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As we enter into the Thanksgiving and holiday seasons, pay closer attention to your older loved one and notice if there have been any changes since you last saw him/ her. If you are concerned about their well-being, trust your instincts. It may be time to seek out extra help.

Weight Loss:

Has your loved one lost significant weight? This could be a result of several factors including depression, forgetting to feed oneself, or unable to get out to the grocery store. Consider asking neighbors if they’ve noticed anything unusual or a break in routine.

Unclean Home/ Clutter:

Is the home as tidy as you remember it? Are things clean and put away like they usually are? Are bills and mail piling up? Are dishes cleaned and put away? Perhaps the space is too big for your loved one to manage now? Be careful if a home is too cluttered. Clutter is one of the main reasons for older adults to have falls.

Frailty:

Is it harder for your loved one to move up and down stairs, rise from a chair, or get in and out of a car? Are their hands shaking more when eating or trying to write with a pen? Perhaps their increased frailty is getting in the way with the activities of daily life (ADLs). These activities can include showering, dressing, food preparation and medication abilities. It may be the beginning signs that living alone is not a safe option for your loved one any longer.

While seeing a loved one age can be daunting and overwhelming at times. It is a good thing to notice their behaviors and to assess their situation before a crisis occurs. If you are at all concerned about your loved one’s well-being, give us a call and discuss what is going on. We would be happy to walk you through some feasible options with you. 781-686-1053.

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NeedhamGoesPurple1On Saturday, June 2nd, New Outlook Homecare volunteered at various lemonade stands in Needham in an effort to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. It was a hot and busy day in Needham with a street fair and a lot of people out and about. Despite a few passing rain showers, over $7,000 were raised.

Needham Goes Purple is an annual campaign throughout the month of June where various restaurants and businesses help by donating a portion of their proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association. Thanks to organizer, Suzanne Lissy, the town has taken on this important cause. New Outlook Homecare was proud to be a gold sponsor for Needham Goes Purple and hope to do so next year. Visit needhamgoespurple.org to find out other ways that you can get involved.

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New Outlook Homecare’s caregiver, Rachel Constant, has been awarded Aide of the Year through the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 19th at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA. Congratulations to Rachel on this well-deserved award.

Rachel grew up in Haiti and has been in the USA for the past seven years.  She has been a Home Health Aide with New Outlook Homecare for over six years. She first got interested in the homecare industry in Haiti after taking care of her dying grandma. That experience stuck with her and made her want to work with the elderly as a profession. Rachel believes that working with New Outlook Homecare is the best decision a person can make. “It’s a great company” and it has given her the opportunity to care and love the elderly on a daily basis.

Rachel has worked with a number of clients throughout her tenure with New Outlook Homecare. She is attentive, punctual and responsible.  The clients that she’s worked with have had dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart failure and are fall risks. With each client, Rachel has had a positive attitude and currently works on an hourly, live-out basis. She is always willing to put the clients first and is quite flexible when it comes to her schedule. She’ll offer to work a double shift and weekends if needed and if it is in the best interest of the client. She’s a team player in that regard.

Rachel’s responsibilities have included getting the clients up in the morning, bathed, dressed, fed. She assists them with their medications, toileting, and hygiene. She’ll spend time with them, play cards with them and take them to activities within their assisted living facilities. One client, in particular, can be stubborn and doesn’t always like to get out of bed. However, when Rachel arrives she can get him to engage and he often will participate in activities with her and his family.

Pearly Evans, owner of New Outlook Homecare, says that Rachel is “one in a million.” “There is no one like her.” “She’s one of my best aides.”

Rachel also has expressed interest in advancing her professional degree and is taking courses to further her knowledge base and education. She is inquisitive and patient and listens to the clients, their families and other healthcare providers as to the best and most efficient care she can give to each client so that they may live their life safely and fully.

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In recognition of skin cancer prevention month, the American Academy of Dermatology is encouraging everyone to become a “skin cancer hero” by performing regular skin checks on both yourself and your partner. Melanoma is the most common cancer in the United States. However, when spotted early it is highly treatable.

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color or age. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Yet, this can be prevented. Wearing sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher every day, staying out of the sun, avoiding tanning beds, wearing protective clothing and being extra cautious around water, sand, and snow, as they’re reflective surfaces, are all ways to help prevent skin cancer.

In addition, it is helpful to learn the ABCDEs of melanoma detection.
A= Asymmetry
B= Border
C= Color
D= Diameter
E = Evolving

See the infographic above for further information about how to check yourself regularly and for more information about skin cancer, visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s website and/ or make an appointment with a dermatologist in your area each year.

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Now that it is warmer outside and the sun is shining longer, it is time to get outside and soak up as much vitamin D as you can. There are many health benefits of Vitamin D including healthier bones, reduced risk of flu and diabetes, reduction of cancer cell progression, cardiovascular health, healthier pregnancies, mood elevation and many others. Along with a healthy diet that includes fish oils and egg proteins, it is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D.

Here are some suggestions for outdoor activities that can be fun and can increase your overall health:

  • Take a walk
  • Plant a garden
  • Watch a local outdoor sporting event
  • Ride a bike
  • Feed the ducks
  • Visit an arboretum
To learn more about the health benefits of Vitamin D, visit Medical News Today.

Photo Credit: Ol’Pete

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On Saturday, April 8, 2018 at 10:00 am, New Outlook will have a booth at the Health & Wellness Fair at the Waltham Westin. Stop by and say hi. At the fair, you can get free screenings, experience mini treatments, buy and sample products, and make appointments with local health and wellness experts in one location.You’ll also have the opportunity to take home a lot of giveaways and useful tips to keep you healthy. To receive FREE admission to the fair, email Marcy for a pass. We hope to see you there!

Photo Credit: Wellness Corporate Solutions

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With the winter Olympics in a few days, it’s time to qualify for the Senior Olympics which will be in 2019. The National Senior Games Association provides competitive opportunities for senior citizens on a bi-annual basis with the vision of promoting healthy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness, and sport. The NSGA exists today as a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement.The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.

NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding The Games. To date, the NSGA has held 15 Summer national championships. The next games will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 14-25, 2019. Sports that will be played include track and field, golf, swimming, archery, basketball, tennis among others.

New Outlook Homecare fully supports the vision of the NSGA and encourages all healthy adults to participate.

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