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Hello, we hope your 2015 is off to a great start! Our first blog of 2015 is from Fay. Fay is from Senior Planning.com


Care for the Caregiver


Caregiving for a loved one can be very rewarding and is becoming increasingly commonplace in our graying society. More than 65 million Americans who are not health care professionals provide care for a loved one. Inasmuch as providing care is highly rewarding and a core value to those who want to give back to their parents or care for their spouse, it can be exceedingly difficult and stressful. Over time, it can take a serious toll on one’s health and well being.

In order to continue providing the TLC a caregiver would like to provide for their loved one and keep their sanity, one must take care of their own needs first and foremost; they must care for the caregiver. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Accept help. Many times people will offer help but will be told, “No, I’m fine.” There is no need to pretend that all is well and you are perfectly in control. Make a list of the simple tasks friends and neighbors can help you with, for example, take Mom for a 20 minute walk several times a week or prepare dinner periodically. Maybe someone can pick up some groceries for you or medication from the pharmacy. It’s up to you to accept help when you need it.  

Get professional help as well when needed. Professional counseling is available for caregivers, and statistics have shown that caregivers who get the counseling they need are more apt to be able handle difficult situations and recognize the needs of the care receiver. Also, getting Medicaid to cover long-term care is a difficult process and you may need help with that. There are many qualified Medicaid planning companies and eldercare attorneys who can assist you with that. Don’t try to be everywhere at once; stay focused on caregiving while the professionals do their part. It will surely help reduce much stress.

Go for a walk. This is a very effective way of releasing stress and gives you some much-needed quiet time. Walking is good for your mind, your body and your spirit. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco studied the brain function of roughly 6,000 women over an eight-year period and concluded that those women who walked several times a week were less likely to have age-related mental decline. The physical benefits are also well known, including a healthier heart, lungs and circulatory system. 

Laugh daily. Laugh even if you don’t feel like it. Studies have shown that laughter increases your blood-flow, strengthens your immune system and lowers your blood pressure. For a great post on the benefits of humor and laughter for caregivers, click here.

Join a support group. When you join a support group you know you not alone, learn to accept help and get the opportunity to share in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. You also find resources and form new friendships. The key is; don’t try to be superman. Everybody out there also needs help. Join a support group today.

Stay connected to family and friends. Make it a point to get together with a friend or sibling at least once a week a do something exciting together. The benefit this will have on your overall mood and health cannot be overstated.  This is also a good opportunity to ‘let your guard down’ about your caregiving abilities and share your strengths and weaknesses as a caregiver with a close friend.

Conclusion: Caregiving is an altruistic and compassionate form of benevolence and probably the greatest gift you can bestow on a loved one, but don’t forget to take care of the caregiver, as well!


Thank you.

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Hello, I hope all is well. For weeks, I have been patiently waiting to find out what new store is going to open in Hudson Mall while walking on Thursdays with the seniors. For a while, the black paint on the windows and lighted ceilings were noticeable. Weeks passed and no more black paint on the windows. To my surprise, the name of the store read Hudson Rehab Spa! I thought to myself this Rehab Spa is going to be a great help to seniors. The ecstatic smile on my face lit as I noticed the rep sitting at the desk. Unfortunately, the door remained locked, so I could not make my visit. I said to myself, maybe next week. A week passed and Hudson Rehab Spa doors opened. At first, I did not see anyone, so I decided to go in to pick up a business card from the desk. As I walked in the clean and open space, a man came behind me. The gentleman said hello and welcome. I replied back with a pleasant good morning and smile. Mike and I began to talk; the discussion of his new Spa and AngelaCARES. I asked Mike the date of his grand opening and he told me it will be on Saturday, June 7, at 3pm. I asked to invite the seniors who were now walking in the Mall and he said yes.


The seniors were walking in the Mall, I invited them to come in and Mike gave them a tour of his new Rehab Spa. Mike had no problem talking, engaging and answering questions from the seniors! The seniors and I welcomed Mike and thanked him for his hospitality.


I want to thank Mike for his hospitality and sharing the news of his new Rehab Spa. If you are looking for a Rehab Spa in Jersey City, please take a moment to visit Hudson Rehab Spa located in Hudson Mall, Rte. 440.

Thank you,

Angela V. McKnight

Founder & CEO


Grand Opening Saturday, June 7th at 3pm

Hudson Rehab Space Hudson Mall 701 State Rte. 440, Suite 21 Jersey City, NJ 07304

Tel: 201-315-9859 Website - www.hudsonrehabspa.com


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Hello, hope you are doing well! We hope you enjoy this informative blog!

When we talk about common security problems involving elderly people, what usually comes to mind? You’ll think of the facilities and how the staffs handle their patients, right? Just think, if a facility member failed to provide safety for our loved one, would you really think about trusting your aging loved one to an institution that is unsafe? We will be identifying one-by-one the common security problems that some elder care facilities are facing and how to address these issues with simple solutions.

Security Problem #1: Easy Access to Utilities or Treatment Rooms

Areas where medications and other medical equipment tools are stored could become a hazard. If patients and visitors have easy access to these areas, it could be very hazardous, especially to children who do not understand the dangers these areas contain. During administration hours, these rooms are found to be unlocked and unsupervised. This is one of the most common security problems that most elder care facilities encounter.

Security Problem #2: Kitchen Left Unattended

After visiting hours or when it’s time for the residents to rest, refrigerators and freezers oftentimes seem to be unlocked making them easily accessible by anybody. This could cause the food to become contaminated or stolen. The kitchen is also where sharp objects such as knives are stored, which can be very dangerous if not properly managed.

Security Problem #3: Windows

There are times where staffs forget to check their facilities’ windows, especially in the residents’ rooms. This can lead to patients climbing down from the window and if they are located on a higher floor, this could be very dangerous. This should be a reminder for every facility to check their windows.

Security Problem #4: Poor Security Enforcement or Lack of Security

Some poorly managed facilities only have one security guard on call. This could be the result of cutting costs. On rare instances, some facilities do not hire a guard for the night shift, which could be a big problem.

For those with security guards, there is no guarantee that they can cover the whole grounds. So, monitoring residents and their visitors is still a major problem for administrative staffs without the help of CCTV cameras. The lack of security guards in the area makes it very easy for outsiders to go in without being noticed, or even for visitors and residents alike to go to areas where they are not supposed to be. 


These common security problems that any elder care facilities face can be avoided. They need to implement strict policies and procedures and cannot compromise the security of their residents or patients. Every staff member should be trained, informed and made to follow the facility’s policies.

