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December 2008
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Keep Active - Keep Mentally Alert

A 2008 study by the Harvard School of Public Health found evidence that seniors in the United States with active social lives may have slower rates of memory decline and lower mortality rates. In fact, memory decline among the most integrated of the study subjects was less than half the rate among the least integrated (findings were independent of age, gender, race and health status).

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High-Fat Diet Could Promote Development of Alzheimer's Disease 

A recent study conducted on mice suggests that metabolic changes induced by a diet rich in fat (diets typical of most industrialized countries) could affect the inflammatory response in the brain, thus contributing to Alzheimer's disease. The study was done on mice and the authors of this study admit that the work might not translate from mice to humans, but they feel the addition of more Omega-3 fatty acids to a diet are not likely to hurt a person and may significantly help.

Read the entire article here.
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A primer on aging related terms.
"Home for the Holidays" is a theme people often use this time of year. Home is considered more comfortable and for many people, home is where the heart is. At Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties, we work hard to ensure that our clients spend as many years in the comfort of their homes as possible. In this newsletter, we continue our mission of sharing the latest in home care, home health care and elder care news with colleagues, clients and friends.

Please enjoy these articles in the spirit of community in which this newsletter was sent.

Happy Holidays!
Given Housing Market Issues, Aging in Place is the # 1 Choice

South Florida is one of the nation's worst hit areas for real estate downturns, but the region's bad real-estate market is having at least one positive side benefit. An article in the Orlando Sentinel states that, "Businesses that help South Florida homeowners 'age in place' - or stay in their homes as long as possible - are gaining popularity with seniors and their adult children as more elders choose not to move into assisted living facilities." Read the full article here.
Breaking Myths of Aging

Tips, advice and anecdotes offered by geriatrician Dr. John Morley:

Myths of agingThe artist known as Grandma Moses, who passed away at age 103, took up painting in old age after her hands and fingers became so crippled that she could no longer quilt. The Impressionist Art movement was helped along by Monet's blurred vision. Willem de Kooning made his best art after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Ditto Ravel's simple, repeating melody we know as "Bolero" was composed after dementia settled into the composer's brain. Critics think Michelangelo's first Pieta, done when the sculptor was 25, is inferior to the one he did at 80. Nelson Mandela's presidency was all the more remarkable because Mandela survived years as a political prisoner to become president when he was 80. Roger Bacon's prescription for healthy aging included all things in moderation, proper diet, rest, exercise and - for the book jacket - "inhaling the breath of a young virgin."

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Losing the Sense of Smell? Could Be a Sign of Impaired Cognition

ManParticipants in a hearing loss study at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, were reported to have unexpectedly presented an intriguing connection between reduced odor identification ability and the association with the subsequent incidence of cognitive impairment. This conclusion was reported in the August issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Lead investigator Carla Schubert told Reuters Health that "participants who performed poorly on an odor identification test were at higher risk for cognitive impairment 5 years later."

Read about the study.
What's Happening at Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties ("Visiting Angels of B&M") was thrilled to support Burlington County Women Newspaper as Platinum Sponsors of their "2nd Annual Women's Expo". We extend our warmest congratulations to Terri Petry and Ingrid Edelman, Publisher/Editor and Promotion Manager, respectively, of the newspaper for their ringing success as architects, marketers, "go-to" persons, and implementers of the Expo from start to finish. They were utterly superb!!!

In our humble opinion, our booth was the BEST! As always, we were prepared with our personalized banners, wealth of elder and homecare resource materials, computer screen with Visiting Angels' TV commercials and customized promotional items. For this very special Expo, we also brought along 1,000 BPA-free "Angel" water bottles for each person to receive as they entered the Expo.

The highlight of our exposition was a seminar given by Rudy Tervooren, Director and Co-Owner of Visiting Angels of B&M, entitled "Stress-Free Holidays! The Importance of Caring for a Family Caregiver." In honor of "National Family Caregivers' Month" and to get a jump-start on the holiday season, Rudy geared his presentation towards those who care for a loved one living at home. Given that the holiday season poses a specific challenge for family caregivers who are often overwhelmed with the multitude of extra tasks piled high on their to-do lists, in his seminar Rudy covered:

  • How to cope with holiday-related stress.
  • Tips for those who care for parents and their own children at the same time.
  • Understanding "caregiver burnout": What caregiver burnout is and how you can avoid it.
In addition, Rudy discussed and answered participant's questions about how respite care can be key to avoiding caregiver overload and burnout.  All in all, Rudy's message centered on how pre-planning and simple tips can help you relax and feel the spirit of holiday joy.

And, we cannot forget to mention the amazing Nintendo� gift package that we raffled at the Expo. This included both a Wii� Games Console and a Wii Fit� game and balance board. A lovely (and as you can see below, very happy) woman by the name of Mary Ann Brunetti was our grand prize winner!

We are very much looking forward to our first "Speakers' Series Luncheon" at the Traditions at Hamilton Crossing Clubhouse on January 12. Traditions at Hamilton Crossing is a beautiful 55+ community/neighborhood that actually constitutes New Jersey's eighth largest municipality. Nora de C�rdenas, Director/Co-Owner of Visiting Angels of B&M and Elder/Homecare columnist, will initiate a discussion on "Aging in Place: Staying Independent, Staying in Your Home". Her partner, Rudy Tervooren, will also share from his considerable experience on this subject.

On behalf of all of us at Visiting Angels of B&M, we wish you and yours
an extra dose of
Health, Peace and Love in the New Year!!!
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 with the activities of everyday living to seniors, the disabled, those recovering from surgery and to those who are simply frail. 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 seniors and adults with special needs 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 truly understand how challenging and alien the entire home care selection process can be ... and we are experienced in working with families; with loved ones "resistant" to receiving care; and with third-parties payors (such as insurance companies and the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs) to help insure that the best interests of the family and their loved ones are met. Visiting Angels' services help 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,; call us at 609-883-8188; or contact us by email at [email protected].