If you've glanced at a magazine or online health site lately, you've probably been bombarded by the term 'superfood'. This is a term that is bandied about haphazardly, and often misunderstood, causing people to overeat (or just simply eat) the wrong foods.
Many older adults, especially those who are homebound, do not receive adequate balanced meals, which are important for managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and are vital for disease prevention. Unfortunately, proper nutrition and diet sometimes takes a backseat to other steps in disease management, but it should never be overlooked. The body needs to receive the right balance of calories, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats, and proteins from food in order to function well. Food as medicine is not a new concept, but a good diet should be taken seriously and be a top goal to help ensure better quality of life.
Topics: Home Delivered Meals
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It may seem unbelievable, considering the abundance of food in the U.S., but malnutrition is a very real problem among the elderly. It’s estimated that as many as one out of every four senior citizens suffers from poor nutrition. This can have a serious negative impact on health, from lowered immunity to slower wound healing and exacerbation of existing diseases. It can lead to loss of weight and muscle strength, making daily activities more difficult and increasing the likelihood of falls.
Aging in place allows seniors the benefit of remaining in the familiar environment of their own home and maintaining more independence. While assisted living centers and nursing homes provide security and medical care for those who need it, aging in place is a better option for many. Resources like meal delivery help seniors remain independent at home for as long as possible. Here is what you should know about meals for seniors.
With winter just around the corner, it's time to start preparing your aging parents for inclement weather, particularly if they live in another city or state. When a winter storm hits, your parents may not have easy access to meals or other essentials. Here are some tips for long-distance caregivers:
Nine out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium. Too much sodium is a health concern for all ages, but particularly for older Americans. Kidney function declines with age, so seniors have a more difficult time removing excess sodium from their bodies. While the body needs an adequate amount of sodium to function, too much sodium can lead to stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.
Dehydration in Seniors
Seniors need to be aware of the signs of dehydration. If they begin experiencing any symptoms, they need to increase their fluid intake. If the symptoms persist, they need to seek medical attention.
Not too long ago, I was walking through a neighborhood after a thunderstorm had passed by. I noticed an elderly woman with a walker, trying to cross the road. The recent downpour had created a wide puddle along the street that was several inches deep. She explained to me that she had new shoes on and she didn’t want to get them wet by stepping into the water. She needed to cross the street, because the bus that went to the local grocery store would be coming soon. We managed to get her across the puddle with minimal damage to her new shoes. I waited for the bus with her and found out grocery shopping was her Monday routine. Actually, it was her routine several times a week. She doesn’t have family nearby to help with shopping. During each trip to the grocery store, she buys only what will fit in the basket of her walker. After 15 or so minutes, the bus had not come. Since I do not rely on public transportation, it took awhile for me to realize that it was Memorial Day and the busses were not running on their regular schedule. I offered to get my car and take her to the store, but she decided her best option was to get back over that huge puddle and go back home. It was unsettling to me that she might not have food at home to eat. Unfortunately, there are too many seniors out there with the same issue.
Topics: Home Delivered Meals
This is the final post of our 5-part series, Impact of Nutrition Care on Patient Outcomes. In this series, we reviewed original research that shows the impact nutrition care has on patient outcomes.
This is the fourth of a 5-part series, Impact of Nutrition Care on Patient Outcomes. In this series, we will review original research that shows the impact nutrition care has on patient outcomes.