Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The most wonderful time of the year isn't so wonderful for many of us.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The holidays should be a time of joy, good cheer and high hopes for the new year. Shopping for gifts, decorating and preparing for get-togethers with family and friends are usually anticipated events that accompany the season. But many people, especially older adults and caregivers of all ages, experience the holiday blues during this special time of the year. Older adults can have an especially difficult time with the holidays for many reasons. The recent loss of an important person or the memory of a traumatic event, such as a serious illness, can dampen holiday spirits. The inability to perform everyday tasks and holiday traditions, such as preparing a large holiday meal, can make the upcoming events difficult to handle and may cause …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Public-run facilities are ranked lower than private nursing homes, but some supporters praise the care. Morris View ranks highest int he state.
Joan Grimes of Rockaway in Morris County wasn’t satisfied with the private nursing home where her husband was living. The place looked magnificent. Its main lounge featured a fireplace, piano and chandelier. Patients’ rooms were carpeted. The halls were decorated with paintings. But Grimes felt her husband, who has Alzheimer’s disease, wasn’t getting enough medical attention. "I’m a nurse, so I kind of know what’s supposed to happen," she said. Grimes asked her doctor to suggest another place. When he mentioned Morris View, she was not sure that was such a good idea. After all, Morris View is owned by Morris County, and county-owned nursing homes come with somewhat of a stigma. That was more than two years ago, and Grimes is glad she …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Seniors are helping seniors get through tax season.
Seniors and others looking for tax help can find it at the Parsippany Police Athletic League Center. Volunteer AARP tax aides started their first day offering tax preparation services Friday morning and received a welcome from Mayor James Barberio. The PAL Center is one of three Parsippany sites offering tax assistance through a partnership between the United Way of Northern New Jersey, the IRS, AARP, and other community organizations to provide free tax preparation from IRS-certified volunteers. The other Parsippany locations are the Lake Hiawatha branch of the Parsippany Free Public Library and the Parsippany Community Center. This free service is available only to families and individuals with a simple return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Caregivers need to keep elderly people physically safe and to ease their fears.
If you are taking care of a senior citizen who is dependent upon you, you're dealing with a lot of responsibility on any day of the week. Add in the possibility of a dangerous storm, and the nature of the challenge goes off the charts. Caretakers must be focused on keeping the loved one physically and emotionally healthy and making him or her feel safe. And that's difficult, because you may not feel safe. In the meantime, if you're looking after an older person, Carol O'Dell of caring.com knows what you're experiencing. O'Dell wrote the book "Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir," which recounts her experiences caring for her late mother through Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and coronary diseases. Much of the story …
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Local hub offers programs for mind, body and spirit.
“Staying active and social after retirement is key to good health and longevity.” This is the philosophy of Barbara Ievoli, director of human services for the township of Parsippany Troy-Hills. Ievoli, who has worked in the municipality for 27 years, believes providing community programs to older adults "offers community support, social stimulation, and structure." The Parsippany Community Center, at 1130 Knoll Road, has operated since October 1991. The building was a tennis and racquetball club until the township purchased it in 1990. After being renovated, the facility became home to the Department of Social Services, the Senior Citizen Center, the Office on Aging, the Health and Housing departments, the Fire Prevention Bureau, the Women…
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Parsippany Troy-Hills offers four locations to keep residents cool and safe during the heat wave.
While the classic Gershwin song reminisces, “Summertime, and the living is easy,” many Parsippany residents are finding that staying cool is anything but. In extremely hot weather, the Centers for Disease Control cites air conditioning as “the number one preventative measure against heat-related illness and death.” During a major heat wave, people are encouraged to spend time in air-conditioned locations such as shopping malls, public libraries or government-sponsored heat-relief shelters. Thankfully, the township offers four cooling centers set up to help those who are need of a relief from this week's punishing heat: In addition to air conditioning, the CDC also outlines several safety guidelines fordealing with extreme heat. The CDC …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
All residents advised to stay in the A/C or head to one of four designated cooling stations today and tomorrow
With temperatures set to soar into the high 90s in the next few days, it assuredly is hot in Parsippany! If you are a senior citizen looking for a place to keep cool, no sweat: The Parsippany Community Center at 1130 Knoll Rd. in Lake Hiawatha has a plethora of indoor activities, including ping pong, pool, fitness classes, a small library and fitness equipment available. In addition, the Parsippany Community Center is a Morris County Nutrition Project site, which provides a healthy, balanced midday meal for seniors for a small donation of $2, which can be waived, if needed. “If anyone doesn’t have air conditioning, we are here at the center," said Barbara Ievoli, director of human services at the Community Center. There are lots of …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Police, fire and rescue teams still on the scene at 400-resident senior apartment complex.
Residents are back in their homes at the Baldwin Oaks Senior Apartments after a power surge around noon forced an evacuation. District 5 Fire Chief Dave Cavaliere said it is not yet known what caused the electrical spike that blew out the fire compression and detection systems in the building. Also knocked out were lights, alarm systems and elevators. "It could have been air conditioning, lightning, an act of God. Right now, we don't know," Cavaliere said. "It's all back up and running, except for stairwell lights. Electricians and Jersey City Power and Light are working on them now." It wasn't certain that the seniors who live at Baldwin Oaks would get back into their apartments on Thursday. After the fire protection systems went down, …