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Fitness and Nutrition

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As they age, seniors can encounter a number of obstacles to remaining safe and healthy at home. One is fitness and the other nutrition.

If your loved one has lost interest in eating, you're not alone. Certain illnesses and medications can impact an older adult's appetite. What's more, mealtimes may have lost their appeal if Mom or Dad is living alone.

Staying fit and active also can seem like a difficult goal for many seniors who are unable to do what they once did. Motivating older adults to eat healthy and stay fit are among the most daunting challenges that many family caregivers face.


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Exercise Helps Mind and Body

Much has been written about the benefits of exercise for mind and body. Sometimes all seniors need is someone to help motivate them.

More Evidence Physical Activity a Plus for Seniors

If you need proof that exercise is a fountain of youth, check out the mounting research. If a senior loved one isn't convinced, call a friend – or CAREGiver – to provide that extra encouragement.

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Senior woman and her caregiver exercizing together

Power Points for Aging Can Keep Seniors on Healthy Course

A daily diet of four habits that consists of smoking abstinence, weight maintenance, regular exercise and sensible dinner-table practices can help seniors enjoy their golden years. So can companionship.

Elderly woman lifting weights

It’s Not Too Late for Simple Lifestyle Changes To Benefit Seniors

Even small steps in eating, exercising and acquiring healthy habits are a good, healthy start to a better quality of life for seniors. And one good thing can lead to another. Researchers said that four changes in a four-year period lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality considerably in a study group.

Senior woman and her caregiver go for a walk

Maintaining Weight as We Age Means More Exercise

Staying active is vital to healthy aging, and research reveals that remaining active can become more difficult as we age. That’s why it is so important to continue to be diligent about an exercise program. And companionship is a vital component of staying on the move.

Research: Seniors May Add Years by Quitting Smoking

Don’t give up the battle to quit smoking, seniors. Nearly every study shows that for each day of continuous smoke-free living, you will live longer no matter how long you have smoked.

Snoozing May Not Be So Peaceful for Seniors

Sleep problems may plague older adults for a variety of reasons. The Home Instead Senior Care network offers family caregivers tips for helping seniors get a better night’s sleep. Companionship is one important way to help.

Elderly woman sitting on her bed.

Senior Women Who Snooze Soundly Age Healthy

A big key to a restful night and a healthy lifestyle is maintaining a consistent sleep routine that includes few or very short daytime naps and avoiding caffeine at night. Nighttime support and companionship also could help.

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Night Fright

Whether the causes are physical, psychological or related to a disease such as Alzheimer's or other dementia, the Home Instead Senior Care network® has found that nighttime can be very frightening for seniors, especially those who live alone. Problems that occur at night with seniors are rooted in physical changes that result from aging, many of which are often connected to sleep disorders.

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