topLoving Arms Elder Care NewsletterMay 2010
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Keeping Your Mind Active
Keeping Your Body Healthy
Keeping Your Spirit Alive
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Recently, Loving Arms Elder Care received a generous donation of medical supplies from a woman who had recently lost both of her parents. I promised her that I would give them to other seniors in need.

My first recipient was the mother of dear friends of mine who suffers from Asthma. Recently, just walking short distances has proven extremely difficult without having to sit and rest. She has become less active in recent years but this Mother's Day all she wanted was to go to Atlantic City with her son and daughter-in-law. The thought of walking the boardwalk was unbearable. I was able to provide her with the use of one of the donated wheelchairs. Well, she had a wonderful time with her family, enjoying the sunshine and eating plenty of funnel cake!

Today I received a beautiful bouquet of roses and other precious gifts from her. She wanted to thank me for helping her get out and experience life again.  What I was able to provide her was such a simple gift but it meant so much to her, it meant LIFE! and LIVING LIFE! So now it's my turn to say thank you! not only to this one woman I was able to help, but to the thousands of other seniors in our community who I hope to help someday. You all are the reason Loving Arms Elder Care is here!    
Aimee Read

Loving Arms Elder Care
Keeping Your Mind ActiveMind - May
Exercise Your Brain

We all know that physical exercise can keep your body strong, but did you know that mental exercise can improve your mental capacity and possibly help delay dementia.

There are many easy ways to keep your mind active whether you live alone or with others. Reading for pleasure or education, solving puzzles such as crosswords, Sudoku, word finders or physically completing a picture puzzle are great projects that you can do with a friend or by yourself.

A study conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that mentally active seniors reduced their risk of dementia by seventy-five percent, compared to those who didn't use their brains regularly.

Everyday tasks can be great brain exercise as well. Why not ignore the calculator and try to complete mathematical calculations in your head. Or play the alphabet game and see how many animals, flowers or proper names you can come up with for each letter--write them down and try to add some each day.

Regularly "exercising" the brain keeps it growing and increases the development of new nerve connections that can help improve memory. Challenging your brain with puzzles and games can keep your brain active and improve its functioning. Try some fun puzzle exercises today!
Keeping Your Body Healthy
Reflexology Massage
Dmassageid you know that there are certain "reflex" areas on your hands and feet which correspond to particular organs, glands and other body parts? For example, the heel influences the intestines and lower back, the ball of the foot affects the heart and chest areas, the arch of the foot is linked to the kidneys, pancreas, and liver and the toes correspond to the head. Applying pressure to a reflex area can provide you relief from pain and discomfort and improve your circulation, as well as trigger the self-healing process.

Our Certified Massage Therapists are trained in reflexology and other styles of massage. All of our clients receive basic massage of their hands, feet, and neck as part of their daily care plan. If you are interested in this service, or would just like to learn more about reflexology, please visit our website.

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Keeping Your Spirit Alive
Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft
spirt MayIdentity theft has become quite prevalent especially with senior adults. The Doylestown Police Department has released some very pertinent information regarding steps that you should take in the event you become a victim of identify theft. The list is rather lengthy, but I would like to share a few steps with you and then if you would like more information, simply click here.
Steps To Follow In Reporting Identity Theft:
  • Notify your local police
  • Cancel any fraudulent or compromised accounts
  • Notify credit bureaus
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Contact the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Another great resource for surviving identity theft is the Federal Trade Commission's guidebook "Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft", http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/idtheft/idt04.shtm

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