Our New MVP

October 11th, 2016

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Congratulations!

We appreciate the hard work and dedication of all of our Customer Service Specialists, and last week we took the time to celebrate all that they do.

Congratulations to Vineshia, this year’s MVP! You truly go above and beyond, so thank you!

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Meet a Member of Our LifeStation Family: Meghan

September 16th, 2016

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Meghan has been one of our top Life Safety Consultants for about 6 years now. One reason why she’s so good at her job is her knowledge of the industry; Meghan truly knows the medical alert industry inside and out and isn’t afraid to share this information with anyone who’s seeking help. Although her knowledge makes her good at her job, what makes her special is her optimistic personality and genuine concern for everyone she comes in contact with. She’s a definite favorite with her callers and her coworkers as well.

Get to Know Meghan

Hobbies

“They literally change all the time, but lately I’ve enjoyed Native American bead-work and learning to read music so eventually I can do more than just strum my guitar.”

What’s your most memorable customer experience?

“That’s a tough one because I try to take something away from every customer I help. Most have lived much longer than me and they always have something to share. If someone that made it through the Great Depression has advice to share, you listen!”

What’s your most memorable company experience?

“Oh, that one’s easy. Definitely Hurricane Sandy! We were the only building within miles that had electricity so some of us elected to stay. The company brought in food, entertainment, and even had beds for us to sleep on. We all got a little bit closer that week, after all, it’s not every day that you get to spend the night at your office with your coworkers.”

Ok Meg, one more question for our faithful bloggers. How do you like to spend your days off?

“I’m actually pretty laid back. You might find me studying, crafting, or even going for a hike. I also try to hang out with friends and family whenever I can.”

Meet a Member of Our LifeStation Family: Christina

August 10th, 2016

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Christina, also known as “Snacks” by her coworkers, is a Customer Service Specialist here at LifeStation. She’s been with the company for 5 years and actually began her career here as a dispatcher. Now, Christina helps users and their families by assisting with all of their non-emergency needs.

 

Get to Know Christina

Hobbies

“Definitely reading, I’m a huge fan of Terry McMillan’s work. Also I love to sing and just have fun with my friends and family.”

 

Favorite Sports Teams

“I’m a big fan of the NY Giants, have been since a kid. Also I love my Knicks. I’m very excited about the trade for D. Rose. NBA finals here we come!”

 

Why work at LifeStation?

“Well obviously I love helping people, I mean; I’ve been doing this for over 5 years. But, what keeps me here are the people I work with. There is a genuine comradery between everyone who works here, from the bottom up.”

 

Ok Christina, one last question. Why do your co-workers call you “Snacks”?

“Lets just say that those vending machines that everyone loves, hasn’t been here as long as I have and I’ve always been one to come prepared. Although I must admit, my snack choices have been much healthier lately than when I first got here. The company’s health and wellness initiatives have certainly helped me with that.”

 

– Christina, Customer Service Specialist

Do Not Forget to Add These Foods to Your Shopping List

July 20th, 2016

Memory foods

There are so many things today designed to help seniors keep their minds sharp and improve their memory. Seniors are recommended to exercise, get a certain amount of sleep at night, and even play puzzles or brain games. While all of those things are helpful for your memory, many people are never told that improving your memory could be as easy as eating. Literally! There are certain foods that are rich in the right combination of vitamins and minerals that have been linked to improved memory.

Green Vegetables

Leafy vegetables like spinach, turnip greens, and kale are a few good choices that have plenty of vitamins B6 and C. Both of these vitamins have all been linked to lower levels of cognitive decline in seniors. If you aren’t much of a fan of leafy vegetables, try our personal favorite, broccoli. It has similar benefits and it’s a more versatile side, pairing well with most dishes.

Fish

Especially cold water fish. That includes salmon, mackerel, halibut and tuna, amongst others. These fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids. Don’t let the name scare you, this is the one fat you don’t want to avoid. Research has shown omega-3 fatty acids to have a positive impact on conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and you guessed it, memory loss. If you must avoid fish due to allergies, things like nuts, canola and vegetable oils, and even bean can be a good source of omega-3.

Berries and Fruits

We all know that old saying about berries. Well it turns out that not only are darker berries sweeter, but they’re also full of antioxidants. Antioxidants have many health benefits but the two benefits they’re most known for are its anti-aging effect. Yes that includes preventing or even reversing memory loss, but also preventing heart disease. There are some antioxidants in many fruits and vegetables, but the best source for them can be found in blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and strawberries.

Keep in mind, if you or a loved on suffers from memory loss, simply changing your diet shouldn’t be the end all be all. As mentioned before, exercise, sleep, and puzzles can all be helpful. Also, be sure to speak to your doctor to create the best plan for you.

