ELITE HOMECARE, LLC ACHIEVES ACCREDITATION WITH ACHC

ELITE HOMECARE, LLC

ACHIEVES ACCREDITATION WITH ACHC.

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ, ELITE HOMECARE, LLC proudly announces its approval of accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of private duty nursing, private duty aides service, private duty companion/home maker services.

Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS.

Elite HomeCare is a family owned business. It is run by a Registered nurse. At Elite HomeCare we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in the Home Health Care Profession. We are a licensed, bonded and insured home health care agency serving Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset, Union and Essex counties and the surrounding areas. Our Partnership approach to elderly care ensures your loved one’s needs are always first and foremost in our minds. Elite HomeCare worked tirelessly and effectively to get our ACHC accreditation and we are proud and pleased of our accreditation status.

For more information, please visit  www.theelitehomecare.com, or contact us at [email protected] or (732) 964-0062.

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Elite HomeCare selected for 2016 North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

North Brunswick Township, NJ – January 13, 2017 — Elite HomeCare has been selected for the
2016 North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Award in the Home Health Care
classification by the North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Award Program.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each
category. The 2016 North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Award Program
focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both
internally by the North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Award Program and data
provided by third parties.
About the North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Awards Program
The North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding small
businesses that serve the North Brunswick Township area. Each year, our selection committee
identifies businesses that we believe have achieved outstanding marketing success in their local
community and business classification.
Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and
implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are small
businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers
and our community. These exceptional companies help make the North Brunswick Township area
a vibrant and vital place to live.
The North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Awards was established to reward the
best of small businesses in North Brunswick Township. Our organization works exclusively with
local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and
marketing groups. Our mission is to award the small business community’s contributions to the
U.S. economy.
SOURCE:
North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Award Program
CONTACT:
North Brunswick Township Small Business Excellence Award Program
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.SmallBusinessExcellence.org
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Valentine’s Crafts for Seniors in Assisted Living

Valentine's Crafts for Seniors in Assisted Living

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love and friendship, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get seniors out and about, connected, and having fun together. A very real danger to seniors is loneliness and depression, especially during the colder months. These Valentine’s Day crafts and activities are ideal for seniors in assisted living facilities looking for a fun way to commemorate Valentine’s Day with their neighbors.

1. Homemade Cards for Servicemen

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to share happy emotions and best wishes. While some seniors might be feeling lonely at this time of the year, connecting with other people can help reduce negative feelings. A great way to do just that is to create homemade cards for servicemen and women. Gather construction paper, glue sticks, magazine scraps, and other decorative craft items and let seniors create and sign cards for deployed servicemen. If you need a less intensive activity, consider purchasing premade cards in bulk and letting seniors simply sign and write a note. Organizations like Hugs for Soldiers make it easy to get the completed cards into the hands of members of the armed services far from home on Valentine’s Day.

2. Vintage Valentine’s Tea Party

Recent research has shown that creating an environment reminiscent of a senior’s past can help encourage conversations, memories, and positive emotions. Why not give your Valentine’s Day celebration a vintage theme and take residents back in time to very happy memories? Set the tone with some music from the era, and research some old-fashioned favorites for snacks, like petit fours, macaroons, and crustless finger sandwiches. Decorate with paper doilies and perhaps even borrow a nicer old-fashioned serving set. Encourage residents to wear a festive hat, or red clothing to help celebrate.

3. Deck the Halls

Now that the Christmas decorations have come down, you have a blank slate for decorating your facility’s shared areas, hallways, and residents’ doors. Gather up your interested seniors, put out some Valentine’s Day cookies, and let the crafting begin. The end result not only makes your facility look festive, but gives the participants a sense of pride every time they pass by their handmade decorations. Ideas include:

4. Gifts for Others

Seniors may be on limited budgets or unable to easily go out and shop for gifts. Give them the means to make small tokens for their loved ones or friends this Valentine’s Day. For example, small clean rocks can be painted for pocket-sized love rocks keepsakes or paperweights. Seniors may also enjoy making and giving the very useful gift of a Valentine’s Day bookmark, customizing it with small pieces of fabric and ribbon. A collection of leftover buttons make the perfect elements to create a button heart, glued to a small square of fabric, cardboard, or wood. With a little bit or preparation and some hands-on time, they can create a precious gift for the ones they love.