So before you decide which facility you want your aging loved one to check in to, make sure you check their security measures to decide whether it is safe and secure or not. 



Jesse Waugh writes for Daughterly Care. Daughterly Care is one of the leading privately owned agencies offering Homecare in New South Wales, which includes residential respite care.


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We hope you are well. Today, we have the honor to have a guest blogger to talk about caregiving. 


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By: Kathy Birkett, Co-Founder at the Senior Care Corner

You are proud to be a caregiver.

You stepped into a role that not only meets the needs of your loved one but brings you personal fulfillment as well. You will never look back and regret the decision you made to become a caregiver.

Whether you provide oversight and assistance from afar by bringing meals, transporting your loved one to appointments or doing yard work on weekends, or you are a fulltime live-in caregiver doing all daily tasks for your loved one, it can drain you.

Caregiving affects your time, treasures and talents in every aspect of your life. You may be devoting more and more of your time to caregiving. What was once a few hours a week quickly becomes a full time commitment for you and possibly your family members. It might mean you have little time for your partner, kids or even your job. At times you may be paying for things that are not affordable for your loved one but you feel are a necessity. You may be paying for technology that makes your caregiving experience easier. You may find yourself investing not only your finances but also your energy meeting the needs of your loved one emotionally and spiritually. Caregiving is not always easy. Because it is often a role that will not be filled with thank yous from the person you care for so lovingly, you must find it in yourself to know that what you are doing is valuable.

Providing that value to others can affect your well-being too if you are not careful. Being aware of the potential for burnout is the first step in recognizing the toll caregiving can take on you and taking action to avoid it. If you are burned out, you will not be able to provide care for the one you love or even care for yourself.

Strategies to Avoid Burnout


1.       Get enough sleep every day. Prepare yourself for sleep, give yourself plenty of time in your day’s schedule to allow for enough sleep. Begin a bedtime routine that allows you to properly wind down so that when you climb into bed, you can sleep deeply. Be sure your bed is comfortable, the room is at the right temperature and the light level is appropriate to keep you sleeping all night.


2.       Get enough to drink. Stay hydrated throughout the day as you go about your duties.


3.       Don’t neglect your own preventive medicine appointments. Stay on top of your personal health. Get a flu shot, shingles shot, pneumonia shot and any other immunization for which you are eligible.


4.       Wash your hands. Wash thoroughly and often. This will help prevent the spread of germs and lower the risk that you and your loved one will become ill.


5.       Smile! Maintain a positive outlook. Don’t let simple, day-to-day pressures get you down. Look for ways to de-stress when you feel tension. Take frequent breaks if your loved one pushes your buttons. Find the funny in your day!


6.       Ask for help when you need it. Maintain your personal network of people who can offer a hand with a particular task, an afternoon off for you, a shoulder to lean on and advice to keep you going. Join a support group either locally or online. You will be able to learn more about caregiving, tips to cope with situations that are common among caregivers and gain expertise from those walking in your shoes. You are not alone and will need to seek support before caregiving duties become overwhelming.


Being a family caregiver is a life changing experience that will bring you joy and purpose, and sometimes frustration. You are providing a gift for your loved one of unspeakable value. You are doing what you are meant to be doing.

In order to do your best and meet the needs of everyone for whom you care, it is vital that you care for yourself first.

We wish you health and happiness!


Kathy Birkett is an experienced caregiver and Co-Founder of Senior Care Corner, which is a resource for insights and tips for family caregivers of seniors. There she provides information to help family members in their role as caregivers and in caring for their own needs.



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Blog By: Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United


As 7-year-old Ian looked at pictures of people of all generations, he took in the friendly faces, unhappy faces and diverse faces. When asked who he could be friends with, he’s as likely to point to another 7-year-old as he is to a 77-year-old.

His mother reports he will run up to an older person in a wheelchair to say hello, not stare at them out of curiosity as some of his peers might.  

Ian’s a boy for all ages because of his early childhood spent in an intergenerational shared site that offers day care for young and old. Rather than artificially segregating people by age cohort, intergenerational programs offer an alternative view of a world that honors and engages all ages and abilities.

The late anthropologist Margaret Mead understood the benefits of intergenerational programs, when she noted: “Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.”

Those words ring true today as they did when they were first published over four decades ago. While some are just waking up to smell the demographics, professionals in the field of aging have long been aware of America’s growing racial generation gap.

According to our report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America, more than half of Americans today under the age of five are people of color, compared to less than one in five Americans over 65. Our demographic diversity – in both age and race – is our greatest asset. Young people of color, who will drive the future growth in our workforce, will be challenged to support and care for older people in the future.

While early intergenerational programs in the U.S. started to help alleviate the growing poverty and isolation among elders, the programs have advanced greatly.

Over the last four decades, intergenerational practice has developed into a more systematic effort to address social problems that can include providing extra support for low-income children, teaching a person of another age a new skill or generations learning about each other’s cultures.

Intergenerational programs connect young and old folks for mutually beneficial, planned activities.

These opportunities resulted in older adults remaining active and productive while young people are provided a means for recognition. Both groups benefit from feeling valued as contributing members of society.

Intergenerational opportunities also give elders a chance to pass along the value of volunteerism and community involvement to younger ages, while they give young people a way to share unique talents and skills with older adults.

Today, there are possibly thousands of intergernational models of all types and sizes operating in rural, suburban and urban communities across the world.

Here are some examples.

Road Scholar Intergenerational Programs were designed for adults (grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, or authorized family friends) to participate in a learning adventure with their young relatives or friends. These programs provide opportunities for grandparents to get to know their grandchildren better, for aunts and uncles to share their enthusiasm for special places, and for participants to experience with younger friends the spirit of Road Scholar: "sharing new ideas, challenges, and experiences is rewarding in every season of life." 

Older volunteers are also engaged at San Pasqual Academy in Escondido, California. This intergenerational residential facility operates as an extended family for the foster youth and older adults who live on the campus. So the elders are the grandparents, the resident assistants are house parents and the young people treat one another like siblings. The teachers, counselors, therapists and staff also become a part of that family. Older mentors help teens develop independent living skills and help them transition out of the foster care system.

The roles reverse at The ManaTEEN Club in Bradenton, Florida. Teen volunteers in the Home Safety for Seniors program evaluate older adults’ needs and install items such as bathtub rails, deadbolts and smoke alarms in their homes. They also have a Pets in Emergencies program to identify pet-friendly facilities for seniors who refuse to evacuate in weather emergencies without their pets, as well as to transport those pets during evacuations.

