Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Yum! Two cups of hot cocoa per day is good for seniors’ brains…

August 8th, 2013 No Comments

Help combat mental decline by drinking hot chocolate

A recent report showed that older people who consumed two cups of hot chocolate a day over a month’s time tested better on memory and thinking tests than seniors who didn’t drink the hot cocoa. What caused them to do better? Apparently, drinking cocoa increases blood flow in the brain, which can lead to improved cognitive skills. Chocolate has been shown to have other health benefits as well. Dark chocolate, especially, has been linked to lowering blood pressure, lowering stroke risk, and lowering cholesterol levels. While this chocolate study is encouraging, doctors warn people under NJ elder care to continue exercising, eating healthy diets, reading, and keeping socially and mentally active.


Check out 5 reasons puzzles are great for your brain…

September 28th, 2011 No Comments

Seniors: care for your brain! Puzzles are a fun way to enhance your brain functions, such as improving your memory and how you reason, improving your ability to visualize in 3D space, and improving your motor skills. Doing them can also help ward off any decline in your mental abilities that come as you age.

In the book, The Playful Brain, the authors give 5 reasons why puzzles provide food for your brain:

1. Strengthen Motor Skills
2. Build Up Spatial Thinking
3. Increase Working Memory
4. Refine Long-Term Memory
5. Enhance Verbal Reasoning

For examples of each type of puzzle, read the article on AARP’s website ( To download a memory screening test, click on our NJ senior care resource page “Depression Masking As Dementia.”

The relationship between optimism and strokes

August 10th, 2011 No Comments

Jeffrey Johnson, co-founder of Visiting Angels corporate, has written about the correlation between being optimistic and strokes. Can thinking positively really help people improve their overall health? In elder care NJ, we have seen the benefits a positive home care aide has on the disposition of our clients. Read his article at


Paranoia in Older People

August 3rd, 2011 1 Comment

Have you noticed your older parent, friend or loved one becoming increasingly paranoid? Have they been hallucinating? Dealing with someone in this mental state can be unsettling, but once the source of paranoia is diagnosed, treatments are available and effective. Visiting Angels co-founder Jeffrey Johnson has written an article on this important elder care topic. Read the article at


How important is socialization as we age?

December 30th, 2010 No Comments

It’s a sad fact that as we age, we begin to lose our social contacts. There are many reason for this. We lose our ability to drive, giving us less access to friends, activities, and relatives. Our spouse may become ill and we need to stay home to care for them. And our friends and relatives slowly start to pass away. These factors can cause isolation and depression as we age. Jeffrey Johnson, co-founder of Visiting Angels, has written an article on the subject. He gives tips to help your older loved one become more socialized. Go to to read more.