Local “Angels” Surprise Seniors with Mother’s Day Makeovers
Studies reveal new hairdo and fun on the town
best gift of all for Mother’s Day week!
(April 19, 2016) It’s the time of year to honor Mom for all her love, patience and guidance. Despite the celebrations, Mother’s Day week can be difficult for elderly moms who are widowed and live alone, far away from children and grandchildren. That’s why local caregivers are whipping out the hairspray and rolling out the red carpet — surprising senior moms with a “Mother’s Day Makeover” and a day on the town. This after a Harvard study found a new hairdo can improve health, lowering blood pressure. Another study shows seniors engaging in social activities are less likely to develop dementia. We invite you to follow along as we deliver “Mother’s Day Makeovers!”
“We’re delivering Mother’s Day Makeover surprises because the studies show seniors who feel good about their appearance and are socially active are physically and mentally healthier than seniors who are more isolated,” says Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels, one of the largest in-home senior care companies with a local office in our area. “If you can’t be with Mom or Grandma to shower them with love in person, our caregivers can step in to make this a fun, warm and memorable Mother’s Day week.”
Why is Visiting Angels giving “Mother’s Day Makeovers?”
The studies* show:
- A new hairdo lowers blood pressure. Plus, when asked by strangers to tell the age of the women, those with the new hairstyles appeared younger, even though their new hairdo was covered. (The conclusion: women felt younger, so they looked younger!)
- Social activities like visiting friends, eating out or playing bingo may help prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age.
- The rate of cognitive decline was reduced by an average of 70 percent in seniors who frequently engaged in social activities.
Mother’s Day Makeovers can include:
- Queen for the day: Surprise mom with a crown, flowers and chocolate. Do her makeup and/or hair. Or pamper her with a gift card to either a nail or hair salon or BOTH.
- Night (or day) on the town: Dress Mom in her finest duds for a night (or day) to remember. Whisk her away to her favorite restaurant, followed by dessert at a local ice cream parlor or even a movie or concert. Create an invitation, hire a limo or bring some flowers to make it an outing she’ll never forget!
- Trip down memory lane: Sit down with Mom and thumb through photographs of days gone by. Talk with her about each picture — the people, places and things that trigger warm memories. Make sure to include newer photos too, so Mom doesn’t dwell on the past and focuses on the bright events in her life now and in the future.
- Long distance surprise: Dial up Skype, Facebook or Periscope to connect Mom LIVE with children and/or grandchildren who can’t be there to celebrate the special day in person.
“Our caregivers help busy families make Mom feel special, engaged and loved, whether you live near Mom or not,” Meigs said. “Our angels are there to help seniors with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, transportation and companionship. They become like family and know how to make Mom feel loved during Mother’s Day week and every day of the week.”
- Follow along as we surprise local seniors with a Mother’s Day Makeover.
- Interview our senior care experts and possibly seniors about WHY it is so important to stay socially engaged and how staying involved improves their minds and quality of life.
- Bring our senior care experts to your newsroom to show how the Mother’s Day Makeover Kit works.
*Social Activity & Dementia Study
About Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services:
Visiting Angels began franchising in 1998 in Philadelphia, PA area. Today, Visiting Angels has more than 500 private duty agencies throughout the United States. Visiting Angels agencies employ only experienced caregivers and conduct the most comprehensive background screenings to ensure that their caregivers meet or exceed the company’s high standards. For companion care, Alzheimer’s care, Dementia care and the country’s best palliative care program, make Visiting Angels your choice in senior home care. For more information on Visiting Angels or to find a location near you, please visit www.visitingangels.com.