5. Pop-up Cards

From childhood all the way on up to our older years, Valentine’s Day cards are one of the most enduring of holiday traditions. This year, help your residents do something a little different with their Valentine’s Day cards. Any kids, grandkids, or other loved ones they want to write to will get a kick out of these pop-up cards.

6. Crepe-Paper Roses

Who doesn’t love roses? Real ones are nice, but they can get costly (especially in February) and will wilt eventually. Paper roses, on the other hand, can serve as pleasant decorations in your shared spaces throughout the entire month.

7. Floating Heart Backdrop

Add some hearts to your lobby or recreational areas with this floating heart backdrop. It’s colorful, whimsical, and easy to make – especially with a group of seniors to help out.

8. Lacy Votive Holder

Candles add such a nice ambience (and you can always go with the LED version for safety purposes). These lacy votive holders from Martha Stewart can add even more ambience to the candles, bring some extra color to the room, and add an aura of class to any space you put them in.

9. Felt Fortune Cookies

Everyone loves fortune cookies – most people less for the cookie part, and more for the fortune. These adorable felt fortune cookies double as both a nice decoration your residents can help make and a fun activity for Valentine’s Day. You can pass around a plate full of fortune cookies and see what the future has in store for your residents. Take some time to write up some fun fortunes for everyone. Here are some ideas you can borrow.

10. Valentine’s Bird Feeders

These Valentine’s Day bird feeders have the especially nice bonus of attracting some lovely birds to your community for everyone to see. They’re simple to make, fit in nicely with the Valentine’s Day theme and are a craft that even the Valentine’s Day cynics can get something out of. You can make some for the facility itself, and stock up on enough supplies for residents to make some as gifts for their loved ones as well.

11. Fabric Hearts

Finally, we have our fabric hearts craft. They’re small, but beautiful tokens your residents can hang onto after Valentine’s Day passes, or give out to loved ones as gifts.

Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day, but those that do will appreciate having a way to celebrate. Those who don’t normally get into the lovey spirit of the day may still appreciate some extra color in the facility or a few more birds stopping by outside.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Written by Kristen Hicks and Megan Hammons

Via: https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2016/02/valentines-crafts-for-seniors-in-assisted-living/

Halloween Activities for Seniors

 

 

Halloween is a great opportunity for some holiday-themed activities at your assisted living community. Halloween activities can get the group together, encourage camaraderie, and give everyone a chance to enjoy some spooky fun

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Halloween Crafts for Seniors

Halloween crafts can be completed early in October so you can use them as decorations throughout the rest of the month. The seniors at your assisted living facility can put their mark on the building’s look for a little while and you’ll set the (moderately) creepy atmosphere for the weeks to come.

1. Decorate pumpkins.

One of the best traditional crafts for Halloween time is making jack-o-lanterns. If you’re not sure about handing all of your seniors sharp implements, you can have a pumpkin painting day or give them sharpies to draw designs on the pumpkins.

2. Make spooky candles.

The lacy candles recommended by Elder One Stop are easy to make, made of cheap supplies, and won’t be a fire risk (they recommend flameless). They’ll add a nice bit of atmosphere to your facility.

3. Make decorative spider webs.

You can get together to make simple and cheap spiderwebs to hang around the community out of coffee filters. Throw in a little yarn and your residents will also have the option of creating larger cobweb decorations for the space.

4. Make spiral ghosts.

Some white paper, a black sharpie, and scissors are all your group needs to make these spinning ghosts. You can hang them around the shared spaces of the facility.

5. Decorative Halloween garlands.

For one more addition to your homemade decorations, you can task any interested seniors with making decorative Halloween garlands for your hallways. Here are some ideas of bat and ghost garlands and glow-in-the-dark ones.

(Mostly) Healthy Halloween Recipes for Seniors

You can find loads of cute Halloween recipes on the web, but most of them are laden with sugar. Since many seniors have health concerns, we tried to pick out a few of the healthier options that still fit the theme.

1. Shrunken Head Cider

From the twisted mind of Martha Stewart comes this shrunken head cider. You can skip the booze if you want and stick with the rest of the recipe.

