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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.  FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts checked and commit to heart-healthy lives. For further information about heart disease, heart attacks and ways to keep your heart healthy, visit the American Heart Association.

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New Outlook is proud to have become a new corporate partner for the Aging Life Care Association. The Aging Life Care Association, better known as geriatric care management is a holistic client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. The professionals work with families to reduce worry and stress through:

  • Assessment and monitoring
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Education and advocacy
  • Family caregiver coaching

As a corporate partner, not only does New Outlook share the vision of the Aging Life Care Association, but we are proud to be among the area’s experts in eldercare. It is a privilege to work with this population and to know that we are a referral agency for geriatric care managers is indeed an honor.


Many know that aging is a risk factor for developing dementia. However, research indicates that there are a number of ways to reduce or mitigate your risk, and developing good habits early on is a great way to have a positive impact on your mental health later in life.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society:

  • Keep physically active. As little as 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week of increased physical activity which raises your heart rate is not only good for your heart and general well-being, but it can also reduce your risk of developing dementia later in life.
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Also helps reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
  • Exercise your brain. Challenge yourself with brain activities such as puzzles, word searches or crosswords. Try something new, such as a new game, learn a language or read a new book.

For further tips or suggestions, visit the Alzheimer’s Society or Alzheimer’s Association.

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.
Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
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.

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.

Did you know that we have certified baby nurses and nannies on our staff? Kids will be back to school before you know it. It’s time to think about your child care needs. We’d love to meet with you and discuss your children and their care. We look forward to caring for your family.