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4 Great Reasons to Start a Senior’s Book Club

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Our assisted living team in Gloucester County is often asked to recommend safe, interesting and sociable activities for seniors. A book club is a great example that so many seniors can enjoy! Here are some of the benefits and four tips on how to start one:

  • It’s great for cognitive health. Cognitive decline and the development of dementia conditions is one of the greatest concerns for seniors and their families, and studies show, it’s vital to keep the mind active. Reading is fantastic exercise for the brain, activating areas concerned with memory, language, reasoning, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • It’s sociable. Sadly, loneliness and depression are common among seniors, especially those who find themselves isolated after the death of a spouse or due to mobility issues. A book club connects people with similar interests, promoting conversation and creating a much-anticipated event to look forward to each week. Social connections enhance overall well being and health, boosting the immune system and creating a sense of purpose and belonging.
  • It promotes quality sleep. Good quality sleep is important for restoring energy levels, boosting cognitive and physical healing, encouraging a good appetite, and increasing mental alertness. Seniors often struggle with sleep, often due to a decrease in melatonin – and television and other electronic stimulation doesn’t help. Reading is a good alternative, as it helps the reader unwind, relax, and go to sleep peacefully.
  • It encourages learning. Seniors benefit as much as anyone else from gaining new knowledge, getting out of their comfort zone and gaining new perspectives. Books are a wonderful source of learning about the world, different cultures, different generations, and events. It’s all about learning in an informal, low-pressure environment where ideas and concepts can be freely discussed, and seniors can learn about the world through the eyes of other people.

Making the Most of the Golden Years at Assisted living in Gloucester County 

Pitman is an assisted living community in Gloucester County, NJ, offering high quality, scalable assisted living services in a comfortable, well-supported, and beautiful environment. As part of the United Methodist Communities network, we also offer rehabilitation, access to therapists, hospice care, respite care and memory care and support services. We welcome seniors from all faith backgrounds.

To find out more about our assisted living community, please visit our website at contact us today or book a personal tour.

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4 Benefits of In Home Senior Care

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When you or a loved one start to need some extra help around the house or in daily life, there are two main solutions – moving into a CCRC or assisted living community, or hiring in home senior care. Here we take a look at how seniors benefit from home care services.

  • The comfort of home: For many people who use these services, this is by far the most important benefit. Moving can be a big disruption in life, removing you from familiar surroundings, your community and your social circle. By staying at home, a good level of independence and routine is maintained, which is something most people love – and is especially beneficial to seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Control over your care: When you choose senior home care, you get to control what services are provided, when they are provided and who provides them. This means customized care that fits the patient’s needs as well as personal preferences. You can choose from live-in care to part-time or respite care as the costs are usually determined on an hourly basis, and services can include anything from light housework, transport and companionship to assistance with bathing and grooming.
  • Affordability: By being able to customize care services and work within hourly rates, assistance for seniors is often more affordable than making the move into an assisted living facility. You can choose whatever care option best suits your budget rather than having to pay monthly fees.
  • Greater flexibility: By choosing in home care, you get greater flexibility in your services because they’re provided for just one person rather than a whole community. This means that if you want to go grocery shopping, your home health aide can take you. If you want meals at a certain time, that can be arranged. It’s all about working within your requirements.

Tailored, Expert Senior Home Care in NJ 

As a leading senior home care provider in New Jersey, our team offers in-home care for older adults through trained, experienced nursing and health aide staff. We have a wide range of services from companionship and help around the home to 24-hour live-in care, depending on exactly what you and your loved one requires. Our services are scalable and by-the-hour, allowing you to develop a custom care plan.

For more information on our senior home care services, please contact us today or visit our website at

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What is The Relationship Between Cancer and Lifestyle Factors?

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Cancer is one of the most prolific and devastating health conditions of our time and, while the exact causes of the many types of cancer are out of our control (including genetic factors), there are some ways we can help prevent these diseases. Taking a proactive approach often means making important changes to our lifestyles to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Here’s what our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey recommends:

6 Healthy Changes to Lower Your Risk of Cancer 

  1. Commit to a healthy diet. A balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, limited in processed foods (especially processed meats), sugar, and animal fats is key to keeping your body in great health. The stronger your body and immune system, the lower your risk of cancer and the greater your ability to overcome this disease.
  2. Eliminate tobacco products. Using any type of tobacco is one of the greatest factors in increasing your risk of cancer of mouth, lungs, pancreas, cervix, kidney, and throat, regardless of whether it is smoked or chewed. Giving up tobacco reduces these risks significantly, not only for yourself, but also for those who live with you.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk for several types of cancer, including prostate, lung, colon, kidney, and breast cancer. A healthy diet and exercise will strengthen your body, reduce cancer risk and boost your overall well being.
  4. Be sun safe. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer— and it can be deadly. Avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm, cover exposed skin, use a quality sunscreen, and stay away from tanning beds and sunlamps, and you’ll substantially reduce your skin cancer risk.
  5. Get vaccinated. In recent years, vaccines have been developed for two viruses that can lead to cancer development, Hepatitis B and HPV (human papillomavirus). These vaccines are widely available for boys and girls as well as adults and are effective at lowering risks of associated cancers like liver cancer, cervical and genital cancers.
  6. Pay attention to your body. Speak to your doctor about your family’s cancer history and learn how to perform self-examinations for cancer. If you commit to regular screenings (including mammograms and colonoscopies) as recommended by your doctor and report any changes to your health, you are more likely to spot cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.