2. Sweet potato jack-o-lanterns

Sweet potatoes are just the right mix of healthy and tasty and these jack-o-lanterns will make a fun, theme-appropriate snack that’s easy to make.

3. Dragon’s blood punch

Made mostly of juices (although it may still be too sugary for some), this punch is simple to make in large quantities and should make for a tasty treat.

4. Devilish Eggs

Adorable deviled eggs made from healthy ingredients are easy for your residents to put together and tasty for everyone to enjoy once finished.

5. Cheesy Witch’s Brooms

Cuter than any witch’s implement should be, these witch’s brooms made of cheese and pretzels shouldn’t be too hard to make and will be even easier to devour. (Note: scroll down for the English instructions).

Other Halloween Activities for Seniors

If you want to pack Halloween week with more fun, interactive activities at your facility, try out some of these ideas.

1. Halloween charades

Brainstorm as many different Halloween-related themes and ideas you can think of for your residents to act out. You should all have fun watching people mime Dracula or try to figure out how to act like a spider. Here’s a list to get you started.

2. Share scary stories

Your residents probably know some good ones, but you can come equipped with a book or some stories from the internet just in case. If enough of your residents express an interest in sharing their own scary stories, you can make it into a contest.

3. Homemade costume contest

Encourage your seniors to come up with homemade mask and costumes ideas. If you can make some materials available for them to work with, that may spark inspiration in a few of them. On Halloween, have everyone vote on which costume came out the best.

4. Assisted living trick-or-treat

Most seniors probably feel silly trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, but let’s be honest, most of us loved trick-or-treating and were a little sad when we got too old for it. The solution: set it up within the assisted living facility. Let any seniors that want to participate get dressed up and hit up trick-or-treating stations you set up.

5. Classic horror movie marathon

Your residents probably have some favorite old classic horror movies. Poll them to pick out a few of the most popular, and give them the option to come together and watch them on Halloween or in the days leading up to it.

 

Halloween’s not for everybody, so you’ll probably have residents uninterested in participating in some of these activities, but those that enjoy the season will be happy to have the opportunity to celebrate it in a variety of ways.

Kristen Hicks is an Austin-based copywriter and lifelong student with an ongoing curiosity to learn and explore new things. She turns that interest to researching and exploring subjects helpful to seniors and their families for SeniorAdvisor.com.

From: https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2015/10/halloween-activities-for-seniors/

 

Vaccines containing alumimum shown to cause neurological damage

 

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(NaturalNews) According to the Food and Drug Administration, the amount of aluminum in modern vaccines that infants are exposed to in their first year is about 4.225 mg, which the agency considers to be low, and thus safe. But some experts believe that there are vaccines being given to children today that contain far more than the FDA-regulated amount of 0.85-1.25 mg per vaccine.

As reported by Natural Health 365, there are some vaccines that, when taken in full, actually introduce 200 times more aluminum into children than is allowed under federal rules. The site reported that researchers at the University of British Columbia noted that aluminum ingestion is a clear cause of neurological problems and disorders in humans of any age.

In 2013, the scientists published a study in the journal Immunologic Research which confirmed that aluminum toxicity has a negative impact on the body’s nervous system “across the age span.” In adults, over-exposure to aluminum in the system can lead to age-related neurological conditions that resemble Alzheimer’s disease. Similar outcomes were observed in laboratory animals, the researchers noted.

Has the government known all along?

Furthermore, Natural Health 365 reported, scientists found that in small children there is a great correlation between the number of aluminum-containing vaccines administered and the increased rate of diagnosed autism disorders. Indeed, several of the signs of aluminum neurotoxicity happen because of autoimmune reactions and inflammation.

There is even evidence that the federal government has known for some time that aluminum administered via vaccines causes health issues. According to this FDA notice dating back to January 2000, the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services announced the “proposed collection of information … for the labeling requirements for aluminum content in large volume parenterals (LVPs), small volume parenterals (SVPs), and pharmacy bulk packages (PBPs) used in total parenteral nutrition (TPN).” In short, the agencies were seeking information related to aluminum content labeling requirements that were published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2000, because “research indicates that neonates and patient populations with impaired kidney function” could be “at high risk of exposure to unsafe amounts of aluminum.”

