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Resolutions for Seniors

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Christmas is behind us, New Year’s is ahead!  Which means it’s just about time to come up with new resolutions.  But what to resolve yourself for?  Different things are important to different people!  If you’re heavier than you’d like, your biggest resolution may be to lose weight.  If you want to be more intellectually stimulated this year, you might resolve to read a book a month.  What if you’re elderly or infirm, though?  What kinds of resolution can you make to stay positive and healthy and happy?  A few years ago, a retired teacher and widower named Mary Carol Herwood from the Buffalo, NY area wrote a great article to that effect for Yahoo!  Sure, it was for New Year’s 2010, not 2014, but things haven’t changed that much in four years, and she really did have some great suggestions.  She writes regularly for Yahoo!, including some great movie reviews, so you should definitely check out some of her other content.  But for this time of year, this is the article we’re interested in.  We can’t put the whole article here, you’ll have to read it on Yahoo!, but here’s our favorite of her suggestions to get you started!

“I will make plans more often to call a friend to take in a play or a movie, stop for a bite to eat and chit-chat about this and that.”

This one is our absolute favorite, as maintaining friendships and connections with others into old age is, in many ways, one of the absolute most important things to an elderly person’s continued well-being.  It can be very easy to fall into the trap of letting this part of your life go as you age, as family and health issues take up more and more of your time, but the elderly are just as in need of companionship, friendship and fun as any of us!

“I will read at least one book each month.”

Reading is a wonderfully effective and fun way to keep one’s mind sharp, and has also been proven to be an excellent deterrent to the development of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease.

“I will not make any New Year’s Resolutions in 2010.”

Replace “2010” for “2014” here, but the point stands.  If you feel happy and satisfied with everything in your life, then mission accomplished!  So what better resolution to make than to have no resolutions to make next year?

Read the entire article HERE, and a happy early 2014!


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Extemely Unusual Christmas Trees

Just one week until Christmas, so let’s have a little fun!  Everyone tries to have fun with their Christmas trees when they decorate them.  We know someone who decorates their tree with only white lights, bulbs, and Hallmark Star Trek and Star Wars spaceships, so it looks like a science fiction space scene!  But what about people who want to go even further, and just make something 100% unique?  This gallery is for them!


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Calling All Home Health Aides, Companions and Nurse Assistants!

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Just Like Family Home Care has an immediate need for Companions, Home Health Aides and Certified Nurse Assistants in Collier and Lee counties.  Typical clients will need you to provide companionship, personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping and/or shopping and errands to patients in their homes as needed.  Various shifts, including evenings & weekends, are available, and we offer competitive pay as well as a warm, happy, family-like atmosphere.  We have a specific need for registrants who are interested in doing small day shifts, four hours or less.  You will love working with our experienced office staff, and feel good about what you are doing!

You must be at least 18 years of age, mature and emotionally stable, and capable of displaying empathy and sympathy towards patients at home who have medical problems or are infirm.  Many clients want to feel like they’re being taken care of by someone who could be their own child or grandchild, so a genuinely caring and invested attitude are absolutely essential.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to application@jlfhc.com.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


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Christmas Shopping for the Elderly

Buying gifts for your elders is never easy.  Odds are, your tastes are quite different than theirs, they may not be able to use some gifts because of health issues you’re unaware of, and what might seem like a great present to you might be completely inappropriate to them!  To help you out in this fun but sometimes stressful time of year, we’ve compiled a bunch of articles that we’ve found that are just packed with great gift ideas for the elderly in your life.

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12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Retirees

EXAMPLE: Dance lessons. These offer an opportunity for great exercise and great fun. Your recipient will also meet new people, and for married couples, it’s a wonderful way to rekindle the romance. (Husbands: Get the hint! This works better than jewelry, and it’s a lot cheaper. I can personally attest to the success of this gift.) Dancing is also rated highly as an activity to keep you mentally sharp in your later years.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the Senior in Your Life

EXAMPLE: Smartphone — Phones are not only important for keeping the social connection—a necessary ingredient for quality of life—but also are crucial for senior safety. Many smartphones of today offer large buttons, photo speed dial, visual rings and more.

Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Tickets to Performances  For elderly people on fixed incomes, tickets to films, live theater, and concerts are often beyond their reach. A gift of tickets, especially to see a favorite actor, play, or performer, is often a special gift. Gift cards in multiple denominations for movies can be purchased from Fandango ‎ and directly from many movie chains. Tickets for current theater and concert offerings can be purchased from Ticket Master.

8 Christmas Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents or Grandparents

EXAMPLE: A memory quilt  Creating a quilt out of baby clothes, army uniforms (if your grandparent or dad served in the military), wedding dresses, and other unique clothes or heirlooms is a very special gift. Quilts are practical and meaningful Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or elderly parents, especially if you make it yourself – or you make it with them!

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Hire a maid: One of the things you can do for the elderly one this Christmas is to hire a maid to look after them, this maybe for a short while but it would surely mean a lot to them, and in the case where you can afford it why not engage the services of a nurse to cater to the old one, especially this period of Christmas celebration. There are maids you can hire for few days just to look after your old ones.

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents & Elderly Seniors

EXAMPLE: Terrarium  Flowers die, and a houseplant can require frequent tending. A terrarium, however, makes a lovely, elegant gift. With its own tiny ecosystem and landscape, it’s an unusual gift that will be treasured and, if made correctly, requires minimal (if any) care. They’re typically available at florists and can also be purchased online (e.g. Gothic House Terrarium with Live Plants). Or, if you have the time, make your own.