At Habitat Intergenerational Program (HIP), a Boston-based program founded in 1997, children, high school students and older adults are linked for service-learning projects focused on environmental issues and conservation. They work side by side on a variety of projects including spreading wood chips on trails and clearing invasive plants.

Developed by Temple University’s Center for Intergenerational Learning, Across Ages is a national program replicated in over 40 communities across the country. It matches older adult mentors with middle school youth, teaches life skills and engages teens in community service activities to prevent substance abuse and other potential problems.

Then there’s the Rocori Senior Center in Cold Spring, Minnesota, located in the Rocori Middle School. Older adults sing in the school choir and are living history classroom speakers. They also help by working in the media center or chaperoning dances.

These examples show that intergenerational programs, whether community-wide or facility-based, make better use of resources because they connect generations rather than separate them. When the wisdom of age is mixed with the energy of youth, it creates a powerful combination that benefits everyone.

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Donna Butts is Executive Director of Generations United, a Washington-based membership organization of more than 100 groups that seek to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.

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As we get older, it may get more difficult for us to move around and perform household chores. Perhaps you have trouble keeping your balance or you feel that you are not as strong as you used to be. It is crucial to stay as active as possible as we age. This way, we can stay strong and stay independent.

There are several ways an older adult can stay active and busy. A variety of programs and services are available and reasonably priced. Depending on your conditions or needs, it is important to research a program that would be a good fit. One of the biggest complaints older adults have is boredom. This may be because their health conditions could limit their ability to be active, social, and engaged. The results of these conditions can be feelings of isolation and loneliness, and these feelings can further affect physical and mental health.

An in-home caregiver or companion is an option available for those who would like company and assistance around the home. Sometimes older adults need assistance with tasks such as bathing, chores, dressing or grocery shopping.  In-home caregivers can provide some casual companionship as well, which can help the feeling of isolation and boredom. 

They are not for everyone, but adult day programs are a way seniors can get up, out and meet some of their peers. Adult day programs sometimes include social clubs for retirees, exercise classes, field trips, nutritious meals, and support groups. These day programs are usually run by nonprofit senior centers or organizations that have a sliding scale for program fees.

Volunteering for local non-profits can be another way older adults can stay engaged in their community. Nonprofits across the nation provide a vast amount of programs for seniors. Volunteer visitors, errand-running programs, visitor pets are just a few options available for seniors. Programs tend to differ depending on the city you live in and it is probably best to check your local senior center for nonprofits in your area.

Peer counseling is also something that older adults can look into for casual companionship as well as emotional support. Someone who can relate to your current position in life is sometimes the best person to speak to about personal or emotional issues you may experience. Senior Peer Counseling is a volunteer program that is offered nationally for the sole purpose of helping seniors find company as well as support. Counselors are usually matched with senior clients who can visit them in their own home or at a local senior center or somewhere the person feels comfortable. These peer counseling programs are usually organized by nonprofit organizations and senior centers.

Find a senior center and look for what kind of exercise classes they have available. Just about any type of exercise will benefit you as you age as long as you do not risk injury. Cardiovascular exercises like swimming, walking, biking, or tennis are all physical activities that can keep you fit and active without the risk of serious injury. Of course, speak with your doctor first to make sure the exercise regime won’t over exert your body and lead to injury and sickness. Physical activities that challenge your balance are also important if you have trouble in this area. Pilates, yoga, and tai chi are exercises that will keep you flexible and nimble. They will also help you prevent losing balance or falling. Strength training activities such as free weights, weight machines, or resistance exercises can help you perform chores around the home. Overall, exercising can help you stay engaged, active and social.

By Guest Blogger Jacob Edward


Jacob Edward is the manager of Senior Planning in Phoenix Arizona. Jacob founded Senior Planning in 2007 and has helped many Arizona seniors and their families navigate the process of long term care planning. Senior Planning provides assistance to seniors and the disabled finding and arranging care services, as well as applying for state and federal benefits. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys dining out and supporting his alma mater Arizona State's Sun Devil sports teams. Jacob lives in Tempe, Arizona.                                                              


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Soxcess taking care of our senior neighbors.”

When you look at this photo, what do you see? Half of a young face peeking out of a hood shovel in hand as his parent tells him to look toward the camera. He is wearing a sweet smile as he goes about his business. You see, this is Jeremy Garriga and that is not his family’s pathway he is shoveling. It’s his elderly neighbor’s. And while that is something special in and of itself, there is much more behind that sweet smile.

Jeremy is the founder of Soxcess, and annual sock drive and family initiative advocating for the homeless, less fortunate, those afflicted with breast cancer and the mentally ill in Hudson County. My Fox Detroit reported that Jeremy donated close to 2,800 pairs of socks and other winter basics this past holiday season at the Project Homeless Connect, the Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation in Union City, The York Street Project, St. Lucy’s Shelter and The Jersey City Peace Movement in Journal Square. Jeremy was even awarded a $500 grant from Youth Service America for Soxcess and Radio Disney’s Grant Award. In addition, DoSomething.org named Jeremy a 2013 Seed Grant Winner because of his endeavor.

But that’s not the only amazing thing about this particular snow shoveller. Jeremy is a member of The First Tee of Metropolitan NY, a golf program with over 5,000 participants, which teaches young players life skills through the game of golf. Jeremy was named as their Outstanding Male Participant and awarded a scholarship at the NY Athletic Club. Back in April of 2013, Jeremy joined 400 national scholarship winners who, like him exemplify academic achievement and humanitarian work and were recognized by the Carson Scholar’s Fund. Then in September, Jeremy went to Atlanta where he was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and named The First Tee Coca-Cola America’s Future finalist. Because of this and his other successes at The First Tee, the We Are Family Foundation/ 3 Dot Dash announced that Jeremy was 1 of 30 international teen leaders chosen to be part of a weeklong Peace Summit in New York City in April of this year. The coalition consists of teens from 11 countries, all whose individual service projects are “improving the world and impacting the lives of many” and Jeremy will represent the United States and Hudson County Schools of Technology.

Did we mention that Jeremy has also raised $2,500 for Strides Against Breast Cancer, volunteers at the Jersey City Police Department, delivers Thanksgiving meals to seniors including helping us deliver 500 meals this past Thanksgiving, is a cast character at the Halloween Fun House held in the Hudson Mall and still manages to find time to get great grades, be Chapter President of The National Honor Society and work toward his ultimate career goal as a neurosurgeon?

Jeremy is a youth on the rise to fulfilling his own personal dreams with his dedication to help others and volunteerism. We are proud that Jeremy is one of our Youth honorees at our 1st Gala this coming summer. 

