|The Aging Brain: Use It and Improve It
for solutions, the Linden Center at Ithaca College in New York is
exploring and trying to understand how older people can continue to
flourish creatively and remain engaged in life and society.
The findings are that "It's not 'use it or lose it' - it's use it and improve it."
shows, among other things, that staying engaged in creative activities
gives people a sense of mastery, significantly improves overall health,
and improves scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale and the
Read more about their creative approaches here.
Take the Geriatric Depression Scale test here.
| Pick a Sandwich, Any Sandwich!
estimated that over one-third of the population is in a caregiver role
for the elderly. Many of these caregivers also provide care for
children as well. In light of the ever growing population of "sandwich"
generation folks (those who are sandwiched between caring for adults
and children) a new group of defining terms has been cooked up to
describe the group's demographics:
- Traditional Sandwich:
Those sandwiched between aging parents, who need care and/or help, and
their own children who still need them. This sometimes includes elderly
aunts, uncles and in-laws with no other resources.
Sandwich: Those in their 50s and 60s sandwiched between aging parents,
adult children and grandchildren; or, those in their 30s and 40s, with
young children, aging parents and grandparents.
What kind of sandwich are you? What about your friends, co-workers and colleagues? Find more information here.
- Open-Faced Sandwich: Anyone else involved with elder care.
Are you "age aware?" With an aging society come many changes that will
affect all. By 2050, for the first time in history, seniors will
outnumber children and youth with 40 percent of the U.S. population
over the age of 50. By 2030, those people aged 65 years of age and
older are expected to hit 20 percent, whereas in 1900 it was a mere 4%.
At the same time, birth rates have declined. While the population of
individuals over the age of 50 will grow by nearly three-quarters over
the next 15 years or so, the population of those under 50 is expected
to increase by a mere 1 percent during the same period.
does this mean for you? An increased need in services pertaining to the
aging. At the far end of the aging spectrum, America's eldest
population group grows the fastest. Americans age 85 and up numbered
some 4 million in 2000. That number is expected to pass 19 million by
2050. No one knows what changes these demographic shifts will create,
but you can rest assured that life as we know it will change. Let's
make it for the better!
As always, we send this newsletter in a
spirit of sharing and community. We hope you will find the included
news informative and beneficial.
Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties
Growth Spurts in Need for Long-Term Care
new analysis found that nearly 30% of long-term care costs are paid
out-of-pocket--a full 10% higher than amounts reported in widely used
previous estimates. The previous analyses did not include spending on
assisted living, which is a key component of long-term care. The
findings revealed that individuals and their families contributed an
estimated $64 billion of their own funds out-of-pocket towards
long-term care services in 2006. In addition, families and communities
played a central role in the nation's long-term care system by
providing unpaid care valued at $350 billion. Private health and
long-term care insurance played a much smaller role, contributing a
little over $16 billion.
The long-term care need among
individuals 85 and older is nearly four times as high (36 percent) as
the need in the age 65 to 84 population (10 percent).
To access the full report, click here.
|Finally, Increased Aid To Those Who Served|
are 23.5 million veterans of all ages across the nation. Many elderly
veterans and surviving spouses whose incomes are above the
congressionally mandated legal limit for a VA pension may still be
eligible for the special monthly Aid and Attendance benefit if they
have large medical expenses, including nursing home expenses, for which
they do not receive reimbursement.
In 2009, the Veterans
Administration increased its payment in the Veterans Aid and Attendance
Pension Benefit. A veteran is eligible for up to $1,644 per month from
the VA; a couple can qualify for up to $1,949 per month. A surviving
spouse is eligible for up to $1,056 per month. To qualify, claimants
must be incapable of self support and in need of regular personal
The basic criteria for the Aid and Attendance
benefit include the inability to feed oneself, to dress and undress
without assistance, or to take care of one's own bodily needs. People
who are bedridden or need help to adjust special prosthetic or
orthopedic devices may also be eligible, as well as those who have a
physical or mental injury or illness that requires regular assistance
to protect them from hazards or dangers in their daily environment.
The best way to find about the Aid and Attendance Program at the VA is to call your local office. You can also go here for the Aid and Attendance or Housebound Examination.
Visit the VA website here.
|Home Care: An Untapped Tax Break?
services required to assist with the activities of daily living such as
bathing, dressing, feeding, medication and ambulating may be deductible
as medical expenses if they are of the nature of the services which a
nurse would perform. The services do not have to be performed by a
nurse as long as the services are of a kind generally performed by a
nurse.This includes services connected with caring for the patient's
condition, such as giving medication or changing dressings, as well as
bathing and grooming the patient. These services can be provided in the
patient's home or another care facility. If the caregiver also performs
personal or household services, unrelated to the medical care of the
client, these may have to be apportioned since they are not deductible.
For details, see Maintenance and Personal Care Services here and Home Care here.
|What's Happening at Visiting Angels
"3rd Annual Head to Toe Women's Expo"
We were very pleased to have participated at the 3rd Annual Head to Toe Women's Expo," The Ultimate Girls' Day Out", hosted by Mercer County Woman Newspaper. Both the Expo and our booth were well attended, and our eldercare resource materials were disseminated at a rapid pace. Nora de Cardenas, J.D., Director and Co-Owner of Visiting Angels of Burlington and Mercer Counties, presented a seminar on "Fall Prevention: What Can You Do?" which received rave reviews from the attendants.
If you would like to receive a free "Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults", or are interested in having Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties present a "Fall Prevention Seminar" at your facility or company, simply contact Nora de Cárdenas at 609-883-8188.
Naming New Director Sales and Operations
We are pleased to name David E. Sebra as Director of Sales and Operations for Visiting Angels of Burlington and Mercer Counties. According to Director and Co-Owner, Rudy Tervooren, Mr. Sebra brings to this home care company over a decade of sales experience and an in-depth knowledge of successful, creative sales strategies, innovative solutions, and the launching of new products into the marketplace.
Most recently, Mr. Sebra served as Vice President of Sales at Clement Communications in Concorde, Pennsylvania. He also has held a number of prestigious sales and marketing executive positions with such companies as Electric Mobility Company in Sewell, NJ, Colorado Prime Sales Corporation in Farmingdale, NY and Home Food Services Corporation in Philadelphia, PA.
A resident of Marlton, NJ, Mr. Sebra holds a BS degree in Business from Rowan College of New Jersey in Glassboro, NJ.
"Maintaining Independence" Lunch & Learn at RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness
Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties successfully presented a "Lunch & Learn" entitled "Maintaining Independence" at the RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness. Speakers were Rudy Tervooren, Director and Co-Owner of Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties, and Eileen Doremus, BSW, Executive Director of the Mercer County Office on Aging. It was a lively, interactive session and Rudy's assessment tools to determine the functioning level for assistance in remaining at home were well received.
|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