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Companionship is one way to help keep seniors interested in good nutrition.

Seniors Need Good Nutrition and Companionship

Maintaining good nutrition for older adults can be a challenge because many seniors no longer can cook for themselves. What's more, illnesses and medications can affect their appetites. Companionship is one way to help keep seniors interested in good nutrition

There are many important factors to consider when developing food plans for older adults.

Senior Diet Plan Should Begin with Doctor's Visit

Diet plans for older adults can be tricky business. That's because experts say that caloric intake should decrease even though nutritional needs remain the same as we age. That's why any diet for older adults should begin with a doctor's visit.

According to researchers, consuming fewer calories leads to a longer, healthier life.

Fewer Calories, Longer Life, Researchers Say

Less is more when it comes to eating for a long-lasting life. Research reveals that caloric restriction has been shown to slow the aging process in primates. Companionship also is an important part of healthy eating, a good reminder to make the most of mealtimes for seniors by inviting over a friend.

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Download the The 50-50 Rule® Brochure

This guide is designed to help adult siblings and their aging parents deal with those sensitive situations that arise among brothers and sisters as their parents age and need assistance. The guide covers a variety of sibling caregiving topics such as: How do you divide workload with your sister? What's the best way to build teamwork with your brothers? How can you reach agreement as a family on important topics to avoid family conflict?

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When it's Time to go to the Doctor…Here's What to Ask

Doctor visits can be overwhelming for older adults, particularly if they have hearing problems or dementia. Seniors often appreciate someone attending an appointment with them. If a family caregiver can't attend an appointment with an older loved one, encourage or help a senior find someone – a trusted neighbor or friend – to go with him or her to provide any needed assistance.

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Recommendations and Resources: Caring for Elderly Parents (5 of 5)

The final part of this series covers ideas to help siblings cope with the demands of family caregiving for an aging parent. Including ways to avoid family feuds and offers tips for working together, as well as resources for dealing with sibling conflict that's already happening.

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Checklist for Sibling Caregivers: Caring for Elderly Parents (4 of 5)

Part 4 of 5 in this series offers tips for developing a checklist that can help adult siblings better manage the care of their senior loved ones.

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Siblings Hot Button Issues: Caring for Elderly Parents (3 of 5)

This video discusses the top issues that cause siblings to struggle when it comes to caring for elderly parents. These include illness of a parent, money matters, inheritance, and others.

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Siblings Struggle with Senior Care: Caring for Elderly Parents (2 of 5)

This video discusses research that provides great insights into the issues that siblings face as they try to provide the best care for their aging parents. It also covers the 50-50 Rule—a program designed to help adult siblings improve communication skills.

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Caring for Elderly Parents (1 of 5)

This video series introduces the 50-50 Rule® — practical support services to help adult siblings improve communication skills, develop teamwork, make decisions together and divide the workload in caring for aging parents.

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