Does your senior spend almost all of her time indoors? That isn’t unusual at all, especially if your senior is having trouble with health issues and feeling under the weather a bit. But there are big benefits to spending time outside, even if it’s just a few minutes at a time. Home care assistance can make it easier for your elderly family member to get out of the house, whether that’s to a nature trail or into the backyard.

Fresh Air Can Be Revitalizing

Spending a little bit of time every day outside can do a lot to perk your senior up, both physically and mentally. Air inside can get stuffy this time of year, so when it’s nice out, it can be relaxing to sit outside in a bit of sunlight and just be for a little while. If your aging family member has plants outside or birds to watch, that’s even better.

Sunlight Boosts Vitamin D Levels

There are significant health benefits to sitting in the sun for a few minutes, too. Sunlight helps to stimulate production of vitamin D, which is crucial for bone health and general well-being. If your elderly family member tends to be low on vitamin D levels, spending a few minutes each day in the sun can help her to rebuild it. She’s also less likely to burn herself by getting some sun in the fall and winter, although it isn’t impossible if she spends too much time in the sun. Your senior can also get vitamin D from her diet. Meal prep help from home care assistance can ensure your senior is eating a balanced diet with plenty of nutrients.

Being Outside Can Clear Mental Cobwebs

Being in nature and just being outside for a little while can do so much for your senior’s mental health. There’s something about outdoor time that allows the brain to clear itself for a little while. If your senior has a tough time with meditation but still wants to find ways to clear her mind, time outside might be exactly what she’s looking for to accomplish that feat.

Your Senior Might Be More Active

It’s also possible that your elderly family member gets motivated to be more active in general by going outside more often. The physical act of going outside is activity, of course. But she might find herself inspired to do things like take a walk, even if that walk is just a few rounds of the backyard. Over time, she might even find that she expands on that activity and starts to choose to be even more active. Home care assistance can remind your senior to be more active, especially if that’s something that her doctor has recommended that she try.

Finding ways to improve your senior’s quality of life doesn’t have to be incredibly complicated. Sometimes it means helping her to prioritize simple activities like spending time out in the fresh air when the weather is nice enough for her to do so safely.

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When the weather changes. it’s important for seniors to change their bathing and skin care routines to keep up. The cold weather can have a big impact the things that seniors need to do to in order to be healthy and comfortable. Some of the best cold weather personal care tips for seniors are:

Get Personal Care At Home

Personal care at home is specialized care that can be very helpful for seniors, especially during the winter. There is a very real risk that seniors will get chilled after bathing or showering when it’s cold. There are also increased risks of seniors slipping and falling as they rush to get out of the bath or shower and get warm. Personal care at home will help seniors stay warm and safe before, during, and after bathing even when it’s very cold outside. Seniors shouldn’t take risks when it comes to falls, so getting personal care at home to minimize the risk of falling after a shower or a bath is a smart thing to do.

Don’t Forget Lip Care

Lip care is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. In fact, it can be even more crucial for seniors to have lip protection during the winter. The cold temperatures outside can make seniors have dry lips that can crack and bleed. So can the warm dry air inside. Seniors should use an exfoliating lip product regularly to slough off dead skin cells and use a moisturizing lip product to retain moisture and keep the lips from getting dry and uncomfortable.

Wear Sunscreen

Even in the winter the UV rays from the sun can cause skin damage for seniors. As seniors get older the fat pad under the skin disappears. That leaves the skin thinner and more vulnerable to damage from things like UV rays. Seniors need to wear sunscreen every day. Even if they aren’t going outside very much or the weather isn’t particularly sunny they sill need to apply sunscreen every day. For seniors applying sunscreen each day should be just a routine part of personal care like washing their faces or brushing their teeth.

Switch To A Heavy Duty Moisturizer

The light lotions and moisturizers that keep skin healthy in the summer without weighing it down won’t cut it once the temperature starts to fall. Seniors should switch to a heavy duty cream or moisturizer for the winter that can take on really dry winter skin. Seniors can get very dry skin from hot showers and baths, very warm and dry indoor air, and not drinking enough water. A heavy mineral based moisturizer is the best way to keep a senior’s skin from getting dry and cracked during the winter. Petroleum jelly can be a great way for seniors to avoid getting painful, dry, cracked feet in the winter. Applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly and warm socks after a bath or shower will keep feet moisturized and soft.

Source
https://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/ten-winter-skin-care-tips

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Everyone knows that breakfast is absolutely vital, right? It’s been called the most important meal of the day for decades. And if your elderly family member has been skipping breakfast, here are some solid reasons for her to rethink that practice and start enjoying her first meal of the day a little bit earlier.

