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Successful Aging: Avoidance of Disease

As we age, onset of different diseases may arise.  A lot of how an individual can avoid disease is by taking preventative steps.   Commonly found in prevention for disease includes: nutrition, physical exercise, stress management, limiting unhealthy habits, and vaccinations if available.

Understanding your food consumption and the nutrients you are or are not receiving in meals is important.  By eating the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and grain that health professionals/nutritionists recommend can help reduce health problems as an individual ages.  Studies have shown that eating your servings of vegetables and fruits can reduce risk of cancer.untitled

American Heart Society recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day-five days a week- to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.  Increasing the amount of exercise to challenge yourself more is recommended, if continued at a healthy rate.  Exercising can include running, walking, Zumba, or many other classes that are available in your community.  Along with aerobic exercising, 2 days of weight training is recommended.

Stress management can be improved with self-programs or with professional help.   People turn to meditation, yoga, relaxation exercises and many other self-programs.  Seeking professional counseling that specializes in anxiety can also help reduce stress and recommend home exercising programs to practice when encountered with stressful situations.

Limiting unhealthy habits such as alcohol and smoking decreases risk for disease tremendously.  If and individual is a smoker, steps to quitting will improve their health status.  Keeping alcohol consumption at a moderate level or less is recommended, moderate level includes no more than 1 drinks/day for woman and 2 drinks/day for men.

Ask your personal care provider about vaccinations that are available for preventing health diseases.  A commonly known vaccine is the Flu shot that is available at clinics and selected pharmacies in communities.  If you have any questions about vaccines, it is best to ask your personal care provider or healthcare professional.

By taking preventative steps you aren’t guaranteed to be disease free, but it plays a role in lowering the risk.  Family history (genetics) can also play a role in disease appearance as well as uncontrollable environment factors that are not preventable by an individual.  Education plays a key role in prevention and wellness opportunities.

Holiday Traditions Around the World

During the holidays we hear and use the term “Holiday Traditions”.  These traditions can be ones that have been in the family for generations, new family traditions, and common traditions celebrated in the country.  For example, in my family, it is always tradition to have “white elephant gifts” at our family holiday party for exchange.   A common tradition in the US is putting up a Christmas trees and Christmas lights to show our holiday spirit.  Holidays at this time are celebrated all around the world, but interestingly we all have different traditions.


A common tradition that is well known for this holiday is the menorah.  The menorah has 9 candles, 8 of which are lit for each day of Hanukkah and the other is for lighting the candles. The 8 days of lighting the candles come from an ancient tradition to remember the miracle in which one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple.

St. Lucia Day

To honor this third-century saint on December 13, many girls in Sweden dress up as “Lucia brides” in long white gowns with red sashes, and a wreath of burning candles on their heads. They wake up their families by singing songs and bringing them coffee and twisted saffron buns called “Lucia cats.”


Kwanzaa, meaning “first fruits, is an ancient tradition still celebrated at African harvest festivals.  This is to celebrate ideals such as family life and unity. Their spiritual holiday is celebrated from December 26th– January 1st which consists of African Americans dressing in special clothes, decorating their homes with fruits and vegetables, and lighting a candleholder called a Kinara.

New Year

On December 31st it is custom for Ecuador Families to dress a straw man in old clothes, representing the old year.   Along with dressing the straw man, the family members make a will that lists all of their faults. When midnight strikes they burn the straw man with hopes of their faults disappearing as well.

Chinese New Year

It is common for the children in China to wear new clothes in celebration of the Chinese New Year.  A parade is led by a silk dragon followed by people carrying lanterns behind.  Legends say that the dragon hibernates for most of the year and on this day people throw firecrackers to keep the dragon awake.


How To Pay For In-Home Care

Finances can be stressful when choosing Long Term Care

When individuals find they are in need of a little help in their home, they always ask  how do they pay. At New Horizons In-Home care there are four ways a person could pay for the service.

1. Private pay. This means that the individual pays out of their own pocket.

2. Long-term care insurance. There are many different policies and companies who pay for in-home care. The guidelines are set by each company and the individual should check with their insurance agent before they need care to see exactly what the company covers.

