Healthy Nutritional Options For Seniors!

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Hello Everyone! In this article we’re going to go over a few helpful ways to simply encourage your senior to eat healthier!     Eating healthy isn’t always easy. It becomes even harder for our seniors.

The first thing you need to take note of is your seniors physical ability. We all know that an apple is healthier than a cheeseburger. But, can your senior chew the apple? If they can’t chew the apple do they have the time and ability to peel and slice it? Maybe your senior would rather eat the cheeseburger because it fills them up. Perhaps, the cheeseburger is just a tastier, cheaper, and generally simpler option for your senior to eat.

I think the Cheeseburger is winning!

As hard as it is for us to stay healthy, seniors face much bigger obstacles everyday:

• Convenience- Driving to the store, cooking a meal, (all require time and…

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Healthy Nutritional Options For Seniors!

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Hello Everyone! In this article we’re going to go over a few helpful ways to simply encourage your senior to eat healthier! Eating healthy isn’t always easy. It becomes even harder for our seniors. Many seniors want to eat what’s convenient instead of what’s nutritious. Fast food and frozen meals often become a seniors primary source of nutrition.

The first thing you need to observe, is your seniors physical ability. We all know that an apple is healthier than a cheeseburger. But, can your senior chew the apple? If they can’t chew the apple do they have the time and ability to peel and slice it? Maybe your senior would rather eat the cheeseburger because it fills them up. Perhaps, the cheeseburger is just a generally more convenient option. In this article we are going to learn healthy and affordable ways to promote better nutrition for your seniors.

As hard as it is for us to stay healthy, seniors face much bigger obstacles everyday:

• Convenience- Driving to the store, cooking a meal, (all require time and energy)

• Price- Some seniors have a hard time paying for their groceries , (on a fixed income)

• Physical inability- Arthritis, pain, and weakness can cause some seniors to eat poorly because of pain or inability  

• Habit- Some seniors eat poorly out of habit (like some of us)!

• Taste- Sometimes seniors just want what tastes good (also like some of us)

A proper diet is vital for living a healthy, happy life. Our diet can affect our moods, our ability to fight infection, our bone density, our digestive system, and affect our cardiovascular health. Eating a cheeseburger once in a while is not a terrible thing, but some seniors will form a routine of eating what they have available.

 

Convenience is a problem for everyone. However, seniors have more limitations than most of us. Here are a few tips we can suggest:

• Make sure your senior has access to nutritious, easy to chew options.

• Soft fruits like bananas, strawberries, and grapes are wonderful ways to promote regularity and are easy to access.

• Frozen vegetables are an inexpensive way to keep your senior well rounded. Once they are steamed they are softer and easier to digest with more nutritional value than canned vegetables

• Promote healthy snack time. Snacks are important, but try and limit the sugar. No sugar added jello, low fat yogurt, sugar free pudding, and fig bars are all great ways to indulge without the sugar.

• If you do the cooking for your senior, cook enough to freeze, or refrigerate so they can use on a night they might not feel up to cooking.

• A nutritional drink may also be added as a supplement to seniors suspected of skipping meals

• Low-sodium lunch meat is also a better option than traditional lunch meat

• Low-sodium frozen meals are also a better option than traditional frozen meals

• Low-sodium soup is also good to keep handy

• Purchase store brand instead of name brand

These are just a few ways to help your senior chose healthier and affordable options. If your seniors are having trouble affording their groceries or prescriptions, we can help. We are dedicated to helping our seniors stay independent and healthy. We are involved with local food banks and meals on wheels to aide in senior financial support. Also, we can assist in discounted prescription drug costs.

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Preventing your Senior from falling at home

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As we go through life, our bodies age. Our bones become more dense and fragile. A simple bump on the coffee table would normally result in a bruise, but after age sixty five, a simple bruise can lead to a blood clot or a nasty broken bone. Emergency room visits and trips to physical rehabilitation centers, due to falls, are increasing in the senior population. That coffee table that used to cause an unsightly bruise can now become a life threatening situation.

There are ways to prevent such problems and falls. Your loved ones can have peace of mind in their own home. And you can feel confident knowing that you can do something to prevent such a devastating accident. Let’s start from the ground and work our way up:

  • Does your loved ones home have area rugs and/or other obstacles in their primary pathways?
  • Is your loved one wearing slippers or socks to navigate their home?
  • Does your loved one forget to use their cane, walker, or wheelchair at appropriate times
  • Are your loved ones taking their medication properly and on time?
  • Has it been longer than 1 year since your loved one has had their eyes checked?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, your loved one could be at risk of falling in their own home! There are a few suggestions to help you prevent an unnecessary accident. Always Best Care Senior Services can offer free in-home safety evaluations when you call for a consultation. Below are some helpful tips you can do now to safeguard yourself and your loved ones against falls.

  • Remove area rugs and obstacles from their general pathways
  •  Introduce non-slip socks or slippers to navigate their home.
  • To help them remember their assistive devices, try tying on a colorful ribbon or placing them in doorways that you loved one must enter or exit.
  • Use a medication planner to help your loved one remember the exact time they are supposed to take the proper medication.
  •  Help your loved one get their vision checked annually just in case they have any changes that could hinder their ability to remain safe

.Always Best Care Senior Services of Southeast Montgomery County

 

For an in-home safety consultation please call David Baim at (267) 217-7059!

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