The document further explained that aluminum “may accumulate” in the bones, urine and plasma of babies receiving TPN. It also stated clearly that a number of “drug products” that are “routinely” used in vaccine therapy “may contain levels of aluminum sufficiently high to cause clinical manifestations.”

The agencies acknowledged that, generally speaking, when medications are administered orally the gastrointestinal tract serves as an effective barrier to the absorption of aluminum, with very small amounts of it actually being ingested and entering the body’s tissues.

Study finds even neonatal products with lowest amount of aluminum surpass FDA limits

But, “parenterally administered drug products” that contain aluminum naturally bypass the gastrointestinal tract and its protective mechanisms, causing aluminum to circulate within the bloodstream and thus collect in body tissues, the notification stated.

“Although aluminum toxicity is not commonly detected clinically, it can be serious in selected patient populations, such as neonates, and may be more common than is recognized,” the agency noted.

Mary Tocco of ChildhoodShots.com, natural care expert and patient coordinator at Real Health Advanced Care, an integrative wellness clinic in Goose Creek, S.C., told Jonathan Landsman, host of Natural News Talk Hour in a June 2014 interview that vaccines are causing damage on the cellular level.

She said that one study involving neonatal babies who were tracked for 18 months found that even when they were given IV nutrition with the least amount of aluminum, it still was not possible to stay under the FDA-recommended limit of 4–5 µg/kg/day. “Neonates still received 1.8 to 3.2 times the upper limit of allowable aluminum exposure from PN if they received the least contaminated products,” the researchers concluded.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/055474_vaccines_aluminum_content_neurological_damage.html#ixzz4LlMcC0yS

By: J. D. Heyes

What Debt Collectors Can And Cannot Do

As Americans gets older they incur various types of debt. How do you handle all this debts? What debt collectors can and cannot do?

Dealing with a debt collector can be a difficult and upsetting experience. The main purpose of collectors is to recover the debt because they keep a percentage of all collections. Some unscrupulous collectors in the past have threatened borrowers, called at all hours of the day and night, pretended to be someone else and contacted friends and family, in the hopes that constant harassment would lead to payment of the debt. 

In the United States, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) now regulates the actions and behaviors of third party debt collectors in order to protect debtors from harassment and underhanded collection tactics. The Act outlines specific practices that are disallowed in collection efforts. However, it does not apply to a creditor’s in-house collectors. Many states have their own debt collection regulations that may restrict collectors even more. 

What Collectors Cannot Do

The FDCPA limits the methods that collectors can use to contact debtors. They can only call between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., and not a times deemed inconvenient to you, the consumer, unless you have given them permission to call you at other times. They cannot call repeatedly in a short period of time in order to harass you. Collectors cannot threaten that you will go to jail or that they will make the debts public. They also cannot call your employer about your debt, unless it represents unpaid child support. If you tell collectors not to call you again, they are legally not allowed to do so, but their collection efforts can continue.

Debt collectors may imply that they can garnish your wages or take other personal property to satisfy the debt. In order for that to happen, they must sue you in a court of law and obtain a court judgment. The federal government is one of the only creditors allowed to garnish without such a judgment. 

If you have provided collectors with post-dated checks to satisfy the debt, they cannot try to cash the checks early, even though banking rules allow people to do so. They also cannot charge you any fees, penalties or interest that was not agreed to in the original contract with the creditor. 

Protecting Your Rights 
Never give anyone, including a debt collector, personal or financial information over the telephone. Legitimate debt collectors will not ask you for bank or credit card account numbers. Always confirm with the company you owe the money to that it has turned over collections to this company. Scammers often pose as debt collectors to make some quick cash. Never pay anyone or any company that you have not verified as legitimate. 

Reporting a Debt Collector 
If you are being pursued by a debt collector who is breaking the rules of the FDCPA, you can report them to both your state Attorney General’s office and the Federal Trade Commission. You may also be able to sue the debt collector if their collection practices have resulted in financial or personal damages. 

The Bottom Line 
If you have to deal with a debt collector about unpaid bills or accounts, know the limits of the methods of collection they are afforded. Always be sure to protect your financial information and make no assumptions about the legitimacy of the company until you check it out. Call your creditor to make sure the debt collector is working for them. You can report any violations of the FDCPA to both state and federal legislators to ensure that the collector follows the law in the future.

 By Angie Mohr Via Investopedia.com

Is Hot Weather a Culprit in Slowing Metabolism?

