This month, National Nutrition Month, is an excellent time to remind your senior patients and their families of the importance of good nutrition and overall health. Please pass along these nutrition resources to seniors and their families who could benefit from practical tips and other helpful information on the topic of healthy eating.
A big THANK YOU to all who participated in the Salute to Senior Service Contest! Nominations and voting are now closed, but you can sign up to be notified via email of this year's winners when they are announced in April.
The Craving Companionship study, conducted by Home Instead, Inc. was the first of its kind to focus specifically on nutrition and mealtime challenges facing seniors age 75 and older who live alone. The results offer compelling insight into the importance of mealtime companionship for seniors' diets and overall health.
In a webinar on senior nutrition and mealtime, Dr. Amy D'Aprix received this question from a concerned family caregiver:
I feel that my dad is possibly depressed after the loss of my mom not too long ago. He seems to not be eating as well as he did before, possibly due to this depression. What can I do?
Foremost in Dr. Amy's response was simply this: Talk to your parent. She advised caregivers to ask questions and let the seniors know of their concerns. She went on to note that varying degrees of sadness are normal, but it is important to monitor for symptoms of depression.
Caring for seniors is a labor of love that requires a special person with just the right touch. The Home Instead Senior Care® network is looking for dedicated CAREGiversSM who share its passion for caregiving to provide non-medical in-home care assistance to seniors. Learn more about what it takes to become a CAREGiver at www.heartofacaregiver.com.
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's leading provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises providing more than 50 million hours annually of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico and China. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services - assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping - which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network's groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Program to work with seniors who live with these conditions. This world class curriculum is also available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of aging adults and their families.