Posts Tagged ‘Seniors’

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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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.


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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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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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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IMG_0713webNew Outlook Homecare is pleased to announce a new hire. Marcy Leiman joins New Outlook Homecare as Marketing Director. With a background in Communications and Education, Marcy brings to New Outlook a passion for elder care, along with organizational and social media skill-sets that will be assets to New Outlook’s mission and growth.

Prior to working at New Outlook, Marcy was Associate Director of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a parenting program that uses Jewish wisdom & texts to assist in parenting at every age. In this role, Leiman utilized social media, personal/community outreach, traditional advertising and public relations to fill over 22 classes each year throughout the Greater Boston area.

In addition, Marcy spent many volunteer hours a month at Newbridge on the Charles, an assisted/ independent living facility in which she aided residents in the memory support unit with their daily activities and assisted with multigenerational programming.

“Caring for the elderly is a core value in my family. Both my parents work in assisted/independent living facilities in New York and my sister is a director of a similar facility. The elderly require our utmost care, love and attention. Working at New Outlook Homecare is not only fulfilling, it is a way that I can give back to people of our community who have given so much to us,” says Marcy.

Established in 2001, New Outlook Homecare was built on a foundation of care and respect for the elderly. With a strong belief in love and understanding, New Outlook created a holistic approach to eldercare by providing both professional and personal services. New Outlook’s founder, Pearly Evans is a certified nurse assistant who not only cares for clients, she becomes part of their families. Her philosophy is:

“When we take care of the elderly, we are in fact taking care of ourselves.”

For more information about New Outlook’s services or to read client testimonials, visit www.newoutlookhomecare.com.

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Old Kids on the Block

It was a warm and sunny September day on the lawns of the Needham Senior Center (also known as the Stephen Palmer Center) and there was a flurry of activity. As the tent went up, the chairs and tables were put into place and the staff put their hands and hearts together to organize the day’s event. A day to meet the backbones of our society and to see them smile was a day I wasn’t going to miss.

As seniors from all around gathered on the lawn of the Needham Senior Center, you could tell they were pleased. You could hear the laughter and see the warm smiles on their faces; it was priceless. Passersby stopped to inquire about the day’s events. New Outlook Homecare and Emeritus Senior Living came together with the Needham Senior Center to provide a day for the seniors. All eyes watched as the musical group Old Kids on the Block prepared to play and in no time they were ready.

As the saying goes; never judge a book by its cover. The band began and I stood in awe as the air was filled with electrified music. The drummer was playing like there was no tomorrow. The vocalist, Chery, had a voice as clear and pristine as the wind on a quiet night. I had nothing on her. She sang the throw-backs, the old hits, and I was loving every moment of it. Seniors danced and sang all the way through, and you could see how happy they were.

Afterwards, the guest speakers also did their part and everyone listened attentively. Mr Emmett Schmarsow (EHS), the supervisor of all the senior centers in Western Massachusetts, did his part in fine style. Much of what he said stands out in my mind, but one quote is burned into my memory:

If you think you’re too small to make a difference, youve obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.”

-Michelle Walker

Everyone laughed and the quote was stuck in everyone’s mind for the rest of the day. I took it home with me. No, not the mosquito.

Soon, there was a break for lunch and while the attendees sat and waited to be served, everyone got acquainted. The lunch presentation was quite a sight as all the staff members from the senior homes and center suddenly appeared and placed lunch on the tables.
There were more than one hundred seniors present and they certainly had a great time. The two seniors in the photo to the right were the comedians of the day with more jokes up their sleeves than an entire comedy club!
It was truly our pleasure to be able to bring a day of fun, music and food to the seniors at the Needham Senior Center!
Have you ever considered visiting a senior center or a hospice?  There is likely one in your neighborhood or in the next town over. Seniors are warm, friendly, loving and fun to hang out with. And the stories they remember from their youth are captivating! I always enjoy listening to their stories.

Pearly Evans, President of New Outlook Homecare

Pictured here is Ms. Pearly Evans: President of New Outlook Homecare. The smile she wears speaks of the dedication and love she has for  seniors. She displays such grace and care towards everyone she comes in contact with. Her love for seniors began when she was 12 and from there it has only grown. When the seniors speak of New Outlook Homecare caregivers, they are known as the “Pearly’s Girls“. A cut above the rest, committed and caring are some of the terms that are used to describe New Outlook’s caregivers. The company’s slogan speaks for itself: “You need care, we’ll be there“.

You could not ask for more when entrusting your loved ones to the care of Pearly’s Girls. Ms. Evans is always looking for new ways to keep our seniors happy and healthy. She has given them hope in today’s society, by showing them that there are dedicated people who will go above and beyond with the level of care and thoughtfulness to keep them smiling. Ms. Evans creates a family atmosphere with all of her clients and family where they can always have peace of mind knowing that they are in good hands.

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