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February 2009
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Surveys Continue to Reinforce In-Home Care as the Preferred Choice for Care

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90% of respondents (Georgia AARP members between the ages of 50 and 60) in a recent survey reported that it would be extremely or very important to have services that would enable their family members and themselves to stay at home for as long as possible, if long-term care services were needed.

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Common Sense and Kindness Foremost in Facing Aging Effectively

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The current health care system is overburdened and often crisis-oriented with technology-focused care provided by medical specialists. Helping older adults to live at home for as long as possible is the best use of community resources. In his book, "My Mother, Your Mother," geriatrician Dennis McCullough advocates for "slow medicine" when dealing with late life issues faced by older adults, a movement shaped by common sense and kindness. Slow medicine is based on the social model of elder care - hands-on, compassion and focus on day-to-day care in the home, taking time to value quality of life and honor relationships.

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A simple online calculator for businesses to estimate the costs of elder care in the workplace.

A primer on aging related terms.

Temperatures remain low and snow continues to fall in many areas of the country. But in the midst of this, Valentine's Day was a simple reminder that a caring heart makes for a warm home! Visiting Angels of Burlington and Mercer Counties is pleased to continue to offer the kind of care that helps keep seniors and other adults in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. Home is definitely where the heart is!

With this issue of our newsletter we continue to offer the most recent in home care, elder care and aging news. We hope you enjoy this information in the spirit of camaraderie with which it was sent. As always, we thank you for your continued interest in Visiting Angels of Burlington and Mercer Counties.
White House AND the Beltway Follow the "Granny Trend"

granny trendMarian Robinson, 71, Michelle Obama's mother, will move into the White House to care for her grandchildren, Malia and Sasha Obama, when their parents are otherwise occupied. Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, 91, mother of Vice President Joe Biden, already lives with her son. Dorothy Rodham, 89, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, lives with her daughter and former President Bill Clinton in homes in Chappaqua, N.Y., and the District of Columbia.

According to national statistics (the 2007 American Community Survey) the number of people aged 65 and older living with their adult children increased 50 percent between 2000 and 2007. The 2000 census showed that of the 35 million American adults aged 65 and over, about 1.4 million of them lived with their children. Currently 37.5 million seniors and 2.1 million are living with their adult children.

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Who is Making Decisions on Care for Aging Parents? Their adult children are.

How would you reach them? ONLINE!

baby boomers onlineThe 77.2 million people now between ages 44 and 62 - known for decades as the "baby boomers" - now make up the largest group of US Internet users. At 56.7 million strong, they constitute nearly 30% of the online population. About 74% of boomers use the Internet at least once a month.

To read marketing details on how the boomers use the Internet, click here.

Move That Thermostat Up: Even Mildly Cool Homes with Temperatures from 60 to 65 Degrees Can Trigger Hypothermia in Older People

The National Institute on Aging Warns About Hypothermia Danger for Older People

thermostatHypothermia, which can be deadly if not treated quickly, is a special danger for older adults, as they are especially vulnerable. When a person's body temperature drops below normal and stays low for a prolonged period of time, there is a risk of hypothermia. With advancing age, the body's ability to endure long periods of exposure to cold is lowered.

Some tips for prevention:
  • Wear several layers of loose clothing when it is cold. The layers will trap warm air between them. Tight clothing can keep blood from flowing freely and lead to loss of body heat.
  • Wear a hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, and warm clothes when you go outside in cold weather. A significant amount of your body heat can be lost through your head, and hands and feet are the first body parts to get cold.
  • To keep warm at home, wear long underwear under your clothes, along with socks and slippers. Use a blanket or afghan to keep legs and shoulders warm and wear a hat or cap indoors.
  • Make sure your home is warm enough. Set your thermostat to at least 68 to 70 degrees. Even mildly cool homes with temperatures from 60 to 65 degrees can trigger hypothermia in older people.
  • Check with your doctor to see if any medications (prescription or over the counter) you are taking may increase your risk for hypothermia.
For details, click here.

To order the fact sheet, Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard, or the brochure, Stay Safe in Cold Weather, call toll free 1-800-222-2225 or visit the NIA Web site at
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