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Being Alone Doesn't Have To Be Lonely

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Nov 29, 2018 10:02:00 AM

 

Loneliness might mean something different to everyone, but one thing has become clear: it doesn’t just mean living alone. In fact, recent studies show loneliness is linked to social isolation and an experience of not fitting in or belonging. So while some people can live alone and feel completely fulfilled, others can live with or around many people and still feel isolated – and this is especially true for seniors.

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Topics: Aging Well, Senior Health

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

Older Americans Month and How to Nail the Selfie Challenge

Posted by Sean LoBianco on May 17, 2018 3:25:29 PM

Healthcare in America is booming. New innovative technology, medicine, and techniques are continually improving recovery, life expectancy, and quality of life.

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Topics: Aging Well

How We Help Older Americans Overcome Eating Barriers

Posted by Sean LoBianco on May 10, 2018 1:50:56 PM

Every May, our nation observes Older Americans Month. This comes from the Administration on Aging, a division in the Federal Government. This years theme of Older Americans Month is "Engage at Every Age" with an emphasis on "you are never too old." The Administration on Aging suggests "to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being." One of the most important parts of physical activity is a healthy diet.

For older Americans, this can be more challenging. As we age, our sense of taste and smell change. We face dental issues like missing teeth, sore gums, or poorly fitting dentures. Saliva production decreases, often making it harder to swallow, and ultimately reducing our appetites.

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Topics: Menu Planning, Aging Well, Senior Nutrition

Health Benefits for Senior Volunteers serving Seniors

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Feb 1, 2018 12:50:28 PM

The Benefits of Volunteering: Senior Volunteers Enjoy a Better Quality of Life

Volunteering is altruistic– a gift we give to others. Research reveals it’s also something great we do for ourselves! The benefits of volunteering are varied and even more pronounced for senior volunteers.

Senior volunteers are already more motivated than many of their younger community members. Therefore, senior volunteer recruitment and senior quality of life is a perfect match.

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Topics: Baby Boomers, Aging Well, Volunteers, Volunteerism

What are the Nutrition Strategies for Baby Boomers and Wellness?

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Aug 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

This is the fourth article in a 4-part series on the role that nutrition plays in the health of Baby Boomers. Click here to read more articles about Baby Boomers.

Often, the terms "health" and "wellness" are used interchangeably. Do these terms mean different things? As a matter of fact, they do. Whereas most of us have a pretty good grasp of what it means to be healthy or fit, wellness is a bit more elusive and hard to pin down. How do you know you've achieved it? 

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Topics: Aging Well, Baby Boomers, Nutrition, Senior Nutrition, Chronic Disease Management

Want a Faster Recovery? Ask for Help!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 22, 2017 11:53:54 AM

According to Kaiser Health News, 28 percent of patients (many being older adults) who are offered home health care services when they are discharged from the hospital, refuse the services available, which could lead to delayed recoveries, and reduced independence. Studies indicate that those who refuse post-discharge services may have higher rates of readmission to the hospital and a lower quality of life.

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Topics: Aging Well, Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition, Medicare, Nutrition Care, Post Discharge

No Place Like Home - Aging in Place for Seniors

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 10, 2017 10:22:19 AM

According to  The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), more than 90 percent of older adults prefer to stay in their homes rather than move to a senior facility. One of the challenges you face as a case manager is helping seniors to age in place. People want to stay in their homes because they are most comfortable with what is familiar. 

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Topics: Aging Well, Senior Nutrition, Home Delivered Meals, Care Managers, Nutrition Care

How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Plan Menus

Posted by Chef Michael Thrash, CEC, CCA, WCEC, PCII on Apr 20, 2017 11:20:21 AM

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Topics: Baby Boomers, Menu Planning, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Senior Nutrition, Aging Well, Home Delivered Meals

Make Long-lasting, Healthy Changes

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Mar 22, 2017 1:50:58 PM

As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continues to celebrate National Nutrition Month® with the theme, "Put Your Best Fork Forward", they encourage everyone to make long-lasting, healthy changes that will lead to renewed energy and help you age well.

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Topics: Best Fork Foward NNM, Aging Well, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors, National Nutrition Month, Nutrition

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