Exercise and Activity For Good Health, No Matter the Age
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For more ideas on ways to research and make wise choices, we recommend the following resources:
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
This site contains information on the benefits of exercise.
American College of Sports Medicine
Recommendations on how to begin and maintain an exercise regimen.
on getting started with an exercise program, tips on how to safely
exercise, and types of exercises appropriate for the elderly population.
Ann Wilson, host of the nationally syndicated PBS program "Sit and Be
Fit" has videos and books she recommends for seniors on fitness: click here.
DID YOU KNOW?
The "Silver Tsunami" Replaces the "Age Wave." In 2006, there were 37
million people over age 65 in America. The projections for the future
are 71.5 million persons over age 65 by the year 2030. Worldwide in
2007, there were 705 million people over age 60.
Worldwide projections are 2 billion seniors by the year 2050.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and AgingSociety.Org.
Ten percent of employed family caregivers go from full-time to part-time jobs because of their caregiving responsibilities.
Source: National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, Caregiving in the U.S., 2004.
male and female children of aging parents make changes at work to
accommodate caregiving responsibilities. Both have modified their
schedules (men 54 percent, women 56 percent). Both have come in late
and/or left early (men 78 percent, women 84 percent) and both have
altered their work-related travel (men 38 percent, women 27 percent).
Source: MetLife Mature Market Institute, Sons at Work: Balancing Employment and Eldercare, June 2003.
September is here! The air smells of newly sharpened pencils as students
head back to school; soon the leaves will be turning color as the fall season
slowly trickles in. At Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties, we want to thank you for taking
the time from your busy schedule to read our eNewsletter. We gladly offer you
news and information related to home care, home health care, aging and
eldercare. Please enjoy in the spirit of community and cooperation in which
this eNewsletter was sent.
Green Houses®: The Small Family Style Solution to Traditional Nursing Homes
to a 2003 survey by the AARP, an advocacy group for older Americans,
just 1 percent of Americans over 50 with a disability wanted to move to
a nursing home.
As an answer to this, the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation is investing $15 million over the next five years to
encourage the building of Green Houses® (small, independent living
units providing long term care). They are also studying the viability
of Green Houses® and say more support could follow. The cash is
directed to NCB Capital Impact, a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit
that has been offering consulting, education, architectural and other
help to any party interested in operating a Green House®. For more
information, click here.
Wood Johnson executives say financial sustainability is a question
they're scrutinizing intently. Based on this "first round" of Green
Houses®, they believe that it is financially doable, but they are
rigorously testing the model and developing software that should help
providers determine whether they can handle Green Houses® financially.
To read a 2007 longitudinal evaluation of Small-House Nursing Homes, click here.
| Free Consumer Guides to Insurance
National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers free consumer
guides to choosing a Medigap Policy, and also a guide to long-term care
| Still Waiting for Your Economic Stimulus Payment? Check the Date You Filed! Recipients Must File Tax Returns Before October 15th
than 130 million American households received IRS letters in March 2008
with general information about receiving economic stimulus payments.
The IRS letters advised that to receive a 2008 stimulus payment, a 2007
tax return had to be filed. People who no longer file tax returns -
certain recipients of Social Security and veteran's disability benefits
- received a letter in March from the IRS explaining what they will
need to do to receive their one-time economic stimulus payment and
providing the necessary guidance and forms. The deadline is October 15,
2008 to apply for an economic stimulus payment. Taxpayers who already
filed using a Form 1040 to comply with the April 15 filing deadline do
not need to do anything extra to receive their one-time economic
"Good" Kind of Cholesterol Linked to Decreased Risk of Memory Loss
new study in Britain has linked increased HDL, the "good" kind of
cholesterol, with a decreased risk of memory loss with age. The study
tested 3,000 British subjects to find their levels of HDL cholesterol
and then asked them to try to memorize 20 words.
It found that
at age 55, the subjects with lower HDL levels had a 27 percent
increased risk of memory loss compared with those with higher HDL
levels. The same subjects, tested again at age 60, showed an even
greater difference in memory linked to HDL levels.
Read the full article here.
Eat These Foods for Good Health!
and author Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. offers advice on some of the best foods
to eat for good health in "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth":
To see all the recommendations, view the entire list here.
- Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol. How to eat: Sprinkle on coffee or oatmeal.
- Pomegranate juice: Appears to lower blood pressure and is loaded with antioxidants. How to eat: Just drink it.
- Sardines: High in omega-3s, contain virtually no mercury and are
loaded with calcium. Also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus,
potassium, zinc, copper and manganese, as well as a full complement of
B vitamins. How to eat: Choose sardines packed in olive or sardine oil.
Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with Dijon mustard and
onions as a spread.
- Frozen blueberries: Even though freezing can degrade some of the
nutrients in fruits and vegetables, frozen blueberries are available
year-round, don't spoil and are associated with better memory in animal
studies. How to eat: Blend with yogurt or chocolate soy milk and
sprinkle with crushed almonds.
| News for Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
is known to raise the risk of a number of major health problems,
including heart disease and kidney failure. More recently, studies have
also linked diabetes to speedier mental decline and dementia in older
adults. The latest findings, published in the Journal of the American
Geriatric Society, confirm those earlier reports -- and suggest that
the longer a person has had diabetes, the more substantial the
cognitive decline over time.
In general, it was found that men
and women with diabetes performed more poorly on the initial cognitive
tests and then showed a more marked decline on subsequent tests. In
addition, participants with longer-standing diabetes tended to be in
worse cognitive shape at the outset, and showed a steeper decline over
What's New At Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties?
We are happy to announce the opening of our new office located in Marlton, NJ.
to better service our expanding client base throughout Burlington County. Our
Mercer County office, located in Lawrenceville, NJ, will continue to offer our
outstanding non-medical homecare services to Mercer residents.
As part of our ongoing commitment to reach out to the community on home care and
elder care issues, we will participate as a sponsor or exhibitor in the
note these dates on your calendar and visit us there to hear more about the
latest developments in the home care and elder care sectors and to learn more
about our services.
"Faith in Wellness Minority
& Multicultural Health Fair": Sat. Sept. 20 from 10:00-2:00 at the
Willingboro Senior Center at 429 Kennedy Way, Willingboro, NJ
- "Silver Sponsor" of Princeton Senior Resource Center's 2008
Caregiver Conference: "Caregiving with Confidence": Sat. Oct.18 from
8:30-1.00 at the Senior Center's Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton
Street, Princeton, NJ
- Saul Funeral Homes' "4th Annual Fall Senior Fest": Tues. Oct. 21 from 9:00-4:00 at
Angeloni's Cedar Gardens in Hamilton, NJ
"Platinum Sponsor" of Burlington County
Woman's "2nd Annual Women's Expo": Sat. Nov.15 from 9:00-3:00 at the
Hartford Intermediate School, 397 Hartford Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ
We congratulate Nora
de Cárdenas, Director-Owner, and Lucy Damacela, Operations Manager, on
completing their training as Stanford University Chronic Disease
Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Peer Leaders.
The CDSMP is
recognized worldwide as a cost-effective health promotion program for
people with chronic illness. The aim of the program is to improve the physical and
emotional health of participants while reducing health care costs. Small-group
workshops are given in community settings and are facilitated by two Peer
Leaders. The workshops are highly interactive, focusing on building skills,
sharing experiences, and support.
Nora is now co-leading a 6-session CDSMP workshop on Thursdays
entitled "Healthy Living: A Way of Life" at the Willingboro Senior
Citizen Center in Burlington County. This workshop is sponsored by The Willingboro
Department On Aging under the direction of Reva Foster, its Executive
* And lastly, do not
miss Nora's next article in the Sep/Oct editions of Burlington County Woman ("BCW") and Mercer County Woman ("MCW")
newspapers. "Is Your Loved
One Safe Living Alone? A Working Assessment Guide for Families" will be
the first in a series of articles that will help readers
their own working guide on topics ranging from how to assess a loved one's possible
care needs to options for "aging in place".
-- A copy of this, as well as our other homecare and elder care articles
in prior editions of BCW and MCW, will soon be available on our website.
|Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties:
About Our Care
Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties is a New Jersey-licensed, non-medical home care company committed to going well beyond the "industry standard" to provide an exceptional level of security, comfort and peace of mind to our clients and their loved ones. Our "Angels", all certified home health professionals, are ready to provide compassionate and dependable assistance to seniors, the disabled, those recovering from surgery, and the frail with the activities of daily living. Our services include such simple tasks as light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands and shopping to more personal tasks such as hygiene assistance, bathing, dressing and grooming.
Visiting Angels' in-home care helps make it possible for people to continue to live at home and maintain the independence of their daily routines and familiar surroundings, for as long as they can do so safely. We understand how challenging and important these times are for families and their loved ones. Visiting Angels' services helps families spend more mutually rewarding and meaningful time with their loved ones and also helps provide comfort and peace of mind to those who face the challenge of long-distance caregiving.
For more information, please visit our website, www.VisitingAngels.com/Burling-Mercer
; call us at 609-716-8600 or 856-988-1900; or contact us by email at info.VisitingAngels@comcast.net.