And this is the same person in this photo. This person, this youth still finds the time in his busy schedule to shovel his elderly neighbor’s driveway. Doing good starts somewhere, why not start by helping those who can’t help themselves and see where it takes you?


Thank you,

By Melanie Breault, PR Coordinator at AngelaCARES, Inc.




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Hello, we hope you are doing well. We love providing information that helps seniors live their best life. This week we are sharing this article from our guest blogger Jacob Edward. Please take a moment, sit back and enjoy your reading...

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three adults age 65 and older will fall every year. As an older adult, falls can cause moderate to severe injuries such as head traumas or hip fractures. These injuries can increase the risk of an early death. Many of these falls will occur inside the home, if the home has not been properly equipped to prevent such accidents. At home, we are less likely to think about our own safety and may forget to equip our home with important assistance devices.

The first step to fall proofing your home is to remove any devices or items that could cause you to trip or slip as you are walking. Clutter such as boxes, newspapers, phone cords, or cable cords can become hazards if they are not removed from high traffic areas or removed entirely from the home. Pet bowls as well as furniture that is low to the grounds or other loose items will need to be removed from the walkways around your home. Loose rugs or carpeting should also be taped to the ground or removed, as it is likely that one can trip on these items.

Make sure the furniture around your home is arranged so that you have plenty of room to walk normally without the inhibition of movement. Keep your staircases or stairways free of clutter. In your bathroom, be careful to put non-slip bath mats inside your tub or shower as well as a rubber mat outside on the bathroom floor. These items are readily available at department or hardware stores. Wet floors or spills should be cleaned and dried immediately to avoid slipping.  Grab bars next to the toilet as well as in the shower should be installed to help you get in and out of the tub or shower. These assistance devices will lower your risk of a slip or fall. Make sure that these grab bars are installed by a professional, to ensure that they will not become loose or fall.

Poor lighting around the home is also a cause for trips or falls. Be sure to utilize nightlights in your bedroom, hallways, stairwell, bedroom, and kitchen. Glowing switches are also a tool that one can use to find light switches in the dark. Keeping a flashlight next to your bed for easy access in case of a blackout is also a good idea. Lighting up your living space will make getting around at night easier and safer, especially if you live alone. Your bed should not be too low or too high, as it may be difficult to get in or out of bed. If the bed is too high, you could run the risk of falling out of bed. Too low, and you may injure yourself trying to get up. This advice goes the same for all the furniture you have in your home.

Pay close attention to where you store everyday items. Put items such as food, dishes, and clothing in easy to reach places that will not cause you to strain to retrieve them. This change can help you reduce the risk of falling.

What is perhaps most important is to speak with your primary care provider about your current physical or mental conditions that could affect your balance and strength. Have them look over your current prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Some inner ear or eye conditions can have a serious effect on how you move around your home, which is why it is important to meet with your doctor and develop a plan that is best for you.


Author: Jacob Edward is the manager of Senior Planning in Phoenix Arizona. Jacob founded Senior Planning in 2007 and has helped many Arizona seniors and their families navigate the process of long term care planning. Senior Planning provides assistance to seniors and the disabled finding and arranging care services, as well as applying for state and federal benefits. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys dining out and supporting his alma mater Arizona State's Sun Devil sports teams. Jacob lives in Tempe, Arizona.



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Hello, we hope this post finds you well. We put our best foot forward to helping seniors, youth and caregivers! We want to provide you with information and resources that you can use and/or share with others. We are happy to have guest bloggers share their talents and skills with all of you. We thank you for your support and pray that you learn something from the following post. Thank you.

Senior Care and Medicaid by Jacob Edward

Many people are largely unaware of the fact that Medicaid can help seniors pay for long-term care. Most seniors understand the benefits of Medicare, which can help with temporary situations like skilled nursing for rehabilitation and home health. When it comes to long-term care needs, Medicaid is the program to look towards for those who need help financially to meet their care needs on a long-term basis. Medicaid programs vary state by state, but here are some general rules to follow in exploring whether Medicaid might be an option for you.

In broad strokes, in order to qualify for Medicaid in regards to long-term care, you will need to meet a financial and medical qualification. The medical qualification will determine if you are indeed in need of long-term care. The financial application will determine whether or not you are in need of assistance, as per the standard of your state’s Medicaid program.

So, who qualifies for Medicaid for long-term care? Generally, long-term care is necessary for seniors and other disabled individuals who cannot maintain themselves living independently in their own home. Reasons for this might include memory loss, a lack of mobility, or other issues that prevent a person from living alone. Long-term care is intended to supplement these individuals who need help with the activities of daily living (sometimes called ADLs) such as personal care and hygiene, food preparation, toileting, and other things that we all have to do on a day-to-day basis. Typically, Medicaid patients will receive care at the directed care level in order to qualify for this benefit. Other conditions, such as diagnosed Alzheimer's Disease may also play a major role in helping a person qualify.

Financial qualifications vary greatly from state to state. We recommend checking with a lawyer or financial adviser from your area if you are not able to get enough information about your local laws regarding financial qualification. It is especially important to do this if you are married, as you may have to make additional arrangements.

The next question is: what kind of care can I get on Medicaid? Medicaid provides for directed care, which means that you will be receiving daily care from professional caregivers. Directed care is usually administered in an assisted living, residential care (group home), or nursing home setting. Certain states may have restrictions as to where you can live if you are accepting state assistance, while others are less restrictive. It is important to find out if any of the places that you are considering accept Medicaid. Those homes that accept Medicaid are usually very accommodating and will help you get all your ducks in a row for your application.

Some people who qualify for Medicaid choose to continue to live on their own. This almost always means another family member is taking care of them in the home full time. In certain states, the Medicaid supplement can be used to bring additional help into the home to supplement the primary caregiver, or to give them a break.  This supplement also varies, but may be an option in certain situations.

A word of warning: the long-term care benefits from Medicaid are one of the more complex benefit programs for individuals. If you think that Medicaid might be an option for you, be sure to do all of your research to make sure that you are making the right choices for yourself or your loved one. However, despite how frustrating it can be sometimes, those who need it understand just how absolutely essential this program is.


Jacob Edward is the manager of Senior Planning in Phoenix, Arizona. Jacob founded Senior Planning in 2007 and has helped many Arizona seniors and their families navigate the process of long-term care planning. Senior Planning provides assistance to seniors and the disabled by finding and arranging care services, as well as applying for state and federal benefits. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys dining out and supporting his alma mater, Arizona State's Sun Devil sports teams. Jacob lives in Tempe, Arizona.