Independent Living for Seniors at a Beautiful CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey 

Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community based in Sussex County that aims to provide seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up your time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of aging in place, our Continuing Care Retirement Community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model where they do not have to move from their residential apartment to access additional services as their needs change.

Contact us Contact us to find out more about our CCRC and our assisted living in Sussex County, New Jersey, please visit our website at and book your visit today.

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Ask These 3 Questions When Hiring For In Home Respite Care Services

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In home respite care services are a useful option for seniors who need some additional assistance in their daily lives after an operation, fall or illness, or for family caregivers who need additional help caring for their loved one. Here are some important issues to cover in the interview process.

What are Your Qualifications? 

In most states – but not all – home health aide services are required to have the correct license, which includes regular reviews, in order to ensure that the quality of the services they offer meet a particular standard. You can ask to see an up-to-date license and you can also call your state health department to confirm that the company you are interviewing is licensed to operate.

Another area to look into is the personal qualifications of the individual who will be providing your in home respite care services. This can be confirmed by talking to the organization about their employee background screening process, by contacting personal references, and getting a clear idea of their training and experience.

What Services Do You Cover? 

Home health aide service providers offer a wide range of services that meet the needs of a variety of people and offer an hourly rate. This ensures that you aren’t paying for time or services that you don’t need. It’s important to understand the range of services that your home health aide can cover, which may include:

  • Companionship
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Light housekeeping (laundry, vacuuming, etc.)
  • Grocery shopping, meal planning and preparation
  • Transport to social and medical appointments
  • Home care for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, palliative care, stroke recovery, cancer recovery, etc.

What Do These Services Cost? 

It’s important to find out how the agency handles expenses and billing (especially when it comes to skilled nursing care), whether costs can be submitted to health insurance or Medicare, and if the agency offers any kind of financial assistance. Be sure to get quotes in advance so that you can check with your insurance provider and ensure that it fits in your budget.

High-Quality, Compassionate In-Home Respite Care Services in NJ 

Whether you need assistance as a family caregiver or your loved one is recovering from an operation or illness, our care team is here to help through our HomeWorks program. As one of the leading residential in-home respite care providers in NJ, our fully certified staff have all the essential senior care training and experience needed to provide for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, so please feel free to ask for formal certification and references.

For more information on our home health aide services, please contact us today or visit our website at

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4 Tips for Regaining Self-Confidence After a Fall

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When we’re younger, a fall is often a minor incident that’s quickly forgotten – but for seniors, it can be a devastating shock. In fact, falls are the leading cause of disability and serious injuries in seniors, often leading to emergency room visits, surgery and lengthy healing times.

It’s easy to see how a fall can lead to a loss of self-confidence, but this fear can hold back their full recovery and lead to a long-term loss of independence. Here are four tips for helping seniors regain their all-important self-confidence from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ:

  • Acknowledge their fears. After a fall, don’t be surprised or dismissive if your loved one is fearful —  it’s important to understand fear from their perspective if you want to help them move forward. From the pain of the fall itself, to the struggle to get assistance, time in a hospital and a painful recovery, there’s a lot of legitimate concerns that your loved one will have to overcome.
  • Get professional assistance. Physical rehabilitation has come a long way in recent years, with new techniques for a faster, more effective recovery specifically designed with seniors in mind. With the right physical therapy, your loved one will be able to recover at a good pace and regain their strength, flexibility and stamina, keys to feeling more confident and independent.
  • Remove fall risks. Living spaces can become hazardous as we grow older and our reflexes decline, so it’s essential to do a full audit of your senior loved one’s home to ensure risks for future falls are reduced as much as possible. Good ideas include increasing lighting, removing clutter (especially around stairs and walkways) and loose rugs, and installing grab bars in the bathrooms.
    It’s also a good idea to set up some kind of emergency response system such as an app or device that your loved one can keep with them that will send an alert in an emergency situation.
  • Keep fit. It is easy to adopt a sedentary lifestyle as a senior — especially after a fall,  but this can actually increase your loved one’s fall risk. Without regular physical exercise, the body experiences muscle loss, balance issues and even cognitive decline.
    With a stronger, fitter body, future fall risks are greatly reduced, so ask your physical therapist about exercises your loved one can do after therapy has been completed and help them choose something they’ll enjoy, like nature walks, water aerobics, dancing or yoga.