Is Hot Weather a Culprit in Slowing Metabolism?

Does hot summer weather make an impact on our need for calories or our metabolism? Our bodies slow down metabolism a little to avoid overheating when the thermometer soars, but those climbing temps don’t really change the calories we need. What can make a change in metabolism is dehydration. Your body loses more than 10 cups of water in an average day even without exercise. Unless you drink plenty of water, you may be at risk for dehydration.

Dehydration also can slow your body’s energy levels and metabolism so that you burn fewer calories than you would if you had plenty to drink.

An added bonus in drinking water can be weight control. Water makes you feel full and helps you resist the urge to nibble. Sip a little water when you crave a snack, and you may find that gnawing feeling was thirst and not hunger. Water also fight fluid retention by diluting sodium levels in your body. Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated during summer months:

  • Try to drink between eight to 12 glasses each day. Track your daily intake. Start your day by filling a pitcher of water each morning and keep it nearby throughout the day.
  • Don’t skip your workout, but plan to drink more water when you exercise. Plan ahead of time if you know you are going to work out for more than an hour. Drink more water before you start. Drink six to eight ounces of water every 20 minutes when exercising. After you finish, restore fluids by drinking two eight-ounce glasses.
  • Be aware of drinks that are diuretics and can cause dehydration. These include caffeinated soda, tea, coffee and alcohol. Follow a drink of coffee or a cocktail with a water chaser to replace lost water.
  • Green tea is flavorful, calorie free, and contains an antioxidant that mildly boosts metabolism and is thought to combat diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Tannic acid compounds in green tea slow the release of caffeine into the bloodstream and slow its dehydrating effects.
  • Drink a couple of glasses of water right away when you wake up to replenish fluids lost overnight.
  • Infuse your water with herbs such as mint or basil for added flavor. Drop slices of citrus fruits or cucumber into a pitcher for a refreshing taste.
  • Remember that sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices carry a lot of sugar. Stick with water and healthy post-workout snacks after working out.
By: Linda Parham Via Youbeauty http://modo.ly/1U7kdxt

How Can Seniors Cope with a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?

sMesothelioma still has no definitive cure, but there is an evolving curative approach that has sparked hope for the future and produced more long-term survivors today than ever before.

There is reason for optimism.

There are ways to live with this disease now, turning it from the previous gloom-and-doom diagnosis into a more manageable, chronic condition.

Better diagnostic tools, cutting-edge immunotherapy advances, improved surgical techniques, a multidisciplinary approach to treatment have combined to create a future for patients that didn’t exist a decade ago.

Mesothelioma is the rare and aggressive cancer caused by a long-ago exposure to asbestos fibers that were unknowingly inhaled or ingested.

Although originally thought to be solely an occupational disease in the shipbuilding, construction, manufacturing and military industries, it also is caused by secondhand exposure in older homes and businesses, even from asbestos on work clothes brought into the house.

The majority of patients are diagnosed beyond age 60 because of the condition’s long latency period (20-50 years) between exposure and diagnosis.

A stunning diagnosis can be devastating for a patient and family, often turning a well-planned retirement into complete disarray. But there are ways to cope.

“When hope is part of the equation, like it is today, anything is possible,” said renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. David Sugarbaker, mesothelioma specialist and director of the Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Here are some keys to coping with mesothelioma and giving yourself the best chance of long-term survival.

  • Find a specialty center accustomed to treating this rare disease. It strikes an estimated 3,000 people annually in the United States. Many medical professionals, even many oncologists, rarely see it and don’t understand its intricacies or the latest therapies. This isn’t lung cancer.
  • Join a mesothelioma support group for patients and caregivers. Talking with others dealing with the same issues can be emotionally and physically good. It can remove the feeling of isolation some families experience. The Mesothelioma Center has a support group that meets online and by phone monthly to discuss various topics.
  • Talk to your doctor about possible clinical trials. The latest therapies for a rare cancer often can be found only in clinical trials while they are awaiting approval from the FDA. The newest therapies in the developmental stage are the ones making a difference today.
  • Stay active and engaged. Don’t try and do this alone. Surround yourself with a positive support system. Accept help from others. Raise awareness to a disease that most people don’t understand.
  • Be aggressive in your approach to treatment. Ask questions, discuss options. Seek answers. Too many medical professionals still take a nihilistic approach toward mesothelioma. Avoid that.
  • Explore complementary and alternative medicine beyond mainstream treatment. Options such as homeopathic medicine, mind-body therapies (yoga and music), herbs and anti-oxidants have helped some patients.

