Healthy Eating for the Elderly

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Healthy food choices for those in mid-life and senior years may not be as straightforward as for younger people. If the joy of food isn’t what it used to be, or if you’re concerned about a family member’s nutrition, it’s worth noting that healthy eating might be affected by: Physical changes associated with aging Social factors, such as living alone Mobility and transportation Decreased energy and functioning  Older persons may need fewer calories, making it more challenging to ingest enough nutrients. Physical activity may be curtailed, leading to reduced appetite levels. Taste and smell senses alter with age, so food might have less appeal. Medical conditions can change energy level or increase digestive problems, causing some people to start avoiding meals altogether. If this reflects your situation: New spices and recipes may add interest to food. More than ever, choose brightly colored foods over “whites”. Set regular meal times, and create a social aspect around meals.  Reduce portion sizes. A smaller plate can be more attractive and easier to handle.  If time pressures, transportation or mobility are issues, consider grocery delivery services. Online services allow you fill your cart from home and have the food delivered to your door. (Many offer organic food products.)  If you prefer to choose your own produce, some stores offer home delivery. In many communities, cooked meal delivery and other services are available. Learn more about Meals on Wheels, and related organizations offering seniors’ meals with a social component, across Canada at http://www.mealcall.org/canada/index.htm   Vol.2, No. 5; © ElderWise Inc. 2006 You have permission to reprint this or any other ElderWise INFO articles, provided you reproduce it in its entirety, acknowledge our copyright, and include the following statement: Originally published by ElderWise Inc., Canada’s go-to place for “age-smart” planning.  Visit us at http://elderwise.memwebs.com and subscribe to our...

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Aging Well: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Uncategorized |

No known substance can extend life, but we can improve our chances of staying healthy and living a long time. First, what NOT to do: Here are ten common health care mistakes seniors make, according to the Institute for Health Care Advancement: 1.  Driving when it is no longer safe 2.  Fighting the aging process and its appearance 3.  Failing to discuss intimate health problems with your health care provider 4.  Not understanding what the doctor says about the problem or treatment plan 5.  Disregarding the serious potential of a fall 6.  Not having a system for managing medications 7.  Not having a single primary care physician 8.  Not seeking medication attention when warning signs occur 9.  Not participating in prevention programs 10. Not asking loved ones for help The news isn’t all bad, though. The National Institute on Aging offers its own Top 10 Tips for healthy aging. We have reproduced this list below, and included in parentheses previous ElderWise Info articles covering related topics. Top Ten Tips for Healthy Aging 1. Eat a balanced diet, including five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. (Challenges to Healthy Eating) 2. Exercise regularly. (Osteoporosis and Bone Health, Exercise for Healthy Hearts) 3. Get regular health check-ups. (Why Geriatrics and Gerontology Matter) 4. Don’t smoke (it’s never too late to quit). 5. Practice safety habits at home to prevent falls and fractures. (Safety on the Stairs)  Always wear your seatbelt in a car. 6. Keep up contact with family and friends. Stay active through work, play, and community. (Seniors Who Volunteer) 7. Avoid overexposure to the sun and the cold. (Heat Stroke) 8. If you drink, moderation is the key. When you drink, let someone else drive. (Are you a Safe Driver?) 9. Keep personal and financial records in order to simplify budgeting and investing. Plan long-term housing and money needs. (Long Term Care Planning and Long Term Care Terminology) 10. Keep a positive attitude toward life. Do things that make you happy. (Recording a Life Story, Keys to Enjoying Later Life) Both these lists are great “between the generations” conversation-starters, whether you are in mid-life or a senior. See the related ElderWise Infos for resources and suggestions to bring enhanced health and greater longevity into your life.  Vol.3, No.16 © ElderWise Inc. 2007. You have permission to reprint this or any other ElderWise INFO article, provided you reproduce it in its entirety, acknowledge our copyright, and include the following statement: Originally published by ElderWise, Canada’s go-to place for “age-smart” planning. Visit us at http://elderwise.memwebs.com/ and subscribe to our FREE...

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