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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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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.

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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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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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Meet Gina Jean Jacques. She moved to the United States from Haiti seven years ago. Below, is an interview with Gina that will help you get to know her a little better. 

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How long have you been working with New Outlook Homecare?

I’ve been working here since September 2016

Why did you get into homecare in the first place?

I love helping people especially older people. I enjoy helping them with various things.  

Why were you interested in working with Pearly Evans and New Outlook Homecare, specifically?

I have a  friend who referred me to Pearly and she’s really lovely.

What is the best part of your job?

I enjoy the daily activities.

How has working with the elderly affected you?

It brings me great joy and peace to work with the elderly.

What caregiving certifications do you have?

I have a Home Health Aid Certification and I am a Certified Nurse Assistant.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work at New Outlook Homecare?

It is important to just be patient with the clients and give the best of yourself always.

What advice would you give to a potential client who is deciding to employ New Outlook Homecare to look after a loved one?

You will have no regrets because we’re one of the most qualified agencies of all the competition.

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Meet Our Caregivers 

Rachel Constant grew up in Haiti and has been in the USA for six years. 

How long have you been working with New Outlook Homecare?
I’ve been working with the company over five years. 

Why did you get into homecare in the first place?
When my grandma was dying in Haiti, I took care of her and it stuck with me. 

Why were you interested in working with Pearly Evans and New Outlook Homecare, specifically?
Pearly’s nice and everyone’s nice within the company. Pearly’s a good person.

What is the best part of your job?
Taking care of elderly people. 

How has working with the elderly affected you?
When you’re young, you don’t care as much about things, but now I’m more caring and loving. It changes you completely. 

What caregiving certifications do you have?
I have a Home Health Aid Certification

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work at New Outlook Homecare?
I’ve been here for over five years and if it wasn’t a good company, I would have quit a long time ago. It’s a good company and I recommend it.

What advice would you give to a potential client who is deciding to employ New Outlook Homecare to look after a loved one?
It’s the best choice you could make. I know this first-hand as a caregiver with the company. 

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