3. Veterans. Veterans Administration will pay for in-home care if a person has served in the military during time of war. Again, there are certain guidelines and veterans should check with their local VA office to see if they qualify.

4. Medicaid. Medicaid pays for in-home care and is based on certain financial and needs criteria. You will need to check with your local Area Agency on Aging for further information. Each state is different.

If you have more questions feel free to contact the New Horizons office in your area and ask for a Care Manager.

How do I know what I need for In-Home Care?


Our Nurse Case Managers can visit with you for a FREE no Obligation assessment and help you find what care you need.  Needs that we provide for include:






*Meal Preparation

Personal Care Assistants and CNA’s





*Personal Hygiene

*Medication assistance

Nursing Survives

*Diabetic Care

*Wound care

* Pediatric Care

*Other nursing services


Contact a Nurse Case Manager at one of our locations if you have any questions or would like to schedule an assessment to see if you have needs that we can provide services to help you with.

What Is Grief?

Overview of Grief

Ever since Elizabeth Kubler-Ross(the pioneer in death and dying stages) wrote her groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969) Americans have been studying and openly discussing the grieving process. The loss or absence of someone or something you love is very painful. Giving attention to this painful process and our needs at this time is important. Accepting them as part of the grieving process and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing.

What is Grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the complex response we experience when something or someone we love, are accustomed/attached to, or value is altered, lost, removed. Grief can impact the one’s self: emotionally, physically, spiritually, socially, and cognitively (or combination of these facets of oneself).

Any loss can cause grief, including:

  • A relationship breakup
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Loss of health
  • Losing a job
  • Loss of financial stability
  • Death of a pet
  • Loss of a friendship

Generally, the more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be.



The Term “Elderly” – Use It or Not

elderly-signAs a gerontologist I am constantly advocating for older individuals, particularly on how they are being pigeon holed into a group that is seen through the eyes of the old model of disease and disability. The older model did not recognize that later life can be as or more rewarding than the younger years. This model used the term “elderly” to define a person in their 60′s and defined older persons as decrepit and disabled. The old model went out in the early 1990′s with the Successful Aging MacArthur Foundation 10-year study which found everyone could have success in aging.

Many journalists are recognizing that the term elderly is offensive and ageist. As a population, we need to educate ourselves and recognize that older individuals are one of the most valuable assets we have today in the world. So it would behoove those of us younger individuals to eliminate the term “elderly” from our vocabulary and replace it with “older person”. An article in the New York Times addressed the issue and you might want to read it to find out what other respected citizens think about the term. Link to the article.

The Benefits of In-Home Care

As individuals age, they often need a bit more help with their day-to-day activities. The question then becomes whether or not that individual should continue to live at home (this can be either in a house or an independent living situation) or move into a more structured community like an Assisted Living. In-home care is a great option for many people in order to stay independent and has many benefits. Some of these benefits are as follows:

1.  Older individuals who live at home are able to maintain a level of freedom that would not be possible in a long-term care facility. For many, this freedom is synonymous with maintaining dignity, which is something many individuals fear loosing as they age. Similarly, those who receive in-home care can come and go as they please – for whatever reason. They can also choose their own meal times and do whatever they want whenever they want to – it’s all up to them.

2. In-home care allows the individual to stay physically close to the things they love. Their prized possessions do not have to be condensed and stored as they move into a single room. Being able to keep these items readily available is important because they often have sentimental value and are tied to countless memories. Individuals are able to keep any pets they may have if they live at home. Studies have shown that people with pets tend to be less stressed, which can lead to a longer lifespan.

3. Visiting hours are not restricted at home, so friends and family can visit on a time schedule that works for them. This lack of restriction often leads to more frequent visits, which helps individuals stay connected to their families. In a long-term care facility family members often  feel that their love one is getting help and enough socialization that they don’t need to visit as much.

4. In-home care can help the individual maintain better health. In places where many people live together, such as a long-term care facility, illness spreads very quickly and if one person gets sick, others get sick. At home, sick guests can be asked to postpone their visit until they are well.

