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Red Carpet Event ECA video series copyAs you may remember, New Outlook Homecare, in conjunction with the Neponset Valley’s Eldercare Alliance helped to produce a video series entitled “Aging with Dignity.” The series followed a family from living independently, having a crisis (a fall) and then having to make health care changes to best accommodate the aging father and his rehabilitation. On June 13th from 5:30-7:30 pm, there will be a FREE public screening of the video series at Whitney Placein Sharon. While the event is free, registration is required. Feel free to share this with others in your networks and register online. We look forward to seeing you there.

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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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For the 3rd year in a row, New Outlook Homecare participated and co-sponsored the Mick Morgan/ HESSCO 5K to raise funds for Meals on Wheels. Over $57,000 were raised which was a dramatic increase from last year.

Saturday, March 16th was a beautiful, sunny day for the run. A whopping 918 people showed up to support HESSCO and run/ walk the course compared to 619 last year. It was such a fun day and folks really got into the spirit of St. Patty’s Day with their attire and spirit. We’re so looking forward to continuing the tradition and participating again next year. For more information or to donate to HESSCO, visit their site.

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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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janetNew Outlook Homecare is so excited to welcome Janet Mayo as our new office manager. With the end of 2018, we bid farewell to Raquel Crowley. Raquel had an opportunity to rejoin her previous employer in a full-time role. She will be missed and we wish her well in her new venture.

Janet joins us with over ten years experience in office management.  She has experience working for a non-profit organization, a financial advisor, as well as a long-term care insurance company. Her expertise in customer service, bookkeeping, technology, and process improvements will be utilized to ensure great service to all of the New Outlook Homecare’s clientele.

Janet was particularly interested in working on behalf of the elderly and at New Outlook Homecare, specifically, after experiencing the special relationship that her aunt has had with her own home health aide.  The aide has helped her aunt and all of the family members in many ways for over five years.

Janet lives in Sharon, MA with her husband, two children and her yellow lab.  In her spare time Janet enjoys long walks, puzzles and trivia, and spending time with friends. We are thrilled to have Janet on the team. Welcome!

 

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You may be heading home for the holidays. How are Mom/Dad, Grandma/Grandpa doing? Assess their independence. It may be the time to consider adding some additional help. These simple tools may be useful to you as you begin the conversation.

Be Honest
Expressing your inability to care for your elderly parent in the way they need, can be difficult. However, they are still your parent and will appreciate your honesty and will understand where you are coming from. Sitting them down to have this conversation will be much more effective than a passive aggressive attitude that makes them feel like a burden.

Be Prepared
Before you sit down to discuss this with them, have something planned. Mention that New Outlook Homecare provides professional and compassionate service that treats them with love and respect. This introduction will help them already imagine the option other than you.

Be Willing
Reassure your parent that you will visit and continue to help out in every way you are able. Remind them that they will not be alone even though there are major changes.
For more information, click here!

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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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