May 11, 2020

How to Help Seniors Struggling with Eating Disorders

Filed under: Meal Planning,Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 9:37 am

By Brooke Chaplan

As people get older, they sometimes develop eating problems based on various medical conditions. Certain medicines can cause people to eat more or less than they should. Health problems with lethargy and dementia, for example, might cause seniors to miss meals or not be able to maintain adequate nutrition. Here are some ways you can help older individuals eat better.

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Most people enjoy a few favorite foods. For some, it might be creamed spinach, and for others, roast chicken. Give the senior a choice of several favorites, and be sure to include nutritious foods or a healthy option. Check with the person or his or her doctor to find out which foods are recommended for someone in the elder’s condition. Even if a favorite is not that healthy, offer it now and then as part of a balanced meal.

Offer Healthy Snacks

Although some seniors do not always eat healthy meals, they sometimes enjoy nutritious snacks, depending on their general physical and dental health. Fresh fruits and veggies with yogurt dip, walnuts or cashews, cheese or peanut butter with whole wheat crackers, and low-fat ice cream may be enjoyable treats that will help to supplement an eating pattern that is not as nutritious or complete as it should be.

Reorganize Dining Times

Seniors’ eating schedules can occasionally get off kilter due to restless sleep, a medical issue, or bathroom issues. If possible, rearrange their dining plan so they can eat the main meal at lunch, for example, or have dinner a little earlier or later than usual. Adjusting meal times can make it easier for seniors to eat when they’re hungry rather than when food is placed before them.

Consult a Professional

Some seniors develop serious eating problems that can lead to a drastic weight change and may even harm their health. When the situation seems to escalate beyond normal, contact the person’s doctor for advice. You might also consult an expert nutritionist about treatment options for eating disorders for an elderly person. Sometimes it becomes necessary to make minor changes to the person’s habits or schedule, and a professional may be able to offer suggestions that will help.

Good nutrition is important for everyone, and especially for older people whose health may be impacted by serious medical conditions or deteriorating immunity. Try tips like these to support a senior’s need for nutrition or contact a professional who can help.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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May 7, 2020

Finding a Senior Community That Can Support You Through Difficult Times

Filed under: Senior Housing — seniorlivingguide @ 10:41 am

Finding Senior Housing

Courtesy of Anita Ginsburg

Being part of a community is not only a valuable part of everyday life, but it can often play an essential role in health and security. When looking to join a senior community for support of this type, here are a few services and features to ask about.

Companionship
Many senior centers provide common areas where members can connect with each other for a variety of reasons. Some just want to have casual conversations during the day while others are eager to have their meals with other members or share special holiday events and community celebrations. Rather than living at home alone, a senior living center is a great way to enjoy the company of others when you wish. Most centers offer shared areas in the facility, like a television room or a meeting room for programs and events.

Social Activities
Many older people are hesitant to do things in public alone. From riding the bus to going shopping, they feel safer and find it more enjoyable to be part of a group. Senior communities typically offer many kinds of social options that include playing board games in the commons area to taking a day trip to a local attraction. Going out to eat or enjoying an afternoon at the park can be shared in pairs or groups that provide social interaction and security. Look for a center that offers activities like this for leisure and relaxation as well as having fun.

Mutual Support
Some community centers provide group transportation or a driver for individual needs, such as going to the doctor or picking up a prescription. This is especially helpful for people who don’t have family members living close by to help. Services like hair styling, nail care, and podiatry are available in some senior communities along with auxiliary services that may be difficult for an older person to access alone. Going with a friend or as part of a group for necessary errands can make the activity a little safer and more enjoyable.

Security
Being around other people is especially helpful for seniors who may have special health conditions or a disability. Some are taking medications that may cause them to feel dizzy unexpectedly at times. Others may notice when this happens and can call for help if needed. Managerial monitoring also provides oversight to elders who need it.

If you or a senior you know is going through a tough time, look for a senior community that can provide the services you need to make life more secure and enjoyable.

Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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