Eating properly is especially important as you age, but due to a variety of factors it can be more difficult to get the nutrients your body needs. The good news is, there are simple measures seniors can take to make sure nutritional challenges don’t affect their overall health and well being.
Caring for aging parents can be both purposeful and stressful. While you want to be there for your loved ones, many family caregivers can feel like they’re being robbed of their own life experiences. Sometimes, this can even cause ill will toward your parents and other siblings. The following tips can help you care for your aging parents while lessening the emotional toll and inherent stress.
Dehydration is an excess loss of water that disrupts the body’s normal functions. It takes place when someone loses more fluids than they take in. For many elderly people, chronic dehydration is a major concern that can lead to hospitalization and health issues. Generally speaking, humans can only survive for 4 days without water.
When mom is dealing with dementia, it’s difficult for everyone. This mother’s day, what can you get for someone struggling with memory issues? Fortunately, there are lots of meaningful gift ideas your mom is sure to enjoy. Some of these gifts even allow you to connect with your loved one affected by dementia more easily.
If you have certain medical conditions or are recovering from surgery, your doctor may recommend a mechanical soft or soft foods diet. While these two eating plans sound similar, they’re actually quite different in terms of what foods are allowed and what they’re prescribed for. In this article we’ll discuss the differences between these two oft-prescribed diets.
Everyone has that one food they can’t stand. Whatever it is, it’s probably because you don’t care for the taste, not because it’s harmful for you to eat it. However, there are many foods in your local grocery store that ARE very unhealthy, and should be avoided whenever possible. Here are 5 foods to never buy at the grocery store.
Nutritional and dietary supplements used to make you think of just vitamins and minerals. But nowadays, there are a lot of big businesses selling supplements with amino acids, hormones, herbs, vitamins, and minerals. These supplements can be added to seniors’ diets in some cases to prevent various health problems, and can be beneficial because seniors are especially susceptible to dietary deficiencies because their bodies aren’t as efficient at absorbing nutrients.
Hiring a chef for your next dinner party is a great way to ensure you and your guests will enjoy an amazing meal! Entertaining a crowd, even a small group for that matter, can be stressful and not having to worry about cooking can be a huge weight off your shoulders. In this post we’ll discuss how to find a local chef to help with your next dinner party.
The DASH diet (Dietary Approach to Stopping Hypertension) has been consistently rated the #1 diet by US News & World Report for the last 6 years. Different than the fad diets that promise dramatic weight loss, the DASH diet is based on sound nutrition principles that everyone should follow. At Chefs For Seniors, we use the DASH diet principles to come up with a lot of our weekly menu items!
For every eating plan based on fundamental nutrition principles, like the DASH diet, there are numerous “fad diets” out there. Many involve severely restricting caloric intake, eating at strange times of the day, or loading up on a supposed miracle food. The main reason so many people try various fad diets is because many dieters want immediate results, and it’s tempting to fall under the spell of the unbelievable before and after photos.
For most people, a home is a warm place associated with lots of memories, being independent, and feeling secure. It’s only natural for those feelings to make remaining in their homes an important priority for many seniors as the years advance. Caregiving assistance and electronic devices have made it possible for more seniors than ever before to remain in their homes rather than enter an assisted living arrangement. However, living alone isn’t without risks. Taking advantage of these tips can make it much safer for the elderly.
Most people in the US consume more sodium than they should, which can sometimes lead to health problems such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Whether your doctor has instructed you to follow a low sodium diet or you’re looking to cut back as a preventative health measure, here’s a list of low sodium foods to reference the next time you visit the grocery store.
Many people believe that foods high in fat are bad for you. And for certain foods, that’s absolutely true. Saturated fats and trans fats should be avoided, and excess consumption can increase your risk for heart disease and diabetes. However, there are also a number of fats that are very good for you. For example, one of the primary components of the Mediterranean Diet (consistently ranked one of the top diets by US News & World Report) is healthy fats.