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Living Assistance and Healthy Eating for Seniors

Apr 6, 2017 by Anonymous

Seniors often have a number of health and digestive problems that can place restrictions on their diet and food intake. They lack appetite and can’t consume as much as they need to remain strong and healthy. That’s one of the reasons why living assistance professionals must device a good plan and help seniors remain on a nutritious and steady diet. 

Seniors don’t always keep track of their food intake and can forget to take meals. Here are some concerns living assistance professionals take into consideration when they plan a meal for seniors. 

1. Health Problems

If seniors have health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc, they need to be careful with their diet. Their meals should be nutritious but low on trans fats, processed sugars, calories, saturated fats, sodium, etc. The living assistance professional will look at their general state of health and determine a healthy eating plan for people under their care. 

If the seniors are responsible for their meals, they might cheat more often and consume food items that are harmful for them when consumed in excess. For example, a person with high blood pressure who has been denied excess sodium might be more tempted to consume salt-laden foods. A professional caregiver will help seniors stay on track and follow a meal plan that will have a positive impact on their health. 

2. Medications 

Some medications react adversely to certain food items. Seniors need a specialized diet plan if they consume a number of medicines and supplements on a daily basis. For example, warfarin, which helps prevent blood clots, is less effective if you consume before or after you consume grapefruit. 

Living assistance professionals will take careful note of all the medications and supplements seniors consume. They’ll also consider the instructions provided by doctors and other medical professional before they create a meal plan that can help the seniors remain healthy and active. 

3. Calories 

Elderly individuals don’t need as many calories per day as young people. They are less energetic, tend to lose muscle mass over time, and their metabolism slows down over time. This means their body demands fewer calories per day. It’s important to keep this in mind because excessive calories can cause health problems down the line. 

Living assistance professionals make it a point to ensure their senior charges receive a healthy and nutritious meal regularly. 

Comfort Keepers of Metairie, LA offers at home care services to seniors in: Metairie, Kenner and the surrounding area of Western New Orleans.

 

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