Breakfast Is Another Opportunity for Nutrients

The long and short of it is that your elderly family member needs all the nutrition that she can get. That means that not only should she be eating healthy snacks throughout the day, but she needs to start the day out with breakfast. Lots of breakfast food options are also high in fiber, which is vital for overall health. Oatmeal with berries, for instance, is really high in fiber and starts your senior out with plenty of fuel.

Her Body Needs Fuel After Sleeping

Overnight, your elderly family member has been sleeping, not eating. So, when she wakes up, her body needs fuel to keep it going. The energy that your senior gets from eating breakfast can keep her active during the morning hours instead of sluggish, and that can be an important factor in keeping her healthier overall. In-home care providers can help your senior with breakfast if she finds that it’s just too much effort first thing in the morning.

Her Brain Also Needs Fuel

But it isn’t just your senior’s body that needs fuel after sleeping. Her brain needs fuel to keep it moving, too. Healthy fats, natural sugars, protein, and fiber are all great nutrients for your senior’s brain. It’s easy to get those from breakfast, especially if home care providers are making sure that there’s a balanced meal ready for your elderly family member at the top of every day.

Skipping Breakfast Can Leave Her with Low Blood Sugar

Some people just never eat breakfast, and that’s been a habit that they have had their entire lives. That might have been true for your senior for a long time, but if she’s developed any health issues over the years, she might have to change that up. People with diabetes often find that first thing in the morning their blood sugar is very low. Skipping breakfast can allow those numbers to fall even lower, which can be a big problem. In-home care providers can remind your senior why it’s important to eat and help with things like remembering to test blood sugar levels, too.

She May Need Food to Take Medications

Something else to consider is that your elderly family member may be taking medications now that have to be taken with food. Taking those medications on an empty stomach can have disastrous impacts on her and should be avoided. That means even a light breakfast is something she needs to be ready to enjoy.

It can help to find breakfast foods that your elderly family member enjoys to make the whole idea a lot better. Something else to remember is that if she really dislikes breakfast foods, she can eat other types of food for breakfast. The main goal is that she’s getting plenty of solid nutrition.

Source
https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/many-benefits-breakfast

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Is your aging family member avoiding meals or choosing foods that don’t have a lot of nutritional value? That isn’t unusual for seniors, but it can lead to bigger health problems. Here are some tips that can help you to encourage her to eat healthier meals on a more regular basis so that she’s able to stay as healthy as possible.

Don’t Try to Make Your Senior Eat Foods She Hates

If there are foods your senior absolutely hates eating, don’t try to make her eat them at all. When someone has food aversions, more exposure to those foods isn’t going to make a difference. That’s especially true as your senior gets older. Focus on what she’s willing to eat and go from there. Try to remember what it’s like for you to be forced to eat foods you don’t like, even if they’re healthy options.

Put a Plan Together for Healthy Eating

Without a plan, this is going to be a lot more difficult for both you and your aging family member. Preparing a menu each week or each month helps your senior to know what to expect and it can make shopping and meal prep easier, too. If your elderly family member needs help with that, home care providers can make those tasks much simpler.

Focus on Keeping Meals Dense in Nutrients

When you’re talking with your senior about meals, the focus needs to be on nutritionally dense foods. That’s even more important if your senior has been really erratic in her eating habits. When she does eat, you need to be getting as many nutrients into her body as possible.

Schedule Meals and Snacks throughout the Day

Something else that can help is to set specific meal and snack times throughout your senior’s day. This helps her body to start to expect foods at certain times. Your elderly family member may still not be excited about eating, but she knows when those meals and snacks are planned to occur.

Consider Whether Your Senior Needs Company

Does your elderly family member need companionship while she eats? Lots of people need to eat with other people in order to feel comfortable eating. In some cases, that’s the missing link when it comes to eating consistently. If this is the case for your senior, elder care professionals are a great choice. Home care providers can spend mealtimes with your elderly family member, engaging her in conversation while she eats.

Work with Her Doctor

Keep working with your elderly family member’s doctor to make sure she’s getting enough nutrients. If she’s still having trouble eating consistently, there may be other solutions that her doctor recommends. Her doctor can also help you to finetune any of the aspects of her plan that you’re worried aren’t giving her what she needs.

Hopefully it becomes easier for your elderly family member to get the nutrition that she needs on a consistent basis. Reassessing the plan periodically can help to keep up with changes she might experience.

Source
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/senior-nutrition

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Did you know that 5.2 million older Americans faced food insecurity in 2019? When an older adult cannot shop for the right ingredients or doesn’t have access to nearby stores, they may start making poor nutritional choices. Being unable to drive long distances can be challenging to a healthy diet.

