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January 2012 

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Winter Driving Safety Tips for Seniors     


Gadget Corner


 Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors

 What's Happening At Visiting Angels


Senior Humor    


Now Hiring CNAs & CHHAs 


Live Longer and Love Every Minute  

Visiting Kitchens: Beef Barley Soup          

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Senior Humor:       


The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes.


The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing, someone else does.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are: eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That is my idea of a perfect day!

I know what Victoria's Secret is. The secret is that nobody older than 30 can fit into their stuff.
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· Top Salaries
· Angel "Bonuses"
· Hourly to Live-In Care
· Many different shifts are available to fit any lifestyle 
agingwellLive Longer and Love Every Minute

Aging Well 

Today, Americans are living longer than ever before, enjoying more time for travel, family and hobbies. For today's seniors and baby boomers looking to stay healthy and independent for years to come, practicing easy, proven healthy-living strategies can make a difference in their health and



Eating Right

   Healthy eating can help prevent and control many diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, and improve your energy level.


Exercising Body and Brain

   Regular exercise can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and help relieve arthritis pain, anxiety and depression. Mental activity is just as important as physical activity. Staying mentally active may also lower the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and help offset normal age-related decline in thinking skills.


Health Check-ups

   By getting a regular physical exam, a physician can catch health problems early on, treating them with efficiency and accuracy to maintain overall health. Healthier people spend less money on health care. At age 50 it's important to start annual exams for colorectal cancer, and men should have a prostate exam. Screenings for osteoporosis should start at age 60 for women who are underweight.
   More tips on healthy aging can be found in the "American Medical Association Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness." Also available to help you to get healthier is AMA's Healthier Life Steps Program with tools and resources to get started on lifestyle improvements. Information and tools can be found at

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kitchenWarm Up With Homemade Comfort Foods: Beef Barley Soup 



2 c. water
1/4 c. uncooked pearl barley
1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak or top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
4 c. Swanson Beef Broth (regular, 50% Less Sodium or Certified Organic)
1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed
Generous dash ground black pepper
2 medium carrots, sliced (about 1 cup)



1. Heat the water in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Add the barley.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 40 minutes or until the barley is tender, stirring occasionally. Drain.

2. Cook the beef in a 3-quart nonstick saucepot until it's well browned, stirring often.

3. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until the mushrooms are tender.

4. Stir the broth, thyme, black pepper and carrots into the saucepot. Heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Stir in the barley.


TIP: Substitute 1/2-cup quick-cooking barley for the pearl barley. Cook for 12 minutes (or according to the package directions) or until the barley is tender.

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Welcome to our first issue of "Angel Home Care News" for 2012. A new year means new resolutions! At Visiting Angels we resolve to strive for continuous improvement in all we do. We will continue to bring relevant and interesting topics pertaining to older adults and their families through our e-newsletters, monthly Community Resource Bulletins, website, social media, and also through various other publications and channels.

As always, we would love to hear from you! We appreciate your comments and suggestions. You can email us at or write on our Facebook page 

Wishing you all the best in 2012!



 drivingWinter Driving Safety Tips for Seniors 

 Winter driving Some of today's "seniors" are boomers and they don't plan to slow down their lifestyles for a little thing like getting older--or inclement winter weather.


More 65-plus drivers are on the roads as baby boomers continue to work or pursue active retirement lifestyles. Yet, no matter how active and healthy you stay, your driving skills will inevitably change as you age. Your changing driving abilities, however, need not stand in the way of safe, enjoyable winter driving.


Maintain your vehicle, especially items that are particularly susceptible to malfunction in cold weather, including cooling systems, belts and hoses, tire pressure, battery and windshield wipers and washer fluid. Drive only when rested and well, and stock your vehicle with an emergency kit.


Pre-plan your route using resources like to get the most up-to-date information on traffic and road conditions. Internet savvy seniors can log on to the Web site before leaving home. Or, call (866) MY-Trafc (866-698-7232), a toll-free traffic hotline. At the downloads page of, you can download the new iPhone and Blackberry apps, a progressive travel widget, Mac OS dashboard, and traffic hotspot widgit.


