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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. At New Outlook Homecare, we have cared for several clients struggling with Parkinson’s. It is a disease that slowly inhibits a person’s ability to move, speak, swallow, comprehend clearly among a variety of other symptoms. It can be devastating to watch a loved one go through it. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year and more than 10 million suffer worldwide. Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.

However, there is hope and researchers have made great strides. The Parkinson’s Foundation has directly funded the studies that have led to:

  • The development of the first standard tool to measure Parkinson’s progression
  • Established what is now the largest movement disorders training program in the world
  • The discovery of the first PD-associated gene called alpha-synuclein, which has proven critical to new treatments under development

Yet, more research needs to be conducted in order to find a cure. To learn more about Parkinson’s or to speak to a professional, contact the Parkinson’s Foundation at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or helpline@parkinson.org. If you feel like you would like to support those suffering or to help fund research, consider donating online.

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The Eldercare Alliance, a subcommittee of the Neponset River Regional Chamber of Commerce developed a series of seven videos on “Aging with Dignity.” This series was created as a tool for caregivers and families and it follows a family through the important decision-making processes with regards to aging. The entire series can be watched individually by topic or all at once in 44 minutes as seen here.

Members of the Eldercare Alliance helped to create the video and used their professional expertises to highlight the various topics included in the series including legal and financial considerations, home care, moving to a new home, end-of-life care and more. You may recognize our Marketing Director, Marcy Leiman in video #3.

The series is meant to be shared. To see the individual sections or to watch the video in its entirety, visit the Eldercare Alliance page on the Neponset River Chamber’s website.

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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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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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