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November 2010
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Gadget Corner

National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Where Caregivers Can Turn for Help

Ignoring Diabetes is Risky Business

What's Happening At Visiting Angels

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Have Some Fun Game Time With Seniors
SmileTrivia games are great to play with senior citizens. Not only do they get to exercise their minds, but the activity will most likely spark lots of discussion about their memories of the good 'ole days! Tip: gear the questions to the appropriate time period. Current pop culture questions should be avoided. Click on for some questions to get you started!
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If you know anyone who would like to join our team as a CNA or CHHA, ask them to email or call 609-883-8188.

We offer:
· Top Salaries
· Angel "Bonuses"
· Hourly to Live-In Care
· Many shifts are available to fit any lifestyle
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Holiday Appetizers 101
When holiday entertaining has you scrambling for new ideas to make your guests feel jolly, think appetizers. A traditional menu like baked ham or smoked turkey, served with classic favorites, can be made into a more festive experience by easily selecting a variety of mouthwatering appetizers to complement the meal.
    When deciding what appetizers to serve, consider the flow and arrangement of the party. Where will guests be eating? If there's limited seating, reconsider appetizers that require a knife and fork. Hand-held, bite-size appetizers are usually easier for guests if they'll be standing and mingling.
    Variety is also important. Select appetizer recipes that have different flavors, textures and temperatures. A combination of hot and cold food items will please any palate. Offering different styles like bread or cracker options, toothpick or skewer bites and hand-held finger foods is a simple way to add variety.
    Traditional recipes, such as rumaki, meatballs and deviled eggs, are still party favorites too. However, it's easy to give them a new flare. Try this new Pesto Deviled Eggs recipe when you're entertaining this holiday season. For even more appetizing additions visit

deviled eggsPesto Deviled Eggs, Serves12
6 hard-cooked eggs
3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. plain low-fat yogurt
1 tsp. basil leaves, crushed
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and set whites aside. Mash yolks with fork. Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended. Refill whites, using about one tablespoon yolk mixture for each egg half. Chill to blend flavors.

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We're pleased to announce the creation of our very own company blog. We are very excited about this new venue for connecting with clients, employees, referral sources, internet searchers, and our fan base. We'll do our best to help make our blog your "Go To" resource for senior care. Check it out today by clicking here!

PumpkinsNovember is a time for counting our many blessings! It's also a time for shorter days (don't forget to turn your clock back on November 7th), pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving Day gatherings with family and friends.

In our November issue, you'll find topical and beneficial information. Keeping up with the latest advances and information in the field of senior care is something we take to heart. Thank you for taking the time to read this issue of the "Angel News"!

Visiting Angels of Central Burlington & Mercer Counties
Nov-GadgetGadget Corner

This month in our ongoing search for unique gadgets that will help improve the lives of seniors, we found the following:

Dakim BrainFitness SystemDakim BrainFitness System. Designed to exercise and enhance memory-even if your loved one isn't comfortable using a computer. This touch-screen system makes it easy for them to sharpen their minds while having fun. Also available as software for your own computer.

Clear Sounds PhoneClearSounds Amplified Emergency Alert Telephone. Not only is this phone amplified for those with hearing loss, but also offers a unique pendant for fast and easy emergency dialing. The pendant is easily programmed to dial up to 30 numbers at the touch of a button. You can even answer the phone, and disconnect with the pendant. A Caller ID feature announces the caller's name, and a built-in speaker announces the numbers you dial, so this system really serves as a great assistant.

Nov-AlzDiseaseAlzheimer's Association LogoNovember is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia and is a progressive and fatal brain disease currently affecting 5.3 million people.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationship
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality
Visit National Alzheimer's Association's website.
NovCaregiversWhere Caregivers Can
Turn When They Need Help

senior and caregiverThere are now an estimated 15 to 20 million people who can consider themselves members of the Sandwich Generation, and many of them are facing the same challenge-simultaneously caring for and supporting their aging parents, children still living at home and in some cases their grandchildren as well.
    All the responsibility puts a lot of stress on people who  may have expected this to be a time of their lives when they get to put all their worries aside and just enjoy life. Now they have to figure out if it's safe for their parents to take certain over-the-counter medications, what a new diagnosis means, and if their son's fever warrants a doctor's visit, all at the same time.
    A good place to turn for the answers to these questions and more is In addition to a broad and deep collection of resources on medical conditions and lifestyle, there are interactive tools that can be used to self-assess one's health and a feature called "Ask a Specialist" where the answers to questions asked by users are posted. Those who don't find the answers they're looking for can e-mail their question to a Mayo Clinic specialist.
    All of the material on is written by health writers and reviewed by physicians, scientists and researchers who are experts in their respective fields to ensure medical accuracy and reliability.
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November is National Family Caregivers Month

NovDiabetesIgnoring Diabetes is Risky Business

Are you taking risks with your life without even knowing it? You may be one of the nearly 6 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes and don't even know it.
    Diabetes affects nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States and another 57 million have pre-diabetes, a condition that places them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  If you don't know the risk factors or symptoms for diabetes, you may very well be risking your life to this silent killer.
ADA logo     To find out if you or a loved one are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can take the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Risk Test. This is a simple test that asks questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for diabetes. Based on your response, you can find out whether you are at low, moderate or high risk for diabetes. You can take the test online at or by phone (in English or Spanish) at (800) DIABETES (800-342-2383).
    If you find that you are at high risk for having diabetes, talk with your doctor to find out for sure.  Only your doctor can determine if you have diabetes.
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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
whatshappeningWhat's Happening at Visiting Angels

South Jersey Super Woman
We're proud to announce that our Co-Owner and Managing Director, Nora de Cárdenas, was named one of South Jersey Magazine's "Super Women" in the October issue. She is one of "40 leaders, innovators and philanthropists who are changing South Jersey for the better...making our region a better place to live," to quote South Jersey Magazine. Join us in congratulating Nora (who uses her "super powers" for good)!

With November being National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, we are issuing our Community Resource Bulletin on this subject to raise awareness in our area. Visit the resource library page on our blog to download November's bulletin, as well as back issues.

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Visiting Angels of Central Burlington & Mercer Counties:  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.
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