Physical Activities Worth Trying

June 7th, 2016

Exercise will always be a big part of our physical health and fitness. The importance of exercising only increases if you’re over the age of 60. Regular exercise and activity can help deter a number of common ailments that affect seniors. Here are a few fun but simple ways to stay fit and active. Just do us one favor and speak to your doctor before adding them to your routine.

Take a walk

Believe it or not, it doesn’t take much walking to have a positive impact on your overall heart health. Walking has been known to improve your blood flow, build your strength, and help increase your vitality.

Ride a bike

Bike riding is a great way to exercise because it has many of the same benefits as walking. However, the impact on the knees, hips, ankles, and other joints are greatly reduced. Not only is it exercise, but you can use it as a means of transportation as well. Bike Safety Rule #1 – Always wear a helmet!

Take up yoga

Yoga is an exercise that has been around for thousands of years. People who participate claim that its effects are more than just physical; it also has a positive impact on your mind as well. Yoga is gaining in popularity amongst seniors mostly because it’s one of the more gentle ways to remain physically active. Studies have shown that yoga can help improve anything from flexibility and depression to reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Go for a swim

Swimming is not only a great way to beat the heat, but it’s yet another cardio workout that helps strengthen your heart and lungs, and overall level of fitness. If you suffer from arthritis or joint pain, swimming can be a particularly helpful workout for you. If you haven’t swam in a while, start off slow and never swim alone or without wearing your medical alert help button, if you have one.

Happy Memorial Day

May 24th, 2016

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As Memorial Day approaches, we would like to honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep this great country safe and free.

Whether or not you personally know someone who has served, it’s important to acknowledge their sacrifice and there are many fun and unique ways to do just that. Many people choose to do that through arts and crafts. With mostly common household items, you can make an assortment of things like American flags, star wreaths or even just adding a bit of red, white and blue to your home or wardrobe for the extended weekend.

If arts and crafts isn’t your thing, a Memorial Day cookout is a great way to spend the day. As the unofficial start to summer, it almost seems like an American tradition to fire up the grill on what’s usually a beautiful day. So take the opportunity this weekend to gather up your friends and family and spend time together celebrating our troops and the sacrifices they made.

Of course, there are many other ways to spend the day and to honor our troops so no matter what you choose to do, we want you to have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Safety Tips for Gardeners

May 17th, 2016

It’s that time of the year again. April showers have come and gone and May’s flowers are here. But if you’re a senior gardener and this is your favorite time of year, there are a few tips and tricks to stay safe in your garden.

Become reacquainted with the lay of the land before you begin.

Before you get started, take a moment to inspect your yard. Winter can take its toll on anyone’s yard, so make sure that there aren’t any new roots, rocks or unleveled areas that turn up in your yard. Basically, look for anything that can trip you up and cause a fall. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or loved one either. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can catch the things we miss.

Avoid pressure on your knees and lower back.

The quick and easy fix is to use things like stools, chairs, or a bench to prevent bending or squatting for long periods of time. If that doesn’t suit you, you may want to look into using a trellis or a raised flower bed. This allows you to enjoy gardening but in a more vertical position. Your knees and back will thank you for it.

You can beat the heat with planning, rest and plenty of ice cold drinks.

The heat can be harmful to any of us, but especially our kids and seniors. That’s why you should avoid gardening during the hottest part of the day, usually between 12 pm and 4:30 pm. Be sure to pace yourself. You don’t have to do everything in a day. Hydration is also key while gardening. Whether it’s lemonade, your famous iced tea or just ice cold water, make sure you drink plenty of it. We recommend taking a moment to cool off and rehydrate every 20-25 minutes.

Make sure you’re using functional tools.

When you’re out purchasing your gardening tools, stick with ones that are on the longer side. Longer tools give you better leverage and less need to bend over and risk injury. Grip is also an important feature and studies show that curved handles typically provide the best grip and most comfort. The right pair of gloves can be a huge help as well.

Stay connected

Having a way to call for help in case of an emergency is crucial. If you have a medical alert button, don’t forget to wear it. Although not as effective, a cordless or mobile phone could also do the trick.

Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts and Ideas

May 5th, 2016

Yes, Mother’s Day is almost here and if you haven’t already gotten your mom a gift here are a few of our favorite ideas. These are some simple yet meaningful ways to help make this day special for mom.

1. A nice meal with mom and all of her children.

Whether it’s a fancy restaurant or you cook and host the gathering yourself, mom’s favorite meal surrounded by her favorite people is an excellent way to spend the day.

2. Digital Picture Frames

You can actually scan and digitalize her old photos and add a ton of new photos as well. Best of all they’re small enough to place pretty much anywhere in mom’s home. If you add a few pictures of her grandchildren as well, your gift will be sure to put a smile on mom’s face.

3. E-Reader

Many seniors have been leaving behind their bigger and heaver books and switching to new e-readers. They are a lot easier for mom to lug around but also it’s something she can use every day. So if mom is a reader and doesn’t already own one, there’s no better time than now to get her one of these devices.

