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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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Walk 2018 2

On Sunday, September 23, 2018, New Outlook Homecare, once again participated in the Greater Boston’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our team joined close to 15,000 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. The Greater Boston Walk raised an impressive $1 million plus dollars.

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 6thleading cause of death in the United States and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

Sunday was a lovely, brisk fall day. With our flowers held high and sporting our lime green t-shirts, we were inspired by the words of Mayor Marty Walsh and the many Alzheimer’s Association volunteers who cheered us on the whole route. A wonderful addition this year was the doggy station which came in handy for our canine walkers this year: Bailey, Lola and Rogue.

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 pageor visit the Alzheimer’s Association website: http://www.alz.org. To learn more about how New Outlook Homecare can begin caring for your family, visit care.newoutlookhomecare.com.

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Black Panther movie

We had the pleasure of sponsoring two events this month at Needham’s Center for the Heights. On July 13th, we sponsored the movie, Black Panther. The seniors enjoyed popcorn and other goodies as they watched one of the Marvel favorites on a big screen.

On July 18th, the Massachusetts Audobon Society came to present “Reptiles in Our Own Backyard.” It was fascinating to learn about the various critters that are in New England. Did you know that there are no lizards in Massachusetts anymore? They’re not native to this area any longer. Guests were able to touch the reptiles and it was a pleasure to visit with everyone after the event.

We’re looking forward to sponsoring many more programs at the Needham Senior Center this coming year. Stay tuned.

If you have an event that you are looking for sponsorship, give us a call at 781-686-1053 or email Marcy.

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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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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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Mick Morgans 2018

On March 10, 2018, New Outlook Homecare had the great pleasure of participating and sponsoring in the Mick Morgan 5K Run for HESSCO (Health and Social Services Consortium) to benefit Meals on Wheels, a national program that provides meals for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The program provides a vital lifeline, which includes a wellness check and a friendly visit. In fact, 92% of recipients say that Meals on Wheels has allowed them to remain at home, where they want to be.

March 10th was a beautiful and sunny day filled with energy, silly St. Patrick Day costumes and enthusiasm. The race went along a challenging route with a lovely view of the Walpole Country Club. There were many hills, but runners persevered. Owner and founder of New Outlook Homecare, Pearly Evans, participated for the first time. “I can’t believe I did it,” she said as she crossed the finish line. It was incredibly motivating to see neighbors coming out of their homes to cheer runners on and push them to complete the 3.3 miles.

New Outlook Homecare was proud to be a silver sponsor for the race and look forward to participating next year. For more information about the run or HESSCO, visit their website at www.hessco.org.

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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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