Local Caregivers Help Seniors Battle Holiday Blues

For many, the holidays are the best time of year filled with family get-togethers, feasts and fun traditions; but for seniors, this can be the most depressing of all seasons as they pine for lost loved ones. And in a lot of cases, with family hundreds of miles away, seniors struggle to decorate, shop, prepare a meal and start to feel sad that they can’t move around like they did when they were younger.

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Wellness classes in Auburn NH starting in November 2013

Wellness classes in Auburn NH starting in November 2013

Classes offered include Seated Yoga, seated and standing T'ai Chi Chih, Beginner Native American Flute, and Weight Loss.

For more information:
Contact: Ami Sarasvati, Marketing Liaison
Phone: 603-483-0001
Website: www.angelsofcommunitywellness.com


  • T'ai Chi Chih (standing OR seated)
    T'ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation and is highly beneficial for improving balance. T'ai Chi Chih also reduces stress, increases energy, and has been shown to improve immune function. Numerous medical studies have been done showing T'ai Chi Chih has helped seniors with shingles, depression, and other issues.
    Class led by Ami Sarasvati
    Classes held:
    STANDING T'ai Chi Chih: Monday 11 am - noon starts Nov 11, 2013
    SEATED T'ai Chi Chih: Thursday 11 am - noon starts Nov 14, 2013
    Class fee: $60/6 weeks, 30% discount for senior citizens!
    [See free demo class schedule at bottom]
  • Seated Yoga
    A gentle class that increases range of motion, reduces stress, and improved breathing.
    Class led by Ami Sarasvati
    Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 am - noon starts Nov 14, 2013
    Class fee: $60/6 weeks, 30% discount for senior citizens!
    [See free demo class schedule at bottom]
  • Native American Flute
    A gentle class that increases range of motion, reduces stress, and improved breathing.
    Class led by Ami Sarasvati
    Classes on Monday 9:30 - 10:30 am - starts Nov 11, 2013
    Class fee: $165 includes 6 classes, workbook with CD, and an A-minor Native American Flute.
    Please register by 10/31/13 so the flutes can be ordered and arrive on time for class on November 11.
    [See free demo class schedule at bottom]
  • Transitions: Weight Loss Solution
    Free presentation: Nov. 6 at 6:30 pm
    12 week weight loss program begins Nov 13 at 6pm. Cost is $199 plus any optional supplements. Cost includes 12 classes, website tools for 3 months to keep you on track, and your Program Journal.
    Class led by Laura Briggs.
    To register, or with questions, call Ami Sarasvati at Angels of Community Wellness at 483-0001.
    Classes are limited to 12 participants, so please reserve your space early.Please help us build a healthier community by sharing this email with seniors who would benefit from better balance, less stress, and more joy!

    Visit the website: www.angelsofcommunitywellness.com for full information.
    Come try out a class! Classes begin in November but these demo classes are offered to those who would like to learn more and experience a taste of each modality before signing up.
    T'ai Chi Chih- STANDING
    October 28-Monday: 11 am - noon
    T'ai Chi Chih- SEATED
    October 31-Thursday 11 - noon
    SEATED Yoga
    October 31-Thursday 9:30-10:30 am
    Native American Flute
    October 28-Monday 9:30-10:30 am
    Transitions: Weight Loss Solution
    Free presentation: Nov. 6 at 6:30 pm


Not Feeling Your Oats? How Roughage Helps with Digestion

Roughage is another word for fiber. We hear about it on commercials almost daily. It’s not exactly dinner time conversation, but it really should be a part of the dinner menu planning process. So what is it and why is it so important?

The Importance of Fiber

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. While insoluble fiber can’t actually be digested, it is important to the digestive process because it provides the bulk your body needs to keep things moving down the line! It can literally scrape things from the walls of your intestines and push them along the digestive tract.

Soluble fiber has been shown to be of extra importance to those living with diabetes. It can help balance blood sugar levels which are key to controlling the disease.

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The Benefits of Swimming

shared by Jeffrey Johnson

Alright, alright, so I'm a self-proclaimed water rat, both on it and in it, but that shouldn't diminish the importance of water exercising in one's overall health planning. There are many, many benefits that swimming and general water exercises offer. So, let's rattle off a few of those benefits . . . . (The 10 points listed below have been paraphrased from an article by Michael Franco in Aging, http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/retirement/10-health-benefits-of-swimming.htm):


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Choosing a Homecare Agency with Confidence

Make no mistake, choosing the right homecare provider is one decision that requires your full attention as well as your very best research efforts. You need good information and you may need it in a hurry. Not only will a homecare provider be taking care of Mom and/or Dad, but they will be in their home, having access to their life, their health, and their possessions. The purpose of this article is to provide you with the ultimate checklist for this very task. This has been crafted by a seasoned homecare business owner and credentialed senior care professional who has worked in the trenches of a homecare business and who has earned the award for "Best of Homecare" for successive years. Use this list to find the agency in your loved one's area that can satisfy every single one of these criteria.

Here are the bottom line questions to ask when choosing a high quality home care agency:
• Are they owned and operated by licensed professionals who fully understand your needs?
• How long have they been in business?
• Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?
• Do they hire only experienced caregivers?
• Are their caregivers employed or subcontracted by them?
• Are they paid "under the table"?
• Is there an extensive reference and national background check conducted on new caregivers?
• Do they continuously and systematically monitor their caregivers?
• Do they provide supplemental care in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities?
• Do they offer a full line of services, such as hygiene assistance, meal preparation, diet and hydration monitoring, light housekeeping, transportation to appointments, errands and shopping, and joyful companionship?
• Are their services customizable in terms of schedule and services to best fit your particular needs?
• Does the agency provide 24/7/365 live phone access to a case manager in case of emergencies?
• What training do they provide/require of their caregivers?
• Do they check professional and personal references?
• Do they use a computer profiling testing to screen for honesty, deception, work style, leadership, lifestyle, drive, motivation, intellect, and demeanor?
• Are they registered with the Better Business Bureau?
• Are their services customizable allowing you to scale up or down hours based on needs?
• What is their minimum hourly requirement?
• Do they offer free home assessment?
• Do they offer free home assessment AFTER BUSINESS HOURS and ON WEEKENDS to accommodate the family?
• Do they offer home safety inspections?
• Are they willing to go to Skilled Nursing Assessments to meet with clients prior to discharge?
• Does the agency provide and require on-going classroom style education to their caregivers or is their training delivered via DVDs?
• How much training, and on what topics?
• Does your agency have a third party company to systematically place random calls to clients doing quality checks?
• Does your agency have a third party company systematically place calls to its staff to ensure they too are happy and fulfilled with their employment anonymously and offer feedback?
• Does your agency use technology to have up-to-date recordings of care plan tasks and status changes reported to case managers daily?
• Does your agency have an on-line family portal to view schedules, review invoices, and see what tasks & activities happened with Mom and/or Dad each day?

Your family will sleep better at night as they move forward with confidence in employing help at home for Mom and/or Dad with these tough questions answered to your satisfaction. We hope this checklist will be a practical guide at a time of great need for your family. Visiting Angels is America's Choice in Homecare.

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