Home Care News by Comfort Keepers®

Eating Well At Any Age

Eating well is a form of self-love! 🥗💗

Filling our plates with colorful, nutrient-rich foods can protect our hearts, prevent long-term disease, improve brain function, and promote a higher quality of life as we grow older.

At Comfort Keepers of Flemington, we know that a balanced diet is essential. That’s why we work with clients to plan, shop, and prepare nutritious meals and snacks every day.

Different fruits and vegetables have different superpowers! Learn about each color and what health benefits they provide:

Tips for Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

Did you know? 💭 Laughter is good for your heart. According to Healthline, laughter reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system. 💗

Our hearts are amazing and as we age, it’s important to ensure we’re taking proper care of them. Exercising, maintaining a heart-healthy diet, avoiding smoking, and getting your blood pressure under control are all smart steps to take.

Check out tips for reducing the risk of heart disease:

What Does a Heart Attack Look Like?

Don’t miss a beat! During National American Heart Month, get to know the human body’s hardest working muscle. ❤️
When it comes to caring for our seniors and loved ones, understanding factors associated with heart health can help us reduce the risk of things like heart disease or heart attacks.

Helping to implement necessary lifestyle changes or knowing how to identify the early signs of a heart attack can save critical time.

Learn more about improving heart health and the different types & signs of a heart attack.

Living with Arthritis

Did you know? 🤔 According to Arthritis Foundation the myth that aching joints are a sign of cold weather might hold some truth. Studies have shown that cold weather can impact both inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritis. ❄️

Those living with joint pain can be affected in every season, and seniors are especially prone to developing arthritis. It’s helpful to discuss signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and strategies to help you or your loved one continue the activities that bring them purpose and joy.

Learn more about living with arthritis.

Coronavirus: How To Maintain Mental Well-being During Isolation

Just as we take steps to ensure we are physically healthy, it’s important to take care of our mental health, too! 🧠

We can help our loved ones stay hopeful during periods of isolation by developing a well-being plan for social and mental health. Here are some ideas to get you started:

👨‍👧‍👦 Connecting with family over phone calls, FaceTime, texts, and email

🧘‍♀‍ Keep moving! Try yoga, dancing, walking, or lifting weights

🌟 Find joy in everyday activities like card games, baking, or eating your favorite food

Learn more about how to maintain mental well-being during periods of isolation.

Seniors and Post-Holiday Blues: Why it Happens and What to Do

Whether you celebrated virtually or in person, it’s normal for feelings of anxiety or depression to surface after the hustle and bustle of the holiday festivities.
Feeling a bit blue after the holidays is not uncommon, especially for seniors who may be isolated from loved ones. At Comfort Keepers, we know being proactive is key. Here are some ideas to keep the post-holiday blues at bay:

🧶 Take up a hobby and enjoy learning something new

❤️ Give back! Volunteering is a great way to ease post-holiday sadness

📸 Relive the best moments from this holiday season by collecting photos and displaying them in your house

Learn more about post-holiday blues, why it happens and what to do.

When It Is Time to Consider Respite Care

“Respite: Providing or being temporary care in relief of a primary caregiver” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Respite care is by definition, a temporary role of providing relief for the primary caregiver, which allows them to provide the best possible care for their loved one.

Finding the right time to ask for support can be challenging, but we’re here to help you. Talk to your family about the benefits that respite care can provide. It gives seniors an opportunity for socialization and a fresh perspective, and it allows family caregivers to recharge and rest so they can give the best care possible to their loved one.

Is it time for your family to ask for a helping hand?

You’re Not Alone!

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 million people ages 65 and older now live alone (and almost half of women over 75 live alone!). As seniors, it’s important to have socialization to keep you sharp, healthy, and happy.

Starting the Conversation

Is it time to have the talk? 🤔 Starting the conversation about senior care is easier when you’re educated about the options (and preferences) and willing to have an open mind.

According to Home Care Association of America nearly 70% of Americans age 65 will need care at some point in their life. And, 90% of seniors want to remain in their home as they age.

🏡For many, in-home care is the best option for seniors and their families. So, have the talk about senior care and create a plan that works for your family. ➡️ Start here.

Tips for a Safe Holiday Celebration

Who is ready to celebrate? We’re all looking forward to a moment of joy and peace this year – but we have to work together to celebrate safely!

It’s time to have the talk with your family to ensure you’re all aligned on the safety measures and plan of action this year. Here’s a few things you might consider discussing with your friends and family:

● Staying extra-safe the weeks leading up to the event
● Reducing the amount of holiday gatherings you’ll attend
● Speaking with the family early and often about the plan
● Planning virtual events as a contingency plan, or planning a virtual game for those who are safer by staying at home

Keep reading for Comfort Keepers of Flemington guide to holiday safety.

Using the Five Senses When Visiting Senior Relatives this Holiday Season

Home is where the heart is, whether you’re in person or apart this holiday season. ❤️🏡

When connecting with senior loved ones this holiday season, make an effort to have conversations with loved ones and family members about their health (mental and physical!).

For long-distance family members, in-home or respite care is a great option for ensuring seniors are healthy, happy, and socializing with someone who they enjoy.

Learn how Comfort Keepers can support you this holiday season.

Loneliness and Isolation Can Affect Senior Health

Do you live alone? If so, do you ever feel a little lonely? You’re not alone in that. ❤️

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 million people ages 65 and older now live alone (and almost half of women over 75 live alone!).

As seniors, it’s important to have socialization to keep you sharp, healthy, and happy. 💃🏼

As loved ones and caregivers, it’s our goal to help ensure that happens.

Try these activities that help to improve health and combat loneliness:
● Give social media a try
● Plan activities (virtual or social distanced) with friends
● Research virtual social gatherings and make a new friend
● Become a virtual volunteer with card writing or a helping hand

Find out how Comfort Keepers of Flemington can help seniors and their families stay connected and well.

Five Ways to Connect with Seniors During the Holidays

A lot of holiday excitement comes from knowing you are planning a day of joy and celebration for you and your loved ones. ❤️ To keep seniors on our invite lists safe this year, the CDC recommends to only celebrate with people you live with or celebrate virtually. Here’s a few tips from Comfort Keepers on how to spread joy this season:

• Record a video message and send it to them

• Send a card to brighten their day

• Call to let them know you’re thinking of them

Tips for a Safe Holiday Celebration

Getting ready to celebrate the holidays? 🍁🦃

This year, holiday celebrations may look a little different for seniors and their families. At Comfort Keepers of Flemington, we want to encourage you to find joy in the holiday season, while making it a priority to keep loved ones safe.

That’s why we are sharing information and advice from the CDC to help families plan. Make memories safely by following these tips for a safe holiday celebration.