The Art Of The Matter: Art Therapy Helps Seniors Create And Communicate

October 18, 2016 | Blog Post

By Carrie Esselman, Therapeutic Recreational Specialist at Valley VNA In a previous blog, we explained how music therapy can unlock parts of a person’s brain that still functions despite the…

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Share The Love: Holiday Avenue 2016 Is Nov. 3

October 7, 2016 | Blog Post

Simple joys are best. You could be the reason one of our residents or in-home care clients has a cozy coffee date on a cool fall morning or receives a…

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Assisted Living Week Emphasizes “Keeping Connected”

September 15, 2016 | Blog Post

By Tammy Malewski, Marketing and Fund Development Director, Valley VNA Seniors are the fastest growing internet and social media users today. They typically use it to reconnect with people from their…

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Discover The Culture Of An Assisted Living Community: Tips For Tours And Questions To Ask

September 9, 2016 | Blog Post

By Theresa Pichelmeyer, President & CEO, Valley VNA Emotional, physical, financial, and geographical factors all impact the choice of a loved one’s new assisted living home, but some factors are simply…

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A Night Out? Healthy Breaks For Caregivers

August 19, 2016 | Blog Post

By Colleen Harvot, Director of In-Home Care, Valley VNA Researchers have proven caring for a spouse between ages 66 and 96 can increase a caregiver’s risk of death by 63…

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Storytelling With An Elderly Person

July 29, 2016 | Blog Post

By Kellie Smillie, Day Shift Manager, Valley VNA It’s all the rage today, the value of “story” and the ability of storytelling to build empathy and engagement. But before marketers…

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Visiting Grandma At Her Assisted Living Community

July 22, 2016 | Blog Post

By Tiffany Seemeyer, Day Shift Manager, Valley VNA Senior Services What do an old-fashioned toy, recipe cards, a tea set, a cheerful child, and a well-behaved pup have in common?…

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Thoughts On Valuing, Visiting, And Engaging Friends With Dementia

June 28, 2016 | Blog Post

By Rev. John McFadden, M.Div., Valley VNA chaplain Last week I discussed the only form of friendship that is complete, put forth by Aristotle; that is, the friendship of virtue,…

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Personhood and Spirituality Amidst Dementia

June 22, 2016 | Blog Post

By Rev. John McFadden, M. Div., Valley VNA chaplain Up to half of us are likely to experience varying degrees of forms of dementia, so it is unfortunate that the…

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7 Common Sleep Issues And Solutions For Seniors

June 13, 2016 | Blog Post

By Gina Larsen, guest At any age, an adult needs quality rest to be healthy—about eight hours per 24-hour period, to be exact. Sleep patterns change as people get older,…

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