|Surveys Continue to
Reinforce In-Home Care as the Preferred Choice for Care
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.
Read details here.
|Common Sense and Kindness Foremost
in Facing Aging Effectively
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.
Click here to find out more about the book.
Read entire article.
Open enrollment time? To
save money, open a flexible spending account, use mail-order prescription drug
services and tap into discounts on gym memberships.
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"
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.
American Community survey.
| Who is Making Decisions on
Care for Aging Parents? Their adult children are.
How would you reach them?
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.
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
The National Institute on Aging
Warns About Hypothermia Danger for Older People
Hypothermia, 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
Some tips for prevention:
For details, click here.
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
- 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
- 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.
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 www.nia.nih.gov.
|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, www.VisitingAngels.com/Burling-Mercer; call us at
609-883-8188; or contact us by email at