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January 2011
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To Slow the Spread of Viruses, Humidity Matters

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Food Safety: Protect Your Family's Health This Year

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HumorSenior Humor:
Senior Texting Code

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Since more and more seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code). If you qualify for Senior Discounts, this is the code for you!

ATD At The Doctor's
BTW Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM Covered By Medicare
CUATSC See You At The Senior Center
FWIW Forgot Where I Was
FYI Found Your Insulin
GGPBL Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
GHA Got Heartburn Again
IMHO Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO Laughing My Dentures Out
LMGA Lost My Glasses Again
LOL Living On Lipitor
LWO Lawrence Welk's On
OMMR On My Massage Recliner
OMSG Oh My! Sorry, Gas
ROFL... CGU Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up
TTYL Talk To You Louder
WAITT Who Am I Talking To?
WTP Where's The Prunes?
WWNO Walker Wheels Need Oil
GGLKI Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In


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FoodSafetyFood Safety: Protect Your Family's Health This Year

Woman at refrigeratorEvery January people make New Year's resolutions that focus on exercise, diet or other ways to stay healthy. But the best resolution to keep the entire family healthy is food safety in the kitchen.

    Here are a couple of tips from the Institute of Food Technologists and the Partnership for Food Safety Education to start your 2011 in a healthy way:

Mark the date on everything you put into your freezer or refrigerator so you know how long it's been in there.
Consume uncooked beef stored in the freezer within three to four months, or one to two days for refrigerated beef.
Keep cooked poultry up to four months in the freezer and three to four days in the fridge, but uncooked poultry should be eaten within nine months of freezing and one to two days of refrigeration.
Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item, and before you cut the next item.
Use two cutting boards, one for raw meats that you plan to cook and one for ready-to-eat foods.
     Food safety is important for keeping your family healthy this year. For more tips, visit www.IFTFoodFacts.org or www.fightbac.org.

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Happy New YearWelcome to our first issue of "Angel News" for 2011. With each new year comes new resolutions. We at Visiting Angels resolve to strive for continuous improvement, and will continue to bring relevant and interesting topics relevant to older Americans and their families. As always, we would love to hear from you! Email us at info@vacaregivers.com or write on our Facebook page. Wishing you all the best in 2011!

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GadgetGadget Corner

We have two nifty gadgets in the Gadget Corner this month, perfect for the seniors in your life (or yourself!).

 

Electric Rabbit CorkscrewElectric Rabbit Corkscrew: Ring in the new year and other occasions with this electric corkscrew. No more wrist strains--just push a button and the screw twists into the cork. Then, without any leverage or tugging, the rechargeable-battery operated device pulls the cork out. It comes in three stylish colors. Click here to see product information.



Moshi Alarm ClockMoshi Voice Control Alarm Clock: With the Moshi VC Alarm Clock, you are in complete control by using the voice activated commands-no more complicated settings requiring pressing buttons. This affordable clock has 12 voice activated commands: Time, Set Time, Alarm, Set Alarm, Alarm Sound, Turn off the Alarm, Sleep Sound, Play Sleep Sound, Today's Date, Temperature, Night Light, and Help Menu. Click here for product information and to watch a product demonstration.

ICEUse "ICE" In Case of Emergency

ICE cell phone

A simple and effective way of providing emergency responders with a direct line to you!
     Every day thousands of emergency calls are placed. These situations require split second decisions to aid emergency responders during the critical "Golden Hour" they have after arriving on the scene to try and save lives.
     Putting the acronym "ICE" in front of your designated emergency contact is a concept conceived by Cambridge, England paramedic Bob Brotchie. The idea is that you store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the phone number(s) of the person(s) you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency." Additionally, you would want to enter the name of the individual(s) so your display would read: "ICE Heather" indicating the person's name.
     In an emergency situation, ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find these persons and contact them.
     It's as simple as that, and for more than one contact name you can use ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

Here's a simple checklist on how to ICE your cell phone:
  • Make sure the person whose name and number you are using has agreed to be your ICE partner.
  • Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf, including your place of employment.
  • Make sure to always include every phone for that individual: home, work, cell/mobile.
  • Make sure your ICE partner's number is one that's easy to contact. For example, a home number could be useless in an  emergency if the person works full time, so include all contact numbers, especially their mobile cell number.
  • Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment. For example, any allergies, current medications, or blood type .
  • Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorized to make decisions on your behalf. For example, should you need a life or death operation.
  • Always enter your ICE contact to include the name of your ICE partner. For example: "ICE_Heather"
  • Should your preferred contact be deaf, then type ICETEXT, then the name of your contact before saving the number.
HumidityTo Slow the Spread of Viruses,
Humidity Matters

Woman with hands on forehead

Relative humidity (RH)-the amount of moisture in the air-of 40 to 60 percent can help slow the transmission of viruses in indoor environments, according to a recent independent study by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

    "Several studies have shown that dry air/environments are more conducive to virus transmission," says Jim Lundgreen, humidification systems engineer with DRI-STEEM, which designs and manufactures humidification systems for commercial, industrial and

institutional facilities around the world.

    Homeowners and building managers can measure indoor humidity by using a simple hygrometer. More sophisticated applications should have humidity levels tested by an air quality professional, such as an HVAC technician. If your RH is less than 40 percent, you should consider adding a humidifier to your home or building. If it's higher than 60 percent, you might want to consider dehumidifying, as high humidity levels can foster the growth of harmful fungus and mildew.

    You can learn more about commercial and industrial humidification systems at www.DRISTEEM.com. Homeowners looking to learn more about humidifying their homes can visit www.Aprilaire.com.

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whatshappeningWhat's Happening at Visiting Angels
JANUARY COMMUNITY RESOURCE BULLETIN
JANUARY COMMUNITY
RESOURCE BULLETIN
Our community resource bulletin this month focuses on the importance emergency preparedness. Visit the resource library page on our blog to download January's bulletin, as well as back issues from previous months.

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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.
 
For more information, please call us at 609-883-8188, visit our blog, MyVisitingAngelsBlog.com; our website, www.VisitingAngels.com/Burling-Mercer; or contact us by email at info@vacaregivers.com.

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