Another issue is that chronic health conditions can change dietary needs. Your dad may not be accustomed to cooking without added salt or sugar. He may have arthritis that prevents him from holding a knife properly. He needs your help making meals for him, but you work full-time and need meals that take very little time to prepare.

Grain Bowls

Keep cooked quinoa, barley, and brown rice in the freezer. If you store it in serving sizes, it’s easy to put together a grain bowl. Use a microwave to thaw the grain and move it to a bowl. Top it with diced cooked shrimp, canned tuna, or chickpeas.

Add favorite fruits and vegetables that you’ve chopped up and have available. Once your dad has chosen what he wants with his grains, he can add his favorite dressing.

Veggie-Loaded Egg and Tuna Salad Sandwiches

When you have free time, boil a dozen eggs. Move them to the refrigerator and peel them as needed. Use a food processor to finely mince a red onion and a bunch of celery hearts.

Instead of plain tuna salad sandwiches, mix tuna with chopped eggs. Mix ample portions of the vegetables into the egg and tuna. Refrigerate any onion mixture that you don’t use and save it for other recipes.

Add a tablespoon of chopped capers and pickles, if your dad isn’t restricting salt. If he is, swap the pickles for diced cucumber. Shredded chicken breast can be used in place of tuna if your dad isn’t a fan of fish. When your dad is ready for lunch, he can add a few spoonfuls of the tuna salad in a wrap or between slices of whole grain bread.

Ready-to-Eat Quiches

Make some mini quiches on the weekend and put them in the freezer. Load them with vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli, and red peppers. Boost protein intake by adding crumbled tofu.

If you use a muffin tin, you’ll get the right portion size. Move a few to the refrigerator for quick lunches. When your dad is hungry, he can take a quiche from the refrigerator and warm it in the microwave for a minute.

Home Care Assistance Can Be There to Prepare Meals

Why not let your dad have home-cooked meals throughout the week? You don’t have to stop working or rearrange your daily routine to make sure he’s having more than a heat-and-eat meal. Home care assistance services include meal preparation.

Caregivers can stop by, keep your dad company, and make sure he has hot, nutritious meals all of the time. Call a home care assistance advisor to get started.

Sources:
https://www.ncoa.org/article/what-is-food-insecurity-get-the-facts

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According to mental health professionals, a record number of seniors are experiencing loneliness, depression, and anxiety. When seniors don’t get the social interaction that all people need in order to stay happy and healthy, their mental health can really suffer. But it’s not realistic to expect that their children are going to be able to always provide the social connections that seniors need. Having a social safety net of people who can step in and be there for your senior loved one when you can’t is essential to their mental health. A few good ways to do that are:

Bring in Elder Care

A great option for the kind of regular social interaction that seniors need is elder care. When your senior loved one has elder care a provider will come to the house on a set schedule to help your senior parent around the house, talk with them, share meals with them, and more. That’s exactly the kind of routine social interaction that seniors need. And if you can’t visit your senior parent more than once or twice a week because you work or have children or have other responsibilities you can supplement your visits with elder care.

Reach Out To Neighbors

Neighbors can be another good piece of the social safety net for seniors. If your senior loved one is aging in place in the family home there’s a good chance you know some of the neighbors already. Check in with them to see if your senior parent can call them for a chat or if they need something. Offer to be the same point of contact for them if they need it. Then create a list with all the phone numbers for the numbers in large print and put it next to the phone so that your senior loved one or an elder care provider can reach out to the neighbors if they need to.

Enlist Other Family Members

Your siblings or cousins may live too far way to help with the daily care of your senior parent but that doesn’t mean that they can’t provide some social support from wherever they are. Set up a phone schedule so that your senior loved one is getting regular or even daily calls from a different member of the family each time. Checking in with your senior loved one on a regular basis will make them feel cared for.

Encourage Your Senior Parent To Get Professional Help

Getting senior parents to open up to a professional is tough because many of them were taught growing up that they shouldn’t talk to therapists or counselors. But professional psychiatrists and counselors can really help seniors as they struggle to find purpose when they retire and start to get older. Talk to your senior parent and strongly encourage them to get some professional help to help manage any symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Source
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/older-adults-and-mental-health

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Added sugar is a bigger deal in foods than you might have realized. It can be especially important for your senior to start really looking at how much added sugar she’s getting in her diet each day. Here are a few steps to take to reduce your senior’s sugar intake, and how home care can help her stick with these changes.

