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The holidays are a festive time with family and friends, but for some elderly people the holidays can also be a time of extreme sadness and loneliness. The memories of friends and family who have been lost can be difficult and painful. Energy levels can also decrease, and getting around becomes harder with the change in weather. Depression and feelings of helplessness increase.

It’s extremely important to give the elderly extra time and attention during this season and to make it a point to visit with and listen to them. 

Here are some additional tips that may be helpful:

  • Remind them how important they are to you and your family at holiday celebrations
  • Consider being with them as they open up their mail and receive holiday cards
  • Look into the religious organizations that your loved one is involved with and make arrangements for him/her to attend an event
  • Decorate his/her room or home to make it festive
  • Bring the holiday to them. Most assisted living/ skilled nursing homes have common rooms for small gatherings and parties
  • Prepare a special dinner for them
  • Make them feel loved. Include them in singing traditional songs, listening to music, opening presents and spending time together
Do what you can to make your elder loved one feel important and loved. It will make getting through the holiday blues so much easier and less painful. A little extra effort on your part can go a long way in making the holidays festive and joyous for everyone.
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We are so proud to have been asked to sponsor the new promotional video for the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce. We have greatly enjoyed being a part of the Chamber and attending networking events, along with being active participants in the Eldercare Alliance. Being a member of the Chamber has been a crucial part of our marketing efforts. To see the video in its entirety, click on the image above or here. To find out more about how you can join the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit their website.

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FlushotFacebookFlu season is upon us. The flu shot is vital for senior citizens and caregivers. Older adults’ immune systems are weaker and more susceptible to diseases. A caregiver’s immune system can be impaired by caring for an ill person.

For seniors, the flu can be a severe illness and may cause death. 71 – 85% of flu-related deaths and 54 – 70% of flu-related hospitalizations happen in people who are age 65 and older.

The CDC recommends that everyone should get vaccinated before the end of October, especially adults over the age of 65. That’s because flu activity starts as early as October. After getting the shot, it takes about 2 weeks for the protective flu antibodies to develop in the body. So, the sooner your older adult and you get the shot, the sooner you’ll have protection against the flu.

Flu shots are available in a variety of places including your doctor’s office, pharmacies, and health clinics. The flu shot is free under Medicare. There is no co-payment needed. Other private insurances consider the flu shot a preventative service, so it will likely be covered and of no cost to you.

Don’t wait, get your flu shot today. To find a location nearest you, go to the CDC’s Vaccine Finder website and enter your zip code or city and state to find flu shot clinics near you.

Be well this season.

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Longest Day 4New Outlook Homecare was honored to be a co-sponsor of Needham Goes Purple‘s lemonade stands, a local campaign in association with The Longest Day to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. On June 10th, 14 lemonade stands were set up throughout Needham with the goal of raising awareness and donations in support of Alzheimer’s research. It was a 90+ degree day – a perfect day for lemonade. Thank you to Ed Shems for designing the wonderful lemonade cups on behalf of New Outlook Homecare.

Thanks to the co-sponsors, local restaurants and a huge push by organizer, Suzanne Lissy, over $7,000 was collected with additional funds still coming in. If you missed the lemonade stands on June 10th, there are still opportunities to make a contribution. Visit www.needhamgoespurple.org for additional details or consider making a donation directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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On Sunday, September 25, 2016, New Outlook Homecare participated in Greater Boston’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our team of nearly twenty participants joined close to 5,000 people walking either 1.5 or 3.5 miles toward a common goal – to raise awareness and funds for research to end Alzheimer’s disease.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and last year, 15.9 million caregivers provided care for someone with the disease. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

September 25th was a brisk, beautiful, sunny day. With our lime green t-shirts, Team New Outlook Homecare was all smiles as the walk began. Listening to speeches by radio personalities, celebrities and Mayor Marty Walsh, the Walk officially began just after 10:00 a.m. “Let’s go. This is so fun,” said five-year old Seth as we headed under the purple archway.

It was so nice to see supporters holding various colored flowers. Blue represented someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Purple was for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease. Yellow represented someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and Orange was for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. The organization provided nourishment, water and support the entire route.

New Outlook Homecare was proud to participate in such a meaningful way and we thank all of those that participated in the Walk. Donations are still being collected. If you’d like more information or wish to donate, please visit our team’s page or visit the Alzheimer’s Association website: http://www.alz.org. We hope you can join us next year.

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Aloha from New Outlook Homecare!

New Outlook Homecare was proud to sponsor the Annual Hawaiian Luau at Traditions of Dedham on July 27. Residents and their families enjoyed a lovely evening with great food, hula dancers and live music.

It was so nice to see our senior friends enjoying themselves. Bringing such a fun event to the residents of Traditions is something that gives us great pride and joy.

Participants sported beautiful leis and danced the night away with friends and family members. Be sure to check out more photos and videos of the event on our Facebook page.

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“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

February was National Heart Health Month. It’s not only important to take care of our physical heart, but also our spiritual heart! To spread some love last month, we had the delight of sponsoring a special Valentine’s Day event for our friends at Tradition of Dedham. It was a fantastic event which featured a wonderful band, “White Heat Swing Band”, that kept everyone entertained! It was a great sight to hear the joy and see the smiles on everyone’s faces. Check out some more pictures below!

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