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January 2009
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Watch Out for That Bed!

Falls from bed are the second leading cause of fall deaths - after stairs and steps, reports the National Safety Council.

Top 10 Signs You Have Too Much Stress In Your Life

  1. You routinely replace the reply, 'Good. How are you?' with 'You have no idea!'
  2. You justify the pounding in your chest as a cardiovascular exercise.
  3. Annual doctor visits become monthly.
  4. Sitting in the bathroom counts as downtime.
  5. Getting drive-through while running errands equals a balanced meal.
  6. You've perfected the 'cortisol high' in lieu of an adrenaline high. 
  7. A commercial for a greeting card makes you cry.
  8. You just drove to work/store/pharmacy and don't remember driving.
  9. You set a date to have some fun, and then postpone it.
  10. Even your dog sighs when you walk by.

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For many, January 1st offers a vibrant, enthusiastic start to a new year. At Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties, we have taken the time to reflect on the past year and embrace what's yet to come. We are thankful and grateful for all that 2008 brought us - including the relationships we've been lucky to create with people like you.

As always, Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties is committed to 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.

Here's to continued success in 2009!

The Team at Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties.
Senior-Friendly Appliances

The appliance market is responding to the demands of boomers who want appliances that help them cope with the aches, pains and other infirmities they confront as they grow older.

Some examples of the "senior-friendly" products are washing machines with pedestals that raise the height of washing machines and clothes dryers for customers with back problems.
Read all about it here
Search the Internet and Boost Brain Power
A new study found that searching the Internet exercises the brains of older people by activating their neural circuitry, says UCLA's Memory & Aging Research Center.
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Send Your Brain to Boot Camp for Retraining

UCLA's Memory & Aging Research Center presents a one-day training session designed for people with age-related memory concerns who wish to improve or maintain their memory ability.  The course is not intended for people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. 

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What's Happening at Visiting Angels

As part of our ongoing commitment to reach out to the community on homecare and elder care issues, Rudy Tervooren and Nora de Cárdenas, Directors and Co-Owners of Visiting Angels of B&M, presented a Luncheon Seminar on "Aging in Place: Staying Independent, Staying in Your Home", at Traditions at Hamilton Crossing, a community for active adults 55 and better in Hamilton, NJ. Nora, an elder and homecare news columnist and expert discussed:
  • the term "aging in place";
  • what specific things to look for when assessing your loved one's
    • current living situation;
    • behaviors;
    • independence levels
  • what a "Care Plan' is; and,
  • what needs for support and care should be addressed by the Care Plan.
Afterwards, Rudy discussed the advantages of Visiting Angels homecare, followed by a very lively and positive Q&A session.

We thank all at Traditions at Hamilton Crossing for the terrific turnout and for everyone's active participation! We extend a special thanks to Sharon and Saula who helped make this all possible!!!

We are very pleased to be returning to Traditions at Hamilton Crossing on March 30, 2009, to present a free public service "Fall Prevention Seminar" at the Clubhouse. Did you know that falls are the 2nd leading cause of accidental death in America? That 75% of these falls occur in the older adult population? At our seminar, residents will learn how to eliminate risks and reduce the chances of falls.

Rudy and Nora were invited by Bankers Life and Casualty Company in Marlton, NJ to present a workshop to its agents on the topic of homecare.

Of course we were delighted, and on January 23rd we presented a workshop to Bankers Life Long Term Care insurance representatives on the "Benefits of Homecare and the 'Visiting Angels' Difference". In his presentation Rudy provided the agents with:
  • an overview of the different choices available to seniors in the homecare and healthcare sectors;
  • the various benefits to seniors of "Aging in Place"; and 
  • the unique selling proposition of Visiting Angels.
The workshop was extremely well attended and Rudy's presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session.  
We send our very special thanks to Alan Farber of Bankers Life for his foresight in organizing this special training session for his company. And, we very much look forward to providing homecare services to many clients of Bankers Life!

We congratulate Ingrid Edelman, publisher of Camden County Woman newspaper ("CCW"), on her exciting additional, new role as publisher of Burlington County Woman newspaper ("BCW")!

Visiting Angels of B&M are avid supporters (and fans!) of Ingrid (and of Terri Petry, publisher of BCW's sister newspaper, Mercer County Woman). We have no doubt that under Ingrid's direction, BCW will achieve unprecedented growth and make a powerful, positive difference in the lives of so many who live or work in Burlington County. With warmth and fond regards, "Congrats, Ingrid!"

Don't miss Nora's latest Elder/Homecare column article, appearing in both Burlington County & Mercer County Woman newspapers, entitled "It's a New Year, Make New Plans - 'Emergency Preparedness' for Seniors". In it, Nora walks her readers through several steps they can take ahead of time to get ready and better respond to the type of chaotic situations a natural disaster (e.g. severe winter storms) or medical emergency (e.g. fall) might trigger.
A copy of this, as well as Nora's other Elder/Homecare column articles will soon be available on our website under "Nora's News Column"; or you can read it now by visiting and clicking on "Jan/Feb 2009 Issue".
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