Get Familiar with Food Label Information

Sugar has a lot of different names, and it’s important to get familiar with as many of them as possible. Generally speaking, words that end in the suffix -ose are likely to be a sugar. Some examples include sucrose and fructose. High fructose corn syrup, for instance, is another type of refined sugar. Look at the ingredients, but also at the part of the label that gives calorie and added sugar information in grams. The higher that number is, the higher the added sugars in each serving.

Reduce Sugar Before Just Cutting it Completely

Cutting sugar completely is an admirable goal and there’s no doubt that your senior’s diet would probably benefit, but it’s also unrealistic. If your aging family member eats a diet high in added sugars now, cutting sugar completely would be a shock to her system and to her taste buds. Not to mention that her body would respond with withdrawal symptoms, including headaches, exhaustion, muscle pain, and mood swings.

Buy Unsweetened When You Can

When you can, it’s a good idea to buy unsweetened versions of foods, particularly prepared foods. Sugar can lurk in some unlikely places. For instance, some frozen fruits and vegetables include added sugar for no real reason other than flavoring. Checking the ingredients and the nutritional label can help you to spot those versions and avoid them.

But Don’t Avoid All Sweet Foods

But again, you want to avoid cutting out all sweet foods and sugary items. That’s especially true if your senior has leaned on these items heavily in her daily diet. Gradually reducing is one thing, and it’s probably a good idea. Home care providers can help your senior to strike a healthy balance between sweet treats and healthier options.

Opt for Natural Over Artificial Sweeteners

Any time you can, it’s a good idea to avoid artificial sweeteners. These artificial sugars often have zero calories, which makes them appealing. But they can sometimes cause sensitivities in some people and they can often leave an aftertaste that isn’t appealing. Natural sugars are less likely to have that effect on your elderly family member.

Help Your Senior Stick with the Plan

The biggest issue you’re likely to face is that your senior may not be as on board with this plan as you’d like her to be. You can make it easier by having home care providers help out with meal preparation and grocery shopping, especially if you’re not able to handle those tasks. Home care providers can help your senior to track what she’s eating and drinking, too, getting a solid idea how much sugar she’s really eating a day.

Talk with your aging family member’s doctor about what she can do to avoid too much added sugar. Having a plan gives you a way to help your senior to meet those goals.

Source
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8492796/

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Some seniors may face difficulties due to the natural process of aging. Although all people anticipate the transition from middle age to old age, some may struggle to adapt to becoming elderly. When you start taking care of your elderly loved one you may be unsure of how to help them. The truth is they may need more professional help than you can give.

Seniors will likely face various health issues, financial burdens, and stress that you are unaware of. Some elderly adults may want to age in place but are unable to thrive on their own like how they used to. This is when it can be beneficial to hire senior home care to help a senior take care of their homes and daily routines.

On top of hiring senior home care, you may need to encourage your elderly parents to try therapy. They may ask you what it will change or how beneficial could it actually be? It’s time for them to start talking to someone about their fears and learning how to embrace their senior years. This is truly a chance to live life to the fullest.

How Therapy Can Help Seniors

Older persons who may have trouble with the changes of aging might benefit from therapy in managing their emotions, discovering new sources of pleasure and purpose, and finding new sources of support. It may help individuals confront their fears of death, if they have such worries, and cope with the loss of loved ones.

Family or individual therapy may also be beneficial for family caregivers, as it can help them cope with their emotions and communication challenges — particularly beneficial if an elderly person has dementia. Dementia is strictly a medical diagnosis as opposed to a mental one, however cognitive behavior therapy may be able to alleviate certain dementia-related symptoms.

In greater numbers than in the past, seniors are seeking treatment in therapy for mental health problems unrelated to aging. Depression or anxiety are among the possible mental health disorders that can benefit from therapy. As understanding rises, it seems that views about mental health problems have started to shift. This is great news because the more in demand it becomes the more types of therapies that will emerge.

A senior can choose from one-on-one therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and even things like music therapy to help them sort through different emotions. Senior home care can offer support and transportation to and from therapy sessions.

Many older people were raised during an era in which mental illness was stigmatized and all mental challenges suffered by seniors were attributed to age or dementia. Now, however, therapy is seen by many people as a type of treatment. Research indicates that seniors are often more committed to therapy, aware that their time’s limited, and achieving improvements more rapidly than younger individuals. It’s time to get them the help they need through their final phase of life.

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No matter how old someone is, eating vegetables is crucial for living a long and healthy life. This is something that many seniors feel like they can give up, but it is still necessary for them to eat a well-rounded diet for several reasons. Fruits and vegetables are key components of a healthy diet because they include the necessary vitamins and minerals that protect and repair the body. Produce also contains fiber and phytochemicals, which are natural plant ingredients that prevent illness.

