Articles and Information from GA Foods

Confessions from a Caregiver

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Nov 27, 2019 9:26:00 AM


Pictured is Maureen and her children with her mother, Alice. (And by the way, it was Maureen's 43rd birthday!)


My Back Story
In recognition of National Caregiver Month, we are reposting this blog from 2016. 

In 1992, we placed my dad in a long-term care facility. He was partially paralyzed from a stroke, and we couldn’t care for him at home. After a year of living apart from my dad, my mother asked to move in with me. Despite living in a senior living community, she was lonely. She was only 71-years old. She had some health issues and limited mobility, but she was completely independent. At the time, my husband and I had a 2-year old daughter and another baby on the way. I had a busy and demanding career. The thought of having another person in our home to help out was very appealing.
Read More

Topics: Senior Health, Caregivers, Care Managers

Celebrating The Season Of Thankfulness

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 21, 2019 10:45:00 AM

Feeling thankful? The holidays have a way of making us reflect on all we have to celebrate when it comes to the ones that mean the most. Whether you’re getting together with your family this holiday or doing a simple gathering with newfound friends, using this time to make new memories with those near and dear can be just as fulfilling for you as it is for them.

Read More

Topics: Menu Planning, Older Adults

Fall Into Better Health: Making Friends and Living Longer

Posted by Rafael Cavour on Nov 14, 2019 11:15:00 AM

This is the last in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.

When it comes to maintaining our health, we tend to think of more straightforward solutions like diet and exercise. But surprisingly, as we age, our well-being is heavily dependent on our level of socialization .
Read More

Topics: Senior Health, Aging Well

A Tribute to Our Veterans

Posted by Mark Johnson on Nov 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor the sacrifices made by all U.S. veterans – living or deceased – for serving our country during war or peacetime. It falls on November 11 each year, which is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities between Germany and the Allied Nations, marking an end to World War I. 

Read More

Topics: Military, Armed Forces

Fall Into Better Health Part 3: Ways To Stay Hydrated

Posted by Bill Shaw on Oct 31, 2019 10:45:00 AM

This is the third in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.


Making up more than 60% of our body, water isn’t just an important part of staying healthy; it’s vital in keeping us alive. From properly balancing bodily fluids to kidney function, hydration keeps our body working the way it should be—which becomes increasingly more important as we age

Read More

Topics: Senior Nutrition, Baby Boomers, Dehydration

Fall Into Better Health: Maintaining Physical Strength & Balance

Posted by Kenn LoBianco, Jr. on Oct 23, 2019 11:10:00 AM

This is the second in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.

Aging may not be preventable, but we have plenty of control over how we age—especially in the physical sense. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from illnesses that can be prevented, or improved, through regular exercise. From weight management and better sleep to maintaining muscle, joint, and bone mass, regular exercise has clear benefits. Perhaps the most important benefit is the role exercise plays in preventing falls - or injury - when a fall occurs.

Read More

Topics: Senior Health, Senior Nutrition, aging in place

Fall Into Better Health: Part I: Keeping Your Brain Sharp

Posted by John Siegel on Oct 9, 2019 1:13:27 PM

 

This is the first in a series of four articles in our Fall Into Better Health series.

Maintaining our health as we age ensures wellness, happiness, and longevity. Through routine checks of our blood pressure, heart, eyes, and even bones, doctor visits are a must, but we tend to forget about checking in on one critical part: Our brain. The good news, however, is that there are many ways to ensure it stays healthy and sharp, and with the new discoveries surrounding brain aging, there are many important reasons.

Read More

Topics: Senior Health, Aging Well, Senior Nutrition

Diabetes: What You Need To Know!

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Sep 12, 2019 11:10:00 AM

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are above normal. With diabetes, the body may not make enough insulin, use the insulin in the right way, or both, causing blood sugar levels to be too high.

Read More

Topics: Chronic Disease Management, Diabetes, Healthy Meals for Seniors

Celebrating National Senior Center Month

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Sep 4, 2019 11:17:06 AM

September is National Senior Center Month,  and this year's theme is "Senior Centers: The Key To Aging Well."  Senior Centers offer ways to keep older adults active, social, and provide programs to help them to continue to learn and grow. Sharing meals is a popular activity at Senior Centers and provides a vital social interaction that is so important to older adults.

Read More

Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Nutrition, aging in place

Tired of Living Alone? Get a Boommate!

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Aug 29, 2019 12:20:21 PM

 

Retirement is supposed to be one of the most celebrated stages of life. However, today, older adults are facing more challenges than opportunities when it comes to finances, companionship, health and, ultimately, quality of life – and this is especially true for women. From lower earnings and savings to higher debt, financial challenges are turning into housing challenges that are only expected to grow

Read More

Topics: Aging Well, Senior Nutrition, Baby Boomers, aging in place

Search this Blog

Subscribe

Blog Topics

see all