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Mary O'Hara

Mary O'Hara is the Healthcare Marketing Manager at GA Foods. Mary communicates how nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through blogs, emails, and presentations. She enjoys learning new recipes and preparing healthy meals for her friends and family!
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Take Heart - Healthy Foods Can be Delicious!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jul 11, 2019 11:07:00 AM

(This post was originally published on February 15, 2018 and updated on July 10, 2019).

We all know that eating healthy can help to reduce your risk of heart disease-- and your waistline! But did you know that heart-healthy foods can be delicious? ! And it's easier than you may think! 

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Topics: Heart Disease, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Senior Nutrition

Time to Celebrate Dad!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 12, 2019 2:29:38 PM

 

This Sunday, June 16, is Father's Day. As children, we remember how our dads were the heroes - no feat was too much! Whether it was setting up a tent in the woods, barbecuing in the backyard, or giving you your first driving lesson, they were a source of strength for the family.

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Topics: Senior Health

Celebrating Mother's Day With Older Adults

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 9, 2019 10:27:00 AM

Don't forget Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12. Your mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, or other loved ones may not be as independent as they used to be, but you can still make the day special and create happy memories.

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Topics: Aging Well

'Secrets' to Better Aging

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Apr 4, 2019 10:59:10 AM

 

Aging might be out of our control, but aging better is something we should all have a handle on. And with more access than ever to technology, nutrition and medical care that is helping everyone to live longer, it’s never been easier to embrace it. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Senior Health, Aging Well

Reframing Aging

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Feb 28, 2019 2:11:19 PM

With each birthday, we may wonder how we are perceived by those younger than us. While ageism affects people of all ages, it is no doubt that it is most prevalent in older adults. From healthcare settings to the workplace, discrimination based on age is happening in many areas of life and is at an all-time high. And as it works its way into mental health care, many researchers believe more serious conditions are going untreated by health professionals who are continually dismissing older patients, and, as a result, important signs.

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Topics: Senior Health, Healthcare Research

Medicare Advantage Plans Offer New Benefits to Members!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 7, 2018 11:01:00 AM

More than 20 million Americans are now choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan instead of Original Medicare, and the numbers are predicted to continue to grow. In fact, Medicare Advantage enrollment has increased 50 percent of over the past five years. It’s estimated by 2028 that 42 percent of enrollees will select a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Medicare, Post Discharge, Aging Well, Senior Health Plans

Is Medicare Advantage Right for Me?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 10, 2018 11:50:18 AM

It’s Medicare  open enrollment time! From October 15 to December 7, adults age 65 and over need to select the type of Medicare plan they want for 2019.  Since there are more choices than ever, it's  important to review your options carefully before making a decision.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Medicare, Post Discharge, Senior Health Plans

Is Your Transitional Care Plan Missing an Important Piece?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 4, 2018 3:03:52 PM

While your patients are in your care, you provide them with quality nutrition care. But, what happens when they go home? 

Many transitional care plans may be missing an important piece – nutrition care. Providing access to food allows the frail and elderly to regain their strength and energy faster. Proper nutrition for those at risk improves patient outcomes following surgery or hospitalization.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, Home Delivered Meals, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Post Discharge

Improving the Patient Experience by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Sep 5, 2018 10:44:38 AM


Addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) is increasingly important to hospitals and healthcare systems. In fact, medical care determines only 20 percent of overall health -- while social, economic, and environmental factors determine 50 percent of overall health. Extending ways to help patients stay healthy outside the hospital can help patients, communities, and hospitals. SDOH include all factors outside of the hospital that affects patients, such as:

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Post Discharge

Help Your Patients to Recover Faster At Home

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Aug 8, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Hospitals face many challenges when patients are discharged. Some concerns include if patients understand their care plan and need for follow up appointments. Will your patients have access to healthy meals when they return home? What if they are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves? 

When patients go into the hospital, one thing they may not expect is to leave malnourished. But, that is what occurs to one-third of patients admitted to hospitals. Malnutrition is not always recognized and often goes untreated during hospitalization. Weight loss and inadequate nutritional intake can delay the healing and recovery process. This may lead to more challenging recoveries, and in many cases, relapse and readmission.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, Home Delivered Meals, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Post Discharge

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