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gadgetGadget Corner


Our Gadget Corner features unique products which have extra benefits for the older population.*   


Magic Tap Touch Dimmer Magic Tap Touch Light Dimmer:

This handy product dims your lamp as well as turning it off and on. Perfect for those with arthritis or for lamps placed in awkward-to-reach locations. Visit for more details.

Sneaker Glide Walker Sneaker Glides:

Add some whimsey to sterile walkers! These fun walker glides are functional as well as fun. Go to for more information. 


Digital measuring cup Digital Measuring Cup and Scale: 

This is an all-in-one easy-to-read kitchen helper! This digital measuring cup measures both dry and ingredients with accuracy. Check out for a closer look. 


*Visiting Angels does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. Items shown are for informational purposes only. 

 coldweathersafetyCold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors

Winter Biting cold, ice-slicked sidewalks and roadways, and storms that shut down businesses, schools and services--winter aggravations can create serious safety risks for seniors. Yet with some planning, preparation and caution, seniors can stay safe and even enjoy some time outdoors this season.


Six tips for senior safety in cold weather:


1. Make sure your home and its heat source are safe, secure and reliable. Before the weather turns cold, have your home's furnace serviced. Change air filters throughout the house every 30 days. Check the insulation in your attic to ensure it meets government standards. Seniors can be more susceptible to the negative effects of cold, including joint discomfort, dry skin, chapped lips and general discomfort.


2. Stay in touch. Isolation can be a problem for seniors throughout the year, but it can be life-threatening in bad weather. Be sure you check in regularly with someone whenever the weather turns bad. Establish a call schedule with a family member or another senior so they know to expect you to check in regularly. This way, if something prevents you from making your regular call--be it illness or injury--your winter watch buddy can send help.


3. Outdoor exercise in fresh, brisk air can be beneficial to your mental and physical well-being. Take care when walking outdoors on ice or snow. Invest in equipment that can help you stay sure-footed, like Stabilicer Lite, a cleat-like device that fits over most shoes and provides traction on snow and ice. The cleats are easy to put on or remove, so they're good for seniors who might have dexterity challenges. And don't forget to place a floor mat by the door to catch snow and ice melting off your shoes.


Nuts 4. Stock up on non-perishable food items. Choose options like peanut butter, almonds, other nuts, cheeses and boxed milk that provide heat- and energy-generating protein. Keep some items on hand that require no cooking, in case you are without power during or after a winter storm.


5. Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries, candles, a fully charged cell phone and a portable radio on hand for emergencies.


6. Be sure your home is well-lighted inside and out during winter months when sunlight is dimmer and a covering of snow can impair your vision. When walking outside on a bright, snow-covered day use polarizing sunglasses to diminish glare and improve visual acuity.


With some simple precautions like preparing for storms and using Stabilicers when outdoors, seniors can feel safe and secure during winter months.

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HAPPENWhat's Happening at Visiting Angels

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Rudy Tervooren, Visiting Angels' Managing Director and Co-owner, was hard at work in the month of December attending initial client meetings and making referral/client visits. While Rudy was bringing in the clients, Nora de Cárdenas, Managing Director and Co-owner (along with Karen Paul, Client Care Associate), was busy matching our professional, caring aides to our new clients, as well as maintaining the schedules and well-being of our existing care recipients.
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If you would like to book an eldercare presentation, please call Rudy at 609-883-8188 or email him at HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT OUR WEBSITE/BLOG?
We frequently post new information on our company website,, Facebook and Twitter! We are excited about connecting with clients, employees, referral sources, internet searchers, and our fan base. We do our best to help make our website/blog your "Go To" resource for Senior and In-Home Care. Check it out today by clicking!


This month's Community Resource Bulletin focuses on emergency preparedness for seniors. Press here to download a printable copy of our January bulletin. You will also find back issues of our "Community Resource Bulletin" from previous months on our website's resource page.

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Visiting Angels 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 other adults to continue to live at home and maintain the independence of their daily routines and familiar surroundings, 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 website or contact us by email at .

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