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   Avoiding the Tsunami of Drug Prices: Improve Your Brain Function the Natural Way

By Virgina Cunningham


Hitting a wall or feeling mentally exhausted? Stuck in a rut that you can’t break free of? In times of desperation, we might come to the conclusion that we need to see a professional for some help, but with the costs of medications in the U.S. constantly rising, many of us can’t even afford to see a doctor.

The fact of the matter is that, in many cases, we can actually help how we physically and mentally feel by making a few lifestyle changes of our own. By eating certain foods, partaking in daily exercise and playing games (yes, games!), we can improve our overall health naturally, without spending tons of money on prescription drugs.

Embracing the strategies below may boost your brainpower, help keep you mentally healthy and ultimately make you smarter:

Improve Your Nutrition


There's no magic diet that can fix everything, but watching what you eat is essential for overall good health. Avoid the soda pop and vending machine snacks, and opt for powerful brain boosters instead. The following are a few “superfoods” that can put you in a better mood, help you maintain a healthy weight, increase your odds of a healthy brain, lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

1) Blueberries:  Packed with antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, vitamin C and potassium, blueberries are the top choice of doctors and nutritionists when it comes to boosting the brain. They also act as an anti-inflammatory, reduce stress and have been shown to improve learning ability and motor skills.

Take some blueberries with you as a snack for work. They also mix well in frozen yogurt as well as morning smoothies!

2) Nuts:  These provide an immediate energy boost that won’t make your mind crash later. Packed with vitamin E, protein, fiber and beneficial fats, nuts are essential for cognitive function. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios and macadamias are among the best kinds of nuts for the brain.

Grab a mix of these for an afternoon snack or try throwing some raisins, dried cranberries and granola with them to make your own personal trail mix. If you like things a bit spicy, roll them in some sriracha sauce and toss them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.

3) Wild Salmon:  Rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids, wild salmon is a great anti-inflammatory substance that helps to improve cognition, alertness, memory and mood. It also has the ability to reduce the risk of degenerative mental disease, depression, anxiety and hyperactivity.

In many cases, wild salmon can easily be found at your local grocery store. Just make sure to ask if it is indeed wild salmon. It may be a bit pricey, but you should consider including it as a main dish maybe once a week. Personally, I love marinating my salmon in low-sodium soy sauce and glaze it with bit of maple syrup, then bake it in the oven. I also enjoy garnishing it with steamed asparagus and other yummy veggies.

On the other hand, if wild salmon isn’t at all in your budget, you might find that a supplement that contains omega 3’s will suffice.

4) Avocado:  Start each day with beneficial monounsaturated fats to help blood circulate better, which is essential for optimal brain function. Avocado is high in fiber, folic acid, potassium and is cholesterol free.

When I first think about avocado, what else comes to mind besides guacamole? While fresh guacamole is one of my favorites, there are plenty of other recipes that can easily incorporate this smooth, buttery fruit.

Additional “brain foods” include beets, cranberries, flaxseed, apples, kale, whole grains, beans, pumpkins, spinach, turkey, yogurt, sweet potato and more! Let natural compounds in delicious foods act as the first line of brain-health defense. The closer that the food you eat is to its natural state, the better it will be for your body and your brain!


Physical exercise is not only good for your body, it also helps your brain stay sharp. The benefits of exercise range from the molecular to the behavioral level, and help facilitate information processing and memory functions. Exercise increases heart rate, which pumps oxygen to the brain and releases hormones that nourish the growth of brain cells. It also stimulates growth of new connections between cells in the important cortical areas of the brain.




Since not all of us are able to afford a monthly gym membership, we may have to get a bit creative with how we incorporate physical exercise into our daily lives. Fortunately, it’s easier than you think!

Youtube, for example, has a vast inventory of helpful workout videos. Yoga podcasts are also an option if you enjoy the outdoors. All you really need are some clothes you can break a sweat in and maybe a good pair of running shoes.

Brain Games/Puzzles

Keeping your brain in top shape doesn’t mean you have to enroll in graduate classes or write a thesis. In fact, regularly challenging yourself with mental exercise and new activities can help improve memory and lower your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. When the brain is learning, thousands of new connections are being made. Memory games, reflex tests, brain reflections, and concentration games are all fantastic and effective ways to exercise the brain!  

Home Remedies

What do you usually reach for when you have a headache, upset stomach or are feeling nauseous? It’s probably a pill of some kind, right? There are many natural home remedies that can make you feel better in a pinch so that you don’t need to pop a pill for every problem. Here are a few ways to help ease an aching head and assist with memory:

1) Migraines:  Peppermint essential oil is an affordable and easy remedy. Just rub a few dabs onto your temples and wait 15 minutes for it’s anti-inflammatory effects to soothe nerves. You can also grind-up a 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and stir it into a glass a water, and gulp it down to reduce nausea that often accompanies headaches. 

2) Brain Freeze:  As soon as you feel a brain freeze approaching, place your tongue on the tip of your mouth to calm nerves and reduce pain. It’s the simplest trick ever and it really works!

3) Memory Problems:  Sip on herbal teas that contain sage, rosemary and basil. You can also add them to olive oil and massage over the neck and back to improve a weak memory.

Exercising, eating well, engaging in stimulating activities and home remedies can all help spike brain activity and prepare you for the mental stressors of the day. In addition, they increase retention of new information and help provide better reactions to complex situations. Your brain plays a critical role in everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, playing, working and sleeping. Making healthy choices will ensure it stays agile, alert and healthy as you age.


Virginia Cunningham is a health enthusiast and mother of three living in Southern California. She exercises her brain each day through exercise and memory enhancing activities, including yoga and online games. To read more of her work or find out more about her, visit her site at http://virginiacunningham.weebly.com/.

Virginia wants to know, what do you do to keep your mind active? Share your comments below!

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Help for the Nagging Guilt of the Dementia Caregiver

by Paula Spencer Scott, author of SURVIVING ALZHEIMER'S


I call guilt the leader of the "seven deadly emotions" of Alzheimer's caregiving -- up there with resentment, worry, fear, anger, loneliness, and grief. Guilt is a tough one because everyone feels it to some degree, almost every day.

Let's look at some common guilt scenarios:

* Guilt for what I'm not doing. I should be entertaining Grandma more…I should cook healthier meals…I ought to get us both exercising…

* Guilt for what I'm doing. I feel bad when I take my husband to the day center, but I need a break…I shouldn't rush Mom through her shower like that…I ought to be able to handle this without whining -- after all I'm her daughter!

