August news & updates
August 2021 | Issue 7
A Happier, Healthier "YOU"
Promoting Strength in Numbers by Working Together to End the Opioid Crisis
We hear the sad news of what seems to be an overdose a day on the television or we read about it in the paper. We often associate overdoses with a younger population but the reality is, the opioid crisis is very real and doesn't discriminate based on age. Older adults can struggle with addiction issues just as an individual of any age can.

Especially when it comes to managing chronic pain, we often think pain medication is the answer but this is NOT ALWAYS the case! There are natural, holistic ways to improve your health and mindset. Do you know where all your medication is? Is it all in a centralized, safe location? Take the time to review your current medication list with your doctor and see if there are any medications you can remove from the list.

Prioritizing Brain Health and Reaping the Benefits
Aging is a normal part of life and when we age, it is normal to experience a bit of memory loss. However, it is important to remain focused on brain health and be extra mindful of what steps can be taken to help keep the brain stimulated and functioning at its best.

Don't Be Another Statistic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year.

Especially given the decline in physical activity for older adults during the pandemic, this makes seniors even more of a fall-risk which can lead to lengthy hospital stays and/or rehab visits...but this doesn't have to be you!!!

Supporting the Communities We Serve
ABC Proudly Sponsors Cross Check Cancer Tournament in the Merrimack Valley
The Cross Check Cancer Women's Hockey Tournament is an annual event for women held at the Valley Forum Rinks of which 100% of the proceeds will be donate to Dana Farber's Adult Survivorship Program.
In the past 5 years, this tournament has donated over $40,000.

Supporting a More Dementia Friendly Community for All
ABC Home Healthcare Professionals is proud to say that we have our own Dementia Friends Champion right here in-house!

Our Business Development Manager, Michelle McNall, has just completed the course required to be able to train others within the community on how to become more dementia friendly and inclusive for all!

Are you interested in learning more about Dementia or would you, your family or your organization benefit from a Dementia Friends training?

The Fun Stuff
Can You Guess It?

What is in seasons, seconds, centuries and minutes but not in decades, years or days?

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on Earth?

I have lots of memories, but I own nothing. What am I?

Fun With Words

Word scrambles are a fun way to pass the time but, more importantly, they are a great exercise for the brain!

Did you solve it? Email us for the answer key
A Delicious Way to Get Your Serving of Veggies!
What's for dinner? Try this easy, tasty roasted vegetable pasta recipe!

Here's what you will need:

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 Vidalia onions or 1 small yellow onion
  • 5 small pattypan squash
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves or minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • Fresh thyme
  • 1 16-ounce package of brown rice penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1/2 small lemon
  • Red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly ground pepper for taste