Give The Gift Of Joy: 7 Holiday Gift Ideas For Seniors

November 11, 2017 | Blog Post

By Carrie Esselman, Therapeutic Recreational Specialist at Valley VNA Whether an older person still lives at home or she has moved into an apartment or assisted living complex, chances are she wants more joy and not more stuff. If you are planning your holiday gift giving, consider these presents for…

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Help for Seniors with Hearing Loss

August 31, 2017 | Blog Post

5 Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy and Engage in Family Gatherings By Mark Conradt, Au.D of Audiology and Hearing Aid Center of Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists of Wisconsin People who experience hearing loss have different ways of dealing with this distressing change. Some expect their spouse to repeat everything…

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Namaste Care™ Soothes, Accompanies Elderly People with Dementia

May 30, 2017 | Blog Post

Gentle and Peaceful Activity Reduces Agitation, Increases Quality of Life By Carrie Esselman, Therapeutic Recreational Specialist, Valley VNA Namaste is a Hindu word that expresses, “to honor the spirit within.” It’s the perfect name for a meaningful and peaceful practice of accompanying elderly people through the final stages of dementia,…

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Three Things You Should Know About Memorial Day

May 23, 2017 | Blog Post

General John A. Logan crafted Logan’s Order on May 5, 1868, to establish Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day, on May 30 of each year. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country, and they could be used to honor…

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Will I Have to Move Again?

May 5, 2017 | Blog Post

(Part 3) A Financial Blog Series About Assisted Living Funding Sources, Payment Programs, and Possible Pitfalls By Theresa Pichelmeyer, Valley VNA President & CEO  My last two blogs have covered the differences between assisted living and skilled nursing care and how one might pay for assisted living lodging and services….

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Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home Care

March 31, 2017 | Blog Post

A Financial Blog Series about Funding Sources, Payment Programs, and Possible Pitfalls By Theresa Pichelmeyer, Valley VNA President & CEO  In my last blog, I wrote about one of the Big Elephants in The Room; that is, how to address the guilt we often feel when we help move a…

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Give up the Guilt

March 9, 2017 | Blog Post

When You Help Move Mom or Dad into Assisted Living By Theresa Pichelmeyer, Valley VNA President & CEO   We often feel guilty in the process of planning and moving our aging parents(s) into an assisted living community. Family and societal pressures have wrongly characterized these moves as “abandonment” or…

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The Neenah Public Library is for Lifelong Learning

February 24, 2017 | Blog Post

10 Enriching (and Free) Activities for Seniors and Their Friends By Gretchen Raab, Director, Neenah Public Library Life enrichment activities are for everyone. We meet new friends, are exposed to fresh ideas, and pursue our passions. I was recently contacted by Valley VNA to write a guest article about the…

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It’s Heart Month

February 17, 2017 | Blog Post

A Message of Love and Empathy for Caregivers By Candice Freese, Valley VNA Wellness Coordinator February is well known in the medical community as Heart Month, a time when people are reminded to think about their cardiovascular health and how to improve it. It seems crazy, right? That we need…

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What Would Love Do?

February 2, 2017 | Blog Post

How to Find Family Consensus on Behalf of an Aging Loved One By Rev. John McFadden, Valley VNA Chaplain During a continuing education event for primary care physicians, those attending were asked to identify the single greatest challenge they faced in providing care for their patients living with dementia.  The…

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