Patients are living considerably longer. Instead of the 9-12 month prognosis from a decade ago, patients are living two, three, five years and beyond. The quality of life has improved, too.

The survival rates have increased the importance of caregivers. Their lives and their futures also will be changed. They will be managing appointments, dealing with medical and legal professionals, remembering treatments and medications and doing a wide variety of tasks.

They must remember to take care of themselves physically and mentally to avoid being overwhelmed. Remember: The better they feel, the better care they will provide. They will benefit from support also.

Tim Povtak is a content writer for the Mesothelioma Center and Asbestos.com.

The 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Getting older can bring health challenges. By being aware of these common chronic conditions, you can take steps to stave off disease as you age.

Take steps now to ensure a healthful future.

Key Takeaways

Exercising and eating a healthful diet will help you age disease free.

Having a body mass index is less than 25 will lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.3 years, on average. For many, then, senior living includes carefully managing chronic conditions to stay healthy. “You need to be physically active and eat a healthy diet,” and also make healthy lifestyle choices, like quitting smoking and losing weight, to avoid senior health risks, explains Jeanne Wei, MD, director of the Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock. Also, including a geriatrician, a doctor who specializes in the health concerns of aging, on your senior health care team can help older adults learn how to live better with any chronic diseases. Then you too can be among the 41 percent of people over 65 who say their health is very good or excellent.

1. Arthritis
“Arthritis is probably the number one condition that people 65 or older contend with,” said geriatrician Marie Bernard, MD, deputy director of the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland. It affects 49.7 percent of all adults over 65 and can lead to pain and lower quality of life for some seniors. Although arthritis can discourage you from being active, it’s important to work with your doctor to develop a personalized activity plan that, along with other treatment, can help maintain senior health.

2. Heart Disease
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease remains the leading killer of adults over age 65, accounting for 488,156 deaths in 2013, the most recent statistics. As a chronic condition, heart disease affects 37 percent of men and 26 percent of women 65 and older. As people age, they’re increasingly living with risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, that increase the chances of having a stroke or developing heart disease. Dr. Bernard’s advice for addressing this senior health risk not only helps with heart disease but can improve senior health across the board: “Exercise, eat well, get a good night’s rest. Eating well means eating in a fashion that will allow you to keep a healthy weight with a well-balanced and healthy diet.”

3. Cancer
Cancer is the second leading cause of death among people over age 65, with 407,558 deaths in 2013. According to the CDC, 28 percent of men and 21 percent of women over age 65 are living with cancer. If caught early through screenings such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and skin checks, many types of cancer are treatable. And though you’re not always able to prevent cancer, you can improve quality of life as a senior living with cancer, including during treatment, by working with your medical team and maintaining their healthy senior living recommendations.

4. Respiratory Diseases
Chronic lower respiratory diseases, such as COPD, are the third most common cause of death among people 65 and older, annually taking 127,194 lives. About 10 percent of men and 13 percent of women are living with asthma, and another 10 percent of men and 11 percent of women are living with chronic bronchitis or emphysema, according to the CDC. Although having a chronic respiratory disease increases senior health risks, making you more vulnerable to infections such as pneumonia, getting lung function tests and taking the correct medications or using oxygen as instructed will go a long way toward preserving senior health and your quality of life.
5. Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease accounted for 83,786 deaths of people over age 65 in 2013, according to the CDC. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that one in nine people age 65 and older, which is about 11 percent, live with Alzheimer’s disease, but because diagnosis is challenging, it’s difficult to know exactly how many people are living with this chronic condition. However, experts acknowledge that cognitive impairment has a significant impact on senior health across the spectrum, from issues of safety and self-care to the cost burden of care in the home or a residential facility.

6.Osteoporosis
“Osteoporosis can contribute to becoming less mobile and potentially disabled should you fall and have a fracture or as the collapse of vertebral bodies,” Bernard said. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that 54 million Americans over the age 50 are affected by low bone mass or osteoporosis, putting them at risk for a fracture or break that could lead to poor senior health and reduced quality of life. What’s more: They estimate that by the year 2020 that number will rise to 64.4 million.