4. Flowers and Chocolates

If for any reason you just can’t make it to mom’s house this Sunday, there’s something to be said about sending mom a beautiful vase full of her favorite flowers. Not only that, but her favorite chocolates and a card with a heartfelt message would still help make this Mother’s Day a special one.

5. A LifeStation Medical Alert System

A perfect gift choice for any mother who may live alone, has a history of emergencies, or may just be getting up there in age. This gift will provide mom with a certain sense of safety, security, and overall peace of mind that no other gift can offer. The best part is, it gives you those same feelings and peace of mind as well. For more info on how it will all work for your mother specifically, please speak to one of us today at (877)478-3390.

Happy Mother’s Day from LifeStation.

Great Spring Activities for Seniors

April 29th, 2016

Springtime Activities for Seniors

Taking some time to enjoy some fun springtime activities can help to not only provide great exercise but improve your happiness as well, according to the National Institute of Health. Even if mobility is a problem, you can choose activities that cater to you.

Here are some of our favorites:

1. Choose a local park or nature trail for walks.

Many landmarks, local parks and even nature trails are appropriate for seniors. Do a little research ahead of time to find out what outdoor nature destination is a good choice for your loved one.

2. Visit a farmers market.

There’s nothing like fresh fruits, vegetables and local arts and crafts to inspire elders. Getting out into the fresh air with other adults, children and often pets is also beneficial for seniors. It might be fun to choose a recipe before the outing to help inspire the palette with organic food as you peruse the market.

3. Spring cleaning.

When there’s light outside coming in through the windows, clutter and dust are suddenly visible. It’s always healthy to do a little spring cleaning to create a comfortable ambiance. You might even want to put up a spring wreath and other fresh decorations.

4. Go fishing.

If your elderly loved one is mobile, you can venture to many fishing spots, but even those who are wheelchair bound can cast from a pier or bridge over a creek or river. Peruse your area for the perfect fishing spot.

5. Enjoy local attractions.

Whether it’s landmarks, historical sites or sporting events, tourist attractions are good for the mind and for combating cabin fever.

6. Eat outdoors at a fancy restaurant.

Good company, food and a fancy ambiance are all a recipe for success. Satisfy your taste buds and take time for quality bonding, all while getting some much needed fresh air.

7. Visit a nursery.

Nurseries are an excellent place for seniors to visit because they can partake in their indoor and outdoor plant preferences, which adds to the excitement factor. Beautifying both indoors and outdoors can provide some color and enjoyable ambiance.

8. Go on a picnic.

Pack a delicious lunch with a comfortable blanket and enjoy the outdoors, picnic style. You can bring binoculars for bird watching, books to read, or cards for some outdoor game-fun.

9. Invest in a bird feeder for bird watching.

Birds provide beautiful visuals and entertainment for seniors, and springtime bird chirping signals the opportune time to invest in a feeder. Whether blue jays or hummingbirds, bird feeders attract nature to your yard. You can even build your own for a little extra fun.

10. Watch cooking shows for savory spring recipes.

The Food Network offers great cooking shows and recipe ideas for springtime rejuvenation and healthy living. Watch a show with your loved one and compliment the meal with one of these delicious water-infused recipes.

11. Take up gardening.

To go along with healthy eating, a modest herb garden provides not only gardening fun, but also healthy and tasty ingredients for your favorite dishes.

12. Go see a show.

Whether a local theater production or a fancy opera; getting dressed up and having a fun evening watching a show adds not only a little fun to senior-life, but also some culture.

 

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Seniors

February 2nd, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t reserved for young couples, anyone can celebrate! It’s a day to show love and affection for those you care about. It’s also a nice opportunity to spend time doing fun activities with your loved one.

3 Valentine’s Day activities for seniors

1. Have fun decorating together
Putting up decorations makes a holiday festive and more special. Why not make decorations together? You get the double benefit of saving money and enjoying a fun activity. Here are some simple decor projects:

  • Festive garland – Cut pink and red colored paper into equal-sized strips. Make interlocking rings by pasting or stapling the ends together.
  • Hearts everywhere! – Cut hearts out of colored paper and stick them up on the walls or cabinets.
  • Stained glass window – Cut hearts out of colored tissue paper and stick them up on a light-filled window. Overlapping them makes beautiful patterns too.

2. Make homemade treats to share

Valentine’s Day and sweet treats go hand in hand. Have fun and celebrate by making Valentine’s cookies or easy sweets together. You can even make extras to give to family and friends!

3. Watch a romantic comedy or romantic movie together

After you’ve decorated and created some sweet treats, it’s time to relax with a fun or romantic movie.

Valentine’s Day is for all kinds of love, not just for lovers! Spend time with those you care about and have a good time!