5. With in-home care, the person does not have to deal with the emotional stress of adding multiple new elements into their lives. They will not have to adapt to a new routine in a new place, surrounded by new people.

6. Long-term care facilities can be very expensive and, in some cases, far away from other family members’ homes, especially in less populated areas. In many cases, the individual has already paid off their mortgage, which can substantially reduce the cost of caregiving at home. The stressors related to the actual moving process are also eliminated.

7. And last but not least, many older persons who live at home are simply happier. For most, the comforts of home truly are priceless.

It is now easier than ever for older persons to live at home. There are many services that are both simple to use and affordable. In-home care products and services, such as security systems make living at home a viable option, and in many cases enable you to honor your loved one’s wishes to remain in their home.

To learn more about our Eugene respite care services and the communities we serve, contact New Horizons In-Home Care at 541-687-8851 in Eugene, 541-752-9059 in Corvallis, 503-400-3000 in Salem, and 541-997-8115 in Florence.

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Deciding to begin in-home care can be a difficult and emotional decision. And you have lots of questions: Can in-home care help? What does it entail? How much does it cost? How will I feel about bringing a stranger into my home, or my mother or father’s home? How do I know whom to hire?

First of all, in-home care serves a vitally important role in allowing seniors or disabled people to continue living at home when it’s simply not possible for them to do that on their own. Certainly, some clients, when first presented with the idea, will feel their independence is being threatened. It’s a hard thing for some people to come to terms with.

But it’s important to remember, also, that in-home care, perhaps just several hours a week, would be enough to actually help them retain the independence of living at home, perhaps in a place where they have spent decades of their life.

Customer Reviews

New Horizons In-Home Care

Customer Testimonials

J. M. May 4, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The people I've worked with have been so straightforward and honest. They really care about how it's going. The caregiver is very understanding, knowledgeable. He can see ahead and makes some suggestions. I can leave if I need without the least bit of worry. He is really proactive, I know he cares and trust him impeccably.

Pamela V. April 9, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
I like how nice the caregivers are. The office staff is prompt on getting somebody out here when it is needed and the caregivers make me feel better than what I am. They are willing to do anything I ask of them.

Barbara W. February 2, 2020

Corvallis, Or Client
We are happy to have them because they do well. They come when they are supposed to and do what they are supposed to. They do things that we didn't know we needed. They assess the situation well and plan for the right care. They are very dependable and thorough and are very friendly and helpful. We're very satisfied.

Candice S. April 1, 2020

Salem, Or Client
They are very helpful and on time with things. They do what they say they are going to do. They will talk to me and help me when needed. I don't have to wait forever to pick up my calls and they are quick to get back to me. It has been positive.

Sharon R. April 01, 2020

Salem, Or Client
The caregivers will do anything that we ask of them. They have been very convenient. and are able to be here and do things for us that we cannot do.

O.H. February 14, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The caregiver they sent me is awesome. People in the office staff are friendly and they know what they are talking about. The case manager, is a wonderful person and she knows her job. If I need something, all I have to do is call them.

Mary B. April 01, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
It has taken a great load off of our shoulders, especially mine. It has helped my health as well and gives my husband some social time. They are really good at scheduling around our schedule and are matched very well to his needs. We always recommend them to others who need care.

Denise B. March 02, 2020

Salem, Or Client
My caregiver is wonderful. I wish I could have more time. They do so much for me that I can't do for myself. They spend a few minutes to talk with me and be social. They are very open, caring, patient, outgoing, understanding, and kind people. If I need help with anything they will always help me. They are so helpful. I don't know what I'd do without their services.

Gail P. February 13, 2020

Florence Or,
The office staff found the right person for us. They check in regularly. What we need is someone who could do the cleaning and we have that. I like the fact that they have provided the kind of assistance that we needed. The caregiver we have is excellent.

Barbara N. February 12, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
They are courteous, respectful, and serve good food, and do everything we ask. They did all of their duties and everything was done in a timely manner. They were very helpful.
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