* Guilt for not doing enough. After years of struggles, one caregiver agonized over whether it was time to place her diabetic and demented mom, who was obese and becoming incontinent, into a care facility. When her mom needed an amputation, the discharge planner and doctors agreed there was little question that this would be best. A good option was found that worked out well all around. But the caregiver nevertheless felt she had let her mother down. "I feel like there's more I could have done…."

* Guilt for being away. Long-distance caregivers feel their cash and phone support isn't enough. Those who use respite care are pricked with feelings of insufficiency because they can't do it 24/7.

* Guilt for being happy or well. "I'm in a good mood today -- oh wait, I shouldn't be, because my husband has Alzheimer's." "Why am I the healthy one and he's in such terrible shape?"


What you should know about guilt: 

As the examples illustrate, there's no end to opportunities for guilt in the realm of Alzheimer's caregiving. You can't ignore this pesky emotion. You can't will it away. Guilt simply is.  

Occasionally guilt can be a productive emotion. Call it "good guilt" -- the nagging voice in our heads that causes us to examine our behavior and decide whether a change is in order. If you feel guilty because you were impatient with your loved one, for example, it's like a little poke reminding you to try harder or take a deep breath next time. Guilty you didn't go to the gym? Yes, that would have been good for you, and what would make that possible? 

Unfortunately most of what eats us alive is "bad guilt." Bad guilt has no constructive underbelly. Bad guilt makes you feel bad about a situation that you can't help (your parent has to move to rehab, for instance) or that is actually a positive for you (you've hired home care because you can't do it all yourself).  

Then we beat ourselves up for reasons that are unrealistic and counterproductive. All that stewing and self-flagellation wastes precious mental energy. 

(If you're a mother, you're probably a champion at guilt. Women who are actively being caregiving to both a parent and children at the same time are the squishy-squashy filling of triple-decker guilt sandwiches.)


What can help you:  

* Beware the "red flag words": Ought to, should, could have, always, never. Ban them from your vocabulary; they're warnings that you're setting the bar too high. When you hear yourself saying, "I should…" flick your forefinger against your wrist as a reminder. "Always" and "never" are toxic because they set us up for future guilt: "I'll never put you in a home." "I'll always be here." Don't promise things you can't be 100 percent certain of -- most things in life!  

* Don't discount yourself. Ironically, selfless people (the dominant caregiver personality) tend to feel proportionately more guilt. Because they work so hard aspiring to an ideal of doing things for others, they tend to ignore the inconvenient reality that they have to look after themselves all the more. They may even forget that they, too, deserve extras and shortcuts and breaks. When they finally get around to a slow bath or a lunch with friends, it feels as alien as it does great. Trust your needs, your perceptions, your value in this situation. 

* Aim to be a B+ caregiver. Straight As are for grad students and crazoids, not mere mortals with houses to keep, relationships to tend, jobs to do, and sanity to uphold. No caregiver anticipates every fall or prevents every bedsore. Tempers boil. Germs sneak in. Bills slip through unpaid. In other words, life happens. No matter how much you love the person or feel you "owe" him or her, you'll all be happier if you lower your standards to the level of real life. By aiming for the B, you'll achieve good marks consistently, and occasionally surprise yourself with an A, rather than constantly feeling like you're missing the mark.  

* Remind yourself of your true goals here. Ideally, you should be striving to give your loved one a secure life free of worry or pain, while maintaining your own quality of life and health. Don't beat yourself up over the small stuff.  

* Steer clear of comparisons. We feel guilt when we feel that we're falling short of some imagined ideal. Where do those ideas come from? Often, from our own heads. We compare ourselves to someone else, without stopping to calculate what their stress levels or support situation is like, without allowing that every case is different. It doesn't matter if Nancy Reagan seemed like a saint over her husband's disease but all you want to do is cry and complain. Were you inside their house, seeing what went on? All that matters is you and yours, and how to make your hard situation as easy as you can. 

* See it as a sign of strength, not weakness, to enlist help. Strong, smart people know that Alzheimer's care is not a task for the isolated and solitary. The more you can delegate and share, the better life feels. Only those with too much hubris and willful ignorance of reality think they can do it by themselves. And when strong, smart people get help, they don't look back and feel guilty about it.  

* Get the doctor's (or a therapist's) ten cents. There's nothing like hearing from a neutral third party, "No, you have nothing to feel guilty about in that situation." Often we don't believe the obvious unless we hear if from a trusted, neutral source. 

* Print and post these promises to yourself: 

1. I'll apologize when I lose my temper, but I realize that caregiving is so chock-full of temperature-riling situations that eternal calm is impossible. 

2. I'll be there for my loved one, but I'll continue to run my own life at the same time. 

3. I'll let myself grieve and cry and feel sad instead of trying to keep a chipper smile on my face all the time. 

4. I'll accept or ignore criticism for what it's worth (or not worth) rather than letting it eat at me. 

5. I'll quit blaming myself when bad things happen. Bad things happen. 

6. I resolve to take care of me, not just my loved one. Because eventually I may be the one who needs care, and better it be later than sooner. 

Excerpted with permission from SURVIVING ALZHEIMER'S: Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers (Eva-Birch Media) by Paula Spencer Scott, now available on Amazon.com. See the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/survivingalz .


Paula Spencer Scott is the author of SURVIVING ALZHEIMER'S, a contributing editor at Caring.com, and a fellow of the Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging program. Her 11 other books include Momfidence, The Pregnancy Journal, and (co-authored with Harvey Karp, MD) The Happiest Toddler on the Block.  Her father and three other close family members have had dementia. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.



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Hello to you, I hope this message finds you well.


One of my team members, Loretta and I went to the bank on Danforth Avenue. As we were approaching to park, there was an elderly lady standing in the middle of the parking lot. She signaled to me. I assumed she wanted to know which way I was going, so I signaled back to her that I wanted to go where she was standing. She began walking to the car, so I pulled down my window.

“Hello, how can we help?” Loretta and I said.

The elderly lady asked if we could take her home. She told us that she lives in Journal Square. I asked her how she got here. She said that a friend of hers dropped her off. She then repeated, “May I have a ride home?” It seemed as though she did not know where her friend was. I was concerned, so I said yes.

I finally parked and had her sit in the car with Loretta, while I went to the bank. I finished and when I returned the woman asked again, “Are you going to take me home?” She gave me the name of the street, but not the number. At this point, I knew something was wrong. It had to be either Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

As I was driving, I could tell she was confused as she kept saying, “Are you going to take me home?” She began giving me different directions, until she couldn’t remember her street name anymore. She also was talking about how she was away from home for two weekends and her mother was waiting for her to return.

