Angel News
January 2010
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Vision Issues

Organ Growth

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100 is the New 65


The older you get, the healthier you've been. People who demonstrate exceptional longevity tend to have had a lifelong history of good health. Turns out that genetic factors may account for only 20 to 30 percent of a person's lifespan, while environmental and behavioral factors can dictate the other 70 to 80 percent.

Read the full study here.

The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Exercise
Baby boomers who exercise regularly are less likely to experience depression, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep disturbances. Exercise may also help to ward off cancer and dementia. Not exercising has been considered equal to smoking in its negative effect on heart health. Read more and get the Seven Important Exercise Safety Tips for Boomers here.
The Power of Positive Thinking


Those with more positive aging perceptions live longer. Download this PDF for proof.

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Every January brings with it a time of reflection on the past year and thoughts on how to make the New Year a success. More often than not, this includes striving for better health in our daily lives and a desire to maybe not defy age, but certainly age more gracefully. This month's articles highlight a few ways to accomplish this. In a spirit of sharing and community and with the heartiest of wishes for a wonderful beginning to your year, we hope you will find the included news informative and beneficial.

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Visiting Angels of Central Burlington & Mercer Counties
oneLoneliness is Actually Contagious

LonelyNew research suggests that loneliness is actually contagious...spreading from person to person up to three degrees of separation. This means if someone close to you is lonely, or his or her cousin or friend is lonely, you may have a good chance of being lonely, too. This research is published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Read more.

Listen to John Cacioppo discuss the need for human interaction to combat loneliness in this podcast.

Access the journal, but note there is a fee to purchase articles.
twoAging Population Means More Vision Issues

VisionIn 2010, an estimated 2.8 million Baby Boomers will celebrate their 60th birthdays, and within the next 30 years, the National Eye Institute estimates the number of blind or visually impaired Americans will double.

According to the AOA, 20.5 million people age 60 and over have cataracts, a leading cause of poor vision in the United States. The American Optometric Association (AOA) is issuing a reminder that early detection through a comprehensive eye exam can prevent or slow vision loss due to cataracts and other age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Read more here.
threeOrgan Growth Now Possible for Repairing Bodies

TestTubesThis is not science fiction; this is the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine where the researchers are applying the principles of regenerative medicine to repair or replace diseased tissues and organs. A wholly laboratory-grown organ, engineered bladder tissue, has now been successfully implanted in patients. "Smart biomaterials" are being used to patch damaged organs and grow new heart valves, blood vessels, liver, muscle, skin, ears, and even fingers. Although still quite controversial, the researchers are working to grow more than 22 different organs and tissues in the laboratory. Read more here.
fourAdding Style to Functional Senior Products

GravesMichael Graves, a world famous architect, is now applying his design style to heating pads and simple shower seats for the mobility impaired. He anticipates that his Michael Graves Solutions line eventually will have its design stamp on ­everything from walking canes to complicated wheelchairs. Read the full story about how a serious health issue caused the architect and designer to become interested in applying style, multifunctional elegance, and beauty to a line of previously rather mundane products.

See some of his designs that are available for purchase here.
fiveWhat's Happening At Visiting Angels

Newest Staff Member in Marlton
We welcome the newest member of the Visiting Angels team to our Marlton office: Bridgid Miller. Bridgid is our new Client Services Associate, based out of our Marlton Office, who is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and training Bridgidour "Angels" (aides). Bridgid was born and raised in Philadelphia, moved to South Jersey in 2001, is married with 3 children, and holds an AAS in Business Programming. Bridgid has been a real estate broker for the past 8 years and previously held a position as Sales Manager for a direct response center handling sales training and scheduling for 125 employees. Bridgid says, "I am very excited to have joined the team at Visiting Angels!!!"

Telephony is Here!
Telephony is the new attendance tracking system for our aides. Instead of using traditional paper timesheets, aides will Telephonyreport in and out of their shifts via a local call from the client's telephone. This new system offers great advantages, such as "real time" confirmation that our aides are on schedule, as well as convenience (eliminating the need to have clients sign timesheets). By eliminating paper timesheets, we are also leaving a smaller "carbon footprint" on the planet!

JANBannerExpert Resources in Every eNewsletter
You won't want to miss the many resources, including new subjects in eldercare, which are spotlighted every month on our website on our Expert Resources page.
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About Our Care

Visiting Angels of Central 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 [email protected].