP7

 

 

New study shows why older people are more trusting…and more open to scams

December 5th, 2012 2 Comments

According to the FTC, 80% of scam victims in the U.S. are over the age of 65. A new study from UCLA and funded by the National Institute on Aging shows why older people may fall prey to scams than do younger people. The study showed photos of faces to two groups. One group was comprised of 119 older people, ages 55-84. The other group had 24 younger people, ages 20-42. They were asked to rank the photos as Trustworthy, Neutral, or Untrustworthy. The photos were judged according to insincere smiles, averted eyes, smirky mouths, etc.

The anterior insula in the brain is what detects untrustworthiness or shiftiness. Interestingly, in the older group, the anterior insula showed little activation when looking at an untrustworthy-looking face, whereas the younger group’s anterior insula became very active. This can help explain why older adults tend to see the positive in people and tend to trust individuals who aren’t trustworthy.

At Visiting Angels NJ, you can rest assured our home care aides can be trusted. We thoroughly screen and have background checks on each aide.

For more on this study, read the story on Wired.com http://bit.ly/R7PSUW.

1948 U.S. Olympians featured…

July 31st, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels - In The NewsThe New York Times has compiled a stunning photo/audio gallery of U.S. Olympians from 1948. 1948 is significant because it was the last time London hosted the Olympics. This was after a 12-year gap due to World War II. London was still engaging in food-rationing and the city itself had endured years of bombings, and there were no new facilities built for neither the games nor the participants. We salute these aging Olympic athletes!

Go to the New York Times feature by going to http://bit.ly/1948Olympians.

 

 

Farewell, Dick Clark…

April 19th, 2012 No Comments

Today the U.S. is celebrating the life of Dick Clark, who died yesterday at the age of 82. Dubbed the “World’s Oldest Teenager” thanks to his youthful looks, Clark had an illustrious career. Many boomers will remember him most for “American Bandstand,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve,” and the “$25,000 Pyramid” game show. Clark died of a massive heart attack. He had a stroke in 2004 which required elder care and had also suffered with type 2 diabetes. We’ll miss you, Dick Clark!

Christopher Plummer, age 82, wins Oscar…

February 27th, 2012 1 Comment

NJSeniorCare.com | Last night was a great night for Christopher Plummer, who at the age of 82, became the oldest Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor in the film “Beginnings.” Plummer has been in the movie business for over 50 years. One of his notable roles was Captain Von Trapp in 1965’s “The Sound of Music.” Before Plummer, George Burns won his Oscar at age 80, as was Jessica Tandy when she won hers for “Driving Miss Daisy.” Plummer doesn’t plan to stop acting. He’s an inspiration for all seniors who have a passion for what they do…age isn’t an issue!

Will you be watching Andy Rooney’s last regular appearance on 60 Minutes?

September 29th, 2011 No Comments

Andy Rooney is an inspiration! He’s been appearing on 60 Minutes since July of 1978, when he was in his late 50s. At the age of 92, he’s decided to retire from the program after giving 1097 essays. In his lifetime, Rooney has been a journalist, writer and WWII veteran. Read the full AP story (http://bit.ly/nw4puB).

If you know someone from the “Greatest Generation” (as is Andy Rooney) who served in WWII or is a widow of a veteran (from central New Jersey), they may be eligible for our special Veterans Program which provides our senior home care at no cost to the veteran or veteran’s widow.

Seth Rogan Discusses Alzheimer’s On CNN

April 28th, 2011 1 Comment

Actor Seth Rogan, along with his finacee, Lauren Miller, will appear on “A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic.” The CNN special airs Sunday at 8:00 p.m. EST. Miller’s mother, age 59, has Alzheimer’s. The couple discuss how Alzheimer’s not only affects the patient, but also the family and friends, many of whom are unpaid caregivers. Rogan told CNN, “I think until you see it firsthand, it’s kind of hard to conceive of how brutal it is.”