Here are a few reasons why seniors should be eating vegetables. Keep in mind that if they are having a hard time preparing meals themselves it may be time for you to consider companion care at home to help prepare meals. This will ensure that they are eating a well-rounded diet filled with vegetables.

Vegetables Help a Senior Live Longer

Fruit and vegetable-rich diets improve longevity by considerably lowering the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart disease, and cancer. Their antioxidant concentration prevents Cellular damage, lowering your loved one’s risk of cancer and cholesterol. Fruit and vegetable nutrients also help to boost immune systems.

Reduced Risk of Memory Issues

Diets heavy in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, and fish, known as Mediterranean diets, have been related to improved cognition in elderly adults. All of these are “brain-healthy” foods that improve cognitive function. According to research, older persons who consume a limited quantity of these items or a large amount of red meat, fried meals, candies or sweets, cheese, and butter are less likely to have good cognitive capacities as they age.

Lowers The Risk Of Chronic Diseases

Chronic disorders such as IBS, obstructive lung disease, diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis are reduced in the elderly by a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Apples, for example, assist in decreasing blood pressure and may alleviate diabetic symptoms, while beets include antioxidants that protect against heart disease.

It Can Be a Mood Boost

Vitamin deficiencies have been linked to depression, restlessness, and exhaustion. Vegetables rich in folates, such as leafy greens, beets, and broccoli, may help your elderly loved one feel better. Broccoli also includes the trace mineral selenium, which is thought to aid in the treatment of depression, exhaustion, and sleeplessness. Vegetables and fruits are also quite invigorating, which can assist the elderly person in your life to feel better throughout the day.

Best Salads That Can Be Prepped

If a senior needs help to prep food they should consider hiring companion care at home to help them with dietary needs. Here are a few options you can help with too.

Fruit Salads

If your senior is missing anything like vitamin c or other vitamins, this can be a great and tasty way to add them into their diet. You can cut up fruit in advance and portion it out for them to eat a little every day.

Spinach Salad

Tons of older people struggle with becoming anemic and Spinach is loaded with iron. So you can bump up their levels with a nice spinach salad and add a bit of protein from chicken!

Source
https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/celebrate-national-salad-month/

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It’s a fact that seniors who are overweight have a higher risk of developing some serious health conditions. Overweight seniors can develop diabetes or increase the chances of having a stroke or a heart attack. They also may struggle with mobility issues or painful joints as a result of the extra weight. Doctors often recommend that seniors who are overweight try diets and exercise to get down to a healthy weight. But is a calorie deficit for weight loss harmful for seniors? Unless recommended by a doctor and carried about under a doctor’s supervision, a calorie deficit could be an unhealthy choice for seniors.

What’s A Calorie Deficit?

In order to lose weight a senior needs to burn more calories than they eat. So theoretically eating fewer calories while not changing anything about their lifestyle should help a senior lose weight without having to increase the amount of exercise that they’re doing. A calorie deficit is a specific reduction in calories used to lose weight. However, it’s not as simple or as effective as it sounds.

Calories Aren’t All That Matters

One of the biggest flaws in the calorie deficit plan to lose weight is that a calorie deficit doesn’t regard one type of food as more benefit as the other. The only thing that matters is the amount of calories eaten. But food isn’t eaten just for calories. Foods contain the vitamins and minerals that people need to fuel their bodies and brains. Some foods that are higher in calories, like meat, also have larger amounts of essential vitamins and minerals. Calories aren’t all that matter when it comes to choosing foods.

Seniors Are Largely Malnourished

According to the latest data the number of seniors who are malnourished could be over 50%. That means that 1 in 2 seniors aren’t getting enough calories or enough of the vitamins and minerals they need. A calorie deficit could be very harmful for seniors who are already not getting the nutrition they need. Seniors should be making smart food choices, but cutting out calories isn’t a smart food choice unless a doctor has prescribed it for your senior loved one. If your senior parent is on a calorie deficit prescribed by a doctor a home care provider can help your senior loved one choose foods that fit the eating plan recommended by the doctor and help prepare them. But seniors should never start a calorie deficit unless their doctor tells them to.

Stay Away From Fad Diets

Meals and nutrition can be complicated for seniors, especially for seniors who take medications that might make them gain weight but also take away their appetite. The best way for seniors to lose weight if they are overweight is to have their doctor prescribe a way of eating that will provide the nutrition they need while also cutting enough calories to lose weight. But fad diets can be very dangerous for seniors. So seniors and their families should always get medical advice before starting any kind of weight loss journey.

Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/calorie-deficit
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/what-to-know-about-malnutrition-in-older-adults

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