The importance of proper nutrition for seniors simply can't be understated. Poor nutrition can affect the mind, the body, the immune system and energy levels in ways you may not be aware of. The more you know about the aging factors that can affect eating habits, the easier it will be to ensure the person you care for maintains a healthy diet.
We've collected a wide range of materials to help you recognize the warning signs of poor nutrition, understand the physical changes with age that affect appetite and digestion, and be aware of the lifestyle changes that can affect the way mealtimes are viewed. You'll find nutrition guidelines for mature men and women, a list of food staples every senior should have, and suggestions for making shopping, meal preparation and dining more enjoyable. In addition, there are tips for food safety, recommendations for transportation and budget issues, as well as discussions about the role diet plays in patients with diabetes, cancer and Parkinson's disease.
In this video series, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care will give you tips for making sure your senior loved one is getting proper nutrition. This video is designed for anyone who is caring for an elderly person be it a parent, other relative or friend. By watching this video you will learn why proper nutrition is important and what can happen if your senior loved one doesn't have good eating habits; simple ways to help your senior loved one shop for good food and eat right; as well as ideas for specific dietary and health concerns.
This series of videos, Caring for Your Parents: Education for the Family CaregiverSM, contains valuable information for anyone who is caring for an elderly person be it a parent, other relative or friend. For each topic you'll learn helpful tips to overcome challenges and be provided with resources to make your family caregiving responsibilities a rewarding and loving experience.
High blood pressure can lead to more than just heart problems. Among other things, it is directly related to decreased cognitive functioning, according to research. That’s why is important to carefully monitor a senior with high blood pressure.
Food poisoning can make people sick at any age, but seniors – many of whom have other conditions or weakened immune systems – are particularly vulnerable. Assisting seniors at home is a good way to ensure an older adult is eating safely.
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
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.
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.
It might be called the tale of two Boomers: One day you hear that older adults have
never been healthier; they're working out and buffing up at YMCAs and fitness clubs
throughout America, and living longer as a result. At the same time, half of middle-aged
adults between 55 and 64 have high blood pressure and two and five are obese, according
to the National Center for Health Statistics. A recent study by Purdue University reveals
a more complex picture of the cost of obesity for Boomers…