I pulled over and asked her if she had any ID. She said no. I replied, “Please check your pockets as you may have some ID on you.” After searching, we didn’t find any ID. At this point, I whispered to Loretta, “I’m going to take her to the police.”

“You have to be careful as there are strangers out here and I don’t want you to get hurt by getting into a stranger’s car,” I said to the elderly woman. I told her Loretta and I were not strangers; we just wanted to help her. I also told her that she shouldn't come outside without anyone, so that she would never get lost.

We began driving again when the elderly woman said, “Where we were going? Are you taking me home?” I did not want to scare her, so I said to her, “I am trying to find your house.” She gave us a number to call, but the number was disconnected.

I parked in front of the police precinct and told the elderly woman that we were going to take her to the police to get help. I decided not to tell her while we were driving, as to not agitate her. She was already upset with herself because she could not remember where she lived.

After parking, I told the elderly woman that we were at the precinct to get help. She asked if Loretta and I were going to leave her and we both said, no. “We are going to stay with you until we get help,” we explained. The elderly woman said that she would stay in the car, but I told her we were going to go into the precinct with her.

When we got out of the car, I looked down and saw that the elderly woman was wearing slippers. Her feet were wet, all the way up to her pants. Loretta placed the umbrella over her head and we held her like bookends. As we stood waiting for the cars to pass in order to cross the street, a police officer saw us. At first, I thought the cop was going to tell me I was parked illegally, which I was. At that point, my main concern was to get this elderly woman out of the cold and into a safe place. But, then I looked at the police officer’s face and saw a different kind of look. Her eyes gave a familiar stare to the elderly woman. I knew at that moment the police office must have known who she was.

We waited for the officer to come across the street.

“Did you get her from Danforth?” the officer asked.

“Yes,” I said.

“I was about to go and get her,” the officer explained. Then, the officer started talking to the elderly woman. The elderly woman turned to us and said, “Are you going to leave me?”

“We are going to leave you with the police officer and she will ensure that you get home,” I said to the elderly woman. “Remember what I told you, don’t get into cars with strangers and always have someone with you when you go outside.”

She gave both Loretta and I a hug and a big smile. The police officer told us the elderly woman made her way from Kearny and then thanked us for bringing her to the police. At that point, I did not ask if she meant Kearny the city or the street, I was just happy she knew where the elderly woman lived.

Aside from the shock of finding an elderly woman with some sort of medical issue without anyone to help her, I was also surprised to find her outside in the pouring rain in the middle of November with only slippers to cover her feet!

Please, if you have an elderly loved one, check on them. Please don’t let them wander by themselves. If you can afford it, please get them a medical bracelet. This way, if your loved one wanders off, you can find out where he/she is or someone can contact you. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, or memory loss are real and very serious issues. More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s today, according to recent statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association. Loretta and I are just so happy that the elderly woman is safe and sound. I want to thank the police officer for all of her help as well! God, thank you for placing Loretta and I in the right place at the right time…AMEN!

Angela McKnight, Founder & CEO

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We hope this message finds you well. We are happy to introduce The CareGiver Partnership, who is our guest blogger for the day. Please take a moment to read this important information about How to Deal With the Stress of Caregiving. We thank The CareGiver Partnership for sharing such informative information with our readers.





How to Deal With the Stress of Caregiving

By The CareGiver Partnership 


No matter how loving, and close, your relationship is with your elderly family member, care giving can be difficult, and stressful.  Statistics show that most often when the elderly are being cared for in the home, they are being cared for by family members. 

This is an interesting dynamic as many times parents; find themselves in a role reversal with their adult children. This can cause stress, frustration and even panic, as both the caregiver and the senior, may struggle to define new roles, within the relationship.  This can be further heightened, if your elderly loved one is dealing with illness, injury, or has limited mobility, due to the natural processes of aging.  It becomes crucial for caregivers to understand that they need to find ways to deal with the stresses of care giving, in positive and proactive ways.  Here are some tips about how to deal with the stress of care giving:


·         Knowledge is key to dealing with problems- One of the major stresses for caregivers is not knowing how to deal with problems, and concerns that arise while giving care for their elderly loved one.  At The CareGiver Partnership they understand this frustration. They have created the world’s largest caregiver resource library to help caregivers with this problem.  This is where you will find over 1,400 caregiver resources and what you need in one, convenient, easy to find place.  Resources in the library include: non-profits, government and healthcare organizations, home care services, helpful care giving products, information on finances and legal aspects of care.  The resources that are available range from local, to national, and include many helpful videos. The entire library is easily searchable by key word or phrase.


·         Recognize the signs of stress- Whether you are a part-time, or full-time, live in, caregiver you can fall victim to the stress of care giving.  It is important to realize that this stress, can grow exponentially, and cause serious problems if left untreated.  Many of the horror stories about mistreatment of the elderly have resulted from the stress of care giving.  Knowing what your limitations are, and dealing with the accompanying stress, can help you fulfill your role as a caregiver. If you need to, consult with your doctor about the stress you are feeling, and possible solutions. 


·         Do not be ashamed to use respite care- Many caregivers fall into the trap, of feeling like they are the only one, who can care for their loved one.  While this may be noble, it can lead to serious stress. You must keep in mind that even if you are the only family member, there are qualified, and licensed, respite care services that can care for your loved one, in a caring, and dignified way.  Just be sure to check credentials, and ask for references, before hiring anyone.  You should take regular breaks, and then you can return to care for your loved one, with more energy and enthusiasm.


·         Take care of yourself- Care giving while being rewarding, is also demanding and sometimes difficult work.  Caring for yourself goes beyond taking occasional breaks. Most caregivers have competing demands of family, job, outside interest and the care giving duties of an elderly family member. You must take time to balance your life as best you can, and understand that you cannot be all things to all people.  You must set realistic goals and expectations, establish your limits and do not be afraid to involve other people in the care of your loved one.  Taking care of your own health is also crucial.  The next time you are thinking of skipping that doctors’ appointment, ask yourself, “Who will take care of my loved one, if I become sick?”


About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353






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Miracles happen every day sometimes without you even knowing but no matter what u cannot give up... sometimes life situations make u want to give up because it seem every were you turn is a dead end but if u have someone in your life that inspires you to keep moving forward it can make a change and that’s what we here at AngelaCARES do we tell our clients no matter what don’t give up you have to keep pushing until something happens.. We all have our bad days but with a little inspiration you can go a long way. So u to can be the sunshine in someone’s day by going out to volunteer for your favorite cause or come sign up with us here at AngelaCARES.