Assisted living Camden County NJ – A Community That Cares About Senior Independence 

Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities specializing in independent living for seniors. With an experienced care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we focus our community to provide essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.

To find out more about United Methodist Communities or our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, please visit our website at or contact us and book your visit today.

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5 Great Reasons to Volunteer at Your Local Hospice!

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If you’re looking to give back to your community or take an active role in helping people, then volunteering at a local hospice can be a rewarding experience for you. Here’s why:

  1.   You’ll make a real difference. Volunteers make a meaningful difference in a hospice — they’re someone new to talk to, a positive and smiling face, and a great connection to the world outside. Just by spending time with hospice patients and their families, you’re giving a true gift and blessing during what is often a difficult time.
  2.   There’s a role for everyone. Whether you’re a social butterfly who loves meeting new people, someone who plays a great game of chess or you’re known for your incredible cakes and cookies, there’s something to suit every hospice volunteer. You can even help with administrative work, as every helping hand is appreciated!
  3.   It’s good for you too. Volunteering isn’t just good for the patients you help — studies show that volunteers also benefit. It’s linked to greater levels of happiness and wellbeing, knowing that you have contributed to something truly meaningful.
  4.   You’ll only do work that you’re comfortable with. For many volunteers, it’s common to feel worried that you’ll be asked to deal with tasks that you’re uncomfortable with or that connect with traumatic memories. However, you don’t have to worry! When you volunteer, you’ll work with staff to help you find the tasks that you enjoy — you’ll never be asked to do anything you’re uncomfortable with or that you don’t feel properly prepared to do.
  5.   It looks great on your CV. Few things look as impressive on your CV as volunteering — it shows that you’re a giving, compassionate, a team player and that you like to go the extra mile. Volunteering at a hospice is a great opportunity for anyone, but it’s especially impactful if you are planning a career in the healthcare industry as a nurse, doctor, senior care specialist, or administrator. You’ll make great professional connections, too!

Want to Become Part of Our Vibrant Volunteer Community? Contact Our Hospice in South Jersey 

At The Shores, a part of the well-known United Methodist Communities non-profit organization in New Jersey, we offer compassionate, professional hospice care at the Jersey Shore called Bridges. In this program, we focus on creating a nurturing and comforting environment for patients and their loved ones through customized care programs and compassionate support. To find out more about our hospice in Cape May County, please visit our website at or contact us today and organize your visit

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It’s Hot Out There! Get to Know These Signs of Dehydration

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With summer in full swing, it’s important to be aware of the effects of hot weather on senior health. Here is some advice from our homecare services team on recognizing the signs of dehydration in seniors and treating it properly.

Why Do Seniors Get Dehydrated? 

While anyone can get dehydrated by not drinking enough water, playing lots of sports or being outdoors in hot weather, seniors are especially vulnerable to this problem. As you get older, your fluid reserves shrink and your body’s ability to hold on to water in its system is reduced. Your body also becomes less aware of certain senses, so you don’t always realize that you are thirsty. In addition, seniors who suffer from mobility issues, chronic illnesses and cognitive issues, often find themselves limited in their ability to get water or are even dehydrated by the medications they take.

8 Signs of Dehydration in Seniors 

If a senior is dehydrated, you may notice the following symptoms:

  1. Confusion
  2. Rapid heart rate
  3. Difficulty walking
  4. Dizziness and headaches
  5. Dry mouth
  6. Low blood pressure
  7. Low urine output
  8. Constipation

If any of these symptoms occur, encourage the person to drink water in small amounts, move them into a cool, shady area and stay with them. If you have a hydration drink with electrolytes (for example, a sports drink), have them sip that. If you notice no improvement in symptoms or are concerned because they have other serious health issues, contact a doctor.

Preventing Dehydration in Seniors 

The best approach is to prevent dehydration in the first place. Here’s how:

  • Encourage hydration throughout the day, especially with meals and in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Always ensure that they have a full water bottle with them.
  • Encourage older adults to eat foods with high liquid content, for example, breakfast smoothies, soup, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol as these can have a diuretic (dehydrating) effect.
  • Not all hydration has to be in the form of water. Suggest their favorite herbal teas or iced teas, fruit and vegetable juices, and milk.
  • Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day in a cool room. A fan or air conditioning can help a lot.
  • Avoid strenuous activities like walks unless the weather is cool and always take cotton cover-ups, hats, sunscreen, and water with you.
  • Check up on senior loved ones and neighbors during heatwaves and assist with care packages or chores around the home.

At Homecare for the Elderly – Independence and Assistance with All the Comforts of Home 

Whether you need residential in-home respite care or need someone qualified and experienced to assist your loved one on a more permanent basis, our home health aide services team in New Jersey are here to help through our HomeWorks program. Our staff is certified in New Jersey and have senior care training, so please feel free to ask for formal certification and references.

For more information on our senior homecare services in NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at

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