7.Diabetes
About 24 percent of men and 18 percent of women older than 65 are living with diabetes, a significant senior health risk. According to CDC data, diabetes caused 53,751 deaths among adults over age 65 in 2013. Diabetes can be identified and addressed early with simple blood tests for blood sugar levels. The sooner you know that you have or are at risk for diabetes, the sooner you can start making changes to control the disease and improve your long-term senior health outlook.

8. Influenza and Pneumonia
Although the flu and pneumonia are not chronic conditions, these infections are among the top seven causes of death in people over age 65, just behind diabetes. Seniors are more vulnerable to these diseases and less able to fight them off. Senior health care recommendations include getting an annual flu shot and getting the pneumonia vaccine if recommended by your doctor to prevent these infections and their life-threatening complications.

9. Falls
The risk for falls requiring emergency room care increases with age In 2013, 473 per 10,000 men and 767.2 per 10,000 women found themselves at the hospital because of falls, data from the CDC shows. That is more than any other age group.. And, one-third of people who go to the emergency department for a fall may find themselves there again in one year, reports an August 2015 study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Be aware: most falls occur in the home, where tripping hazards include area rugs and slippery bathroom floors, according to a 2013 Journal of Injury and Violence Research study.

10. Substance Abuse
An analysis of data from the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions suggests that one in five people over 65 have had a substance or alcohol abuse problem at some point in their lives. Alcohol and tobacco topped the list of nonmedical substances abused by survey participants. Substance and alcohol abuse are a concern for senior health because of possible interactions with prescription medications, their impact on overall health, and the increased senior health risks, such as falls, associated with intoxication.

11. Obesity
Obesity is an important senior health risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer — chronic conditions that impact quality of life. As the numbers on the scale increase, so does the risk for disease. Of the adults between 65 and 74, 76.9 percent of men and 73.8 percent of women are overweight—meaning that their body mass index is greater than or equal to 25. It can also be a signal that an older adult isn’t as active or mobile as he or she once was.

12. Depression
According to the American Psychological Association, 15 to 20 percent of Americans over 65 have experienced depression, a threat to senior health Depression can lower immunity and can compromise a person’s ability to fight infections. In addition to treatment with medication and therapy to improve mood, possible solutions to improve senior living might be to increase physical activity — 59.4 percent of adults 65 and older do not meet national recommendations for exercise — or to interact more socially — seniors report spending just 8 to 11 percent of their free time with family and friends.

13. Oral Health
Healthy teeth and gums are important not just for a pretty smile and easy eating, but also for overall senior health. According to the CDC, 25 percent of adults over 65 have no natural teeth. As you age, your mouth tends to become dryer and cavities are more difficult to prevent, so proper oral health care, including regular dental checkups, should be a senior health care priority, Dr. Wei said.

14. Poverty
In 2013, 45 percent of adults ages 65 and older had incomes below the poverty level, according to a 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation report. This number takes into account: available financial resources, including liabilities such as taxes, value benefits such as food stamps, out-of-pocket medical expenses, geographic variations in housing expenses, and other factors. Older women are slightly more likely than men to be living in poverty, however; that gap widens in those over 80. Single older adults are also significantly more likely to live alone with fewer resources. Poverty affects senior health if you’re unable to afford doctor visits, medication for chronic conditions, and other essential senior health care needs.

15. Shingles
Remember that bout of chicken pox you had as a kid? It comes back as shingles as an adult: one out of three people over 60 will get it. The National Institutes of Health say that 50 percent of all American will experience shingles before they are 80. It usually affects only one side of your body and starts out with severe pain or tingling, and then develops into an itchy rash and possibly blisters. There is a vaccine available, so talk to your doctor about it.

 

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Elite HomeCare Receives 2015 Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award

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Elite HomeCare Receives 2015 Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award
North Brunswick Township Award Program Honors the Achievement

North Brunswick Township, January 11, 2016 — Elite HomeCare has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award in the Home Health Care category by the Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award Program.Each year, the Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the North Brunswick Township area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award Program

The Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the North Brunswick Township area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of North Brunswick Township Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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