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In today’s world it doesn’t matter what your situation is. Everyone comes across a road were they need help. And its only takes a second out of your time to stop and lend a hand. We have come across so many people here at AngelaCARES but one senior stood out the most he has a disability and he is not letting that stop him he knows all his stuff and he doesn’t let anyone take advantage of him. I like the fact that he doesn’t give up and he just doesn’t sit down and take no for answer. He is very brave and he travels alone not too many people with a disability can do that. He has a good head on his shoulders and knows what he wants and won’t stop till the job is complete. So see it doesn’t matter who you help, or how you help them as long as it’s for a good cause.  So go out there and volunteer for your favorite cause or come volunteer with us here at AngelaCARES.


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Well it has been maybe a month in a half ago where over 20 people were displaced due to a fire on Belmont Avenue. And we here at AngelaCARES along with the help of others was able to save the day for a High school student. Her prom was the next day and her whole prom attire got lost in the fire...She was down and out. I mean u would be to stuff like this only happens once in a life time. So when we here at AngelaCARES herd we couldn’t let that get pass us.. We immediately started a page for them asking for donations we stated the problem and people in our community responded instantly the girl was set for the prom with a beautiful gown from labell’s boutique. And with the help from the community everything else she can need for a prom. She was set and ready to enjoy here special night. So you see volunteering can help someone out in need as well as yourself, it makes you feel good inside… So how about you go out and volunteer for you favorite cause and make someone’s day. Or you can come volunteer with us here at AngelaCARES...





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Hello, hope all is well. Before switching your cable or digital box, please first do your homework. Today, I received a call from two of my senior clients. They both said to me at different times of course, Angela, there is an ad in the paper stating that I can get FREE TV Channels for no monthly cost. But I wanted to call to have you check it out for me. So, I asked both clients if they can give me the number that was listed in the paper. Ms. Lillie also gave me the website address. So, I told both of them that I would check and call them both back. 

So what did I do, first, I went onto the website to read about the company and its services. After researching the company Clear-Cast, I read this: “Clear-Cast is not a service like cable or satellite services. It is an antenna that helps enable consumers to access digital signals solely when there are local broadcasts in range.”

After looking through the entire Clear-Cast website, I then called the toll free number to speak to a customer service rep. The customer service rep was very helpful throughout the entire call. She basically told me everything that I read online. I then asked her how can a potential client know what channels are available in their area. The rep directed me to go to TVguide.com to view a listing of over-the-air channels. I then went onto TVguide.com and after browsing through the site, I was able to figure out how to locate the applicable channels. Here are instructions for you to follow:

 After going to TVguide.com click on the tab "What's On TV"



Then click on "TV Listings"


Next, click on the red tex on your left hand side "change location/provider"


Then you will need to enter in your Zip code


After entering in your zip code, click on Select Your Provider: New York City Area Broadcast (New York) (OTA Broadcast) NOTE: Since I entered 07305, this is the the provider that appeared.

The "over-the-air" channels will appear in a list below then you will be able to scroll through the list to see the applicable channels.



After retrieving all the information, I called both clients back to let them know the “who, what, when, where, why and how.” Both clients were happy that I was able to provide informative information that they can use to help them with their decision. This is one of the services that we provide to our seniors. We want to help our seniors live their best life and receive information that can help them make decisions that are right for them. We are always Here4Seniors!

I want to thank Clear-Cast customer service rep for being so helpful!



Angela McKnight

AngelaCARES, Inc.

Founder & Executive Director

“A Passion to Care. The Ability to Help.”



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Hello and hope all is well,


AngelaCARES, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of its first chapter — AngelaCARES of Las Vegas. It’s the first chapter in bringing AngelaCARES activities to local regions throughout the state.  The new chapter in essence covers an area the size of New Jersey; which is Clark County. This county is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to many citizens a year. Clark County is the most populous of Nevada’s 17 counties with 2 million residents and 70 percent of the state’s population. I would also like to announce and thank new Chapter President & Executive Director, Angela Serraile who brings a wealth of experience, leadership and passion to the job. We are excited to have her heading up Chapter activities for our AngelaCARES of Las Vegas Chapter.  We have already begun planning an array of opportunities and programs for citizens in this region. If you are in the Clark region and would like to know more or want to volunteer with our new chapter, please click here.


Thank you,

Angela McKnight

AngelaCARES, Inc.

Founder & Executive Director

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Hello, I hope you and your family is doing well. I am so thankful this Thanksgiving! I would like to wish you and your family a very special Happy Thanksgiving. The past few days have been a wonderful experience. I am at a loss of words to express the joy that I’m feeling about our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Senior Feeding. My heart is filled with so much love and joy! With the help from my team, volunteers including youth, we prepared, packaged and delivered close to 400 meals to senior citizens. We are happy that we were able to feed more seniors this year. Last year, we fed 223 seniors in our community. Our primary goal was to feed seniors located in Jersey City; however, we fed seniors residing in Bayonne, Union City, North Bergen, West New Year and Guttenberg. Once again, it was truly a great event, not only for the seniors, but for all involved to make this day a success.


Within an hour of our first delivery, we started receiving thankful calls from seniors who received their meal. The feedback that we received from some of our delivery and on site personnel is truly heartfelt and special! It was a true blessing to deliver meals myself to seniors. I’ve received hugs, smiles, thanks, and most of all LOVE. There are so many people that I would like to thank. First and foremost, I would like to thank GOD for allowing me to help others. My husband, who is my rock, no matter what, he is always there right by my side. My team who believes in me, supports me and in the mission of AngelaCARES Inc. Our youth volunteers, they go above and beyond to volunteer and help seniors. To everyone who donated, cooked, volunteered off and on site, delivered meals I am truly grateful and thankful for all of you!


Click here to view a video showcasing this event!


I am still feeling the love, joy and thankfulness of our event! I look forward to next year’s event.

Did I mention we also donated 30+ meals to help feed the homeless and needy? Yes, we did and it felt great! GOD is truly awesome!


Thank you,

Angela McKnight





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I hope this announcement finds you well. We wish you and your family great love and happiness!

We are growing fast; the need for our services is in demand. After one year of serving clients from the founder’s home and at various off site locations, we finally found an office to call home, but AngelaCARES needs your help. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000, to enable us to serve seniors, the youth and caregivers from two avenues - both in and out of office. The money raised will go towards, office repairs, office establishment, rent and utility expenses.

Here is a picture of our office. We need your help, so that we can open our doors to the community!


Please help us by making a donation today! We have a campaign on indiegogo, please click here. We have some great perks for your contribution.

We THANK YOU so very much!

Angela McKnight

Founder/Executive Director

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