Read the full story on CNN.com and watch a video clip of Rogan and Miller by going to http://bit.ly/fqmoQH.

Check out our Resources Page for a wide variety of Alzheimer’s-specific information.

Dementia in the News

February 23rd, 2011 No Comments

In The News: 91-Year Old Shoots Caregiver Daughter

The tragic story of a man suffering with dementia who shot his caregiver daughter in the stomach is making news today. Investigators say the WWII veteran got confused and pulled a gun on his daughter as she was helping him use a urinal during the overnight hours. The family did not realize a gun was still in the home; they had not seen it for seven years. The 61-year-old daughter is in the hospital fighting for her life. Visit http://bit.ly/e39Loi for the full story.

 

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

August 19th, 2010 No Comments

Bed bugs have been making the news lately. A movie theater in Times Square was recently closed down to treat an infestation. An apartment building in Fort Worth, Texas was forced to close down after a year-long battle. Bed bug calls to exterminators in Seattle have increased 70 percent in the past two years. For the elderly, bed bugs can be more prevalent: the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky found that 18% of all bedbug infestations occur in nursing homes. The bugs are attracted by the heat and chemicals humans produce. Residents of nursing homes stay in bed for long periods of time and live in close proximity to each other, thereby raising the risk of a bed bug infestation.


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“Mature” Celebrity Fitness Stars Still Shining!

July 23rd, 2010 No Comments

Many of us grew up working out with our favorite fitness stars on TV. Jack LaLanne, Richard Simmons, and Jane Fonda inspired us to tone those muscles and lose those unwanted pounds—and kept us entertained by their unique personalities at the same time. These giants of fitness are now all 60+ and are still going strong: Jack LaLanne will be celebrating his 96th birthday in September, Richard Simmons is 60, and Jane Fonda is 72.

So what are they doing now? Continuing to inspire us, to be sure!

Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne is called the “Godfather of Fitness” for good reason. He was the first to open the modern health spa, the first to have a nationally syndicated exercise show on TV, the first to have athletes, men, women, and the elderly work out with weights, and the first to emphasize what exercise and nutrition can do for you—just to name a few! Jack is still active and is even blogging about what he’s been doing, “As usual, I have been working out daily both with weights and in the pool. Last month, I shot a pledge video drive for PBS and it has been circulated around the country raising thousands for public television. It was quite a bit of work because I actually updated a new book as a compilation from others I have written in the past. In addition to some black and white shows, I also released three of my remastered color shows, which I have never done, to go with this package. Watch for it on your local PBS station.” Check out his website at www.jacklalanne.com.

Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons will be forever be remembered for his bedazzled tank tops and short shorts—as well as for inspiring countless people to be Sweatin’ to the Oldies. His website (www.richardsimmons.com) describes him best: “Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose close to 3,000,000 pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.” Richard gets his greatest satisfaction from being with people. He tours 250 days a year at women’s expos, nursing homes, high schools, children’s hospitals, shopping malls, and corporate seminars. Check out Richard’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/theweightsaint.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda, queen of the aerobics movement in the 80s (she has “starred” in 23 exercise videos), is making a fitness comeback. Recently host of World Fitness Day in Atlanta, she’s still keeping in shape—although not in the same fashion as in the past. Even with a new knee and hip, she exercises four to five times a week. She’s currently working on two upcoming exercise DVDs and writing a book about aging. Asked what the secrets of aging are, she said, “It’s a combination of things. About a third of it is genetic, and we can’t do anything about it. But that means two-thirds we can do something about, and a major part of the can-do portion is staying active. It can be as simple as walking, swimming, moving, using light weights. Plus, you need to eat fresh, healthful foods and not fast food.” Visit her blog at www.janefonda.com.

Sources: www.jacklalanne.com, http://www.richardsimmons.com/j15, http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2010-04-26-janefonda26_ST_N.htm