April Newsletter

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We are the extended family when the family can’t be there. Our goal is to make life easier by delivering the same exceptional care we would expect for ourselves and our families. We will provide services to support any individual wherever they call home.

Caring Corner 

5 Reasons Why Seniors Should Care About Proper Nutrition

 By Vicki Crow

You already know that a nutritious diet leads to weight loss or maintenance, but the benefits go beyond numbers on a scale. As a senior, the right foods can do so much good to your body and mind. You may think it’s too late for proper nutrition to make a difference, but improving your diet allows you to reap the following rewards.

 

  1. It Reduces the Likelihood of Disease

Laughter may be the best medicine, but a balanced diet is the best preventive measure against sickness. Fruits and vegetables contain powerful nutrients that can greatly lower your chances of developing diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. If you already have a medical issue, following the recommended nutrition plan can manage, reduce, or in some cases even cure the illness.

 

  1. It Protects Your Heart

What you eat affects the performance of your heart. Healthy foods, such as those high in potassium or fiber, keep you at normal ranges for blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

  1. It Improves Cognitive Performance

It’s no secret that age decreases cognitive ability. Nutritious food can boost memory, focus, and problem-solving. Avoid saturated and trans fats and increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B for the greatest benefits.

 

  1. It Gives You More Energy

Eating right gives your body the necessary fuel to function optimally and feel energetic. Food affects your quality of sleep, too, and getting restful sleep will also lead to you having more energy.

 

  1. It Lifts Your Mood

Food also has an impact on your mental health. Your gastrointestinal tract produces almost all your body’s serotonin, a chemical messenger that plays a role in your moods. Therefore, a gut full of good bacteria and that works properly results in balanced emotions.

 

What Foods Should Seniors Eat?

A healthy diet is only helpful if you know what food it comprises. For seniors, it should include:

 

  • Blueberries: They contain antioxidants and manganese. Eat them as a snack or in oatmeal, cereal, and salad.
  • Greek yogurt: Get your calcium and protein in low-fat, low-sugar Greek yogurt. You can add in fruit, put it in smoothies, or use it as a substitute for sour cream.
  • Greens: Dark leafy greens, broccoli, and asparagus are good choices and easy to prepare.
  • Quinoa: A complete protein, quinoa is also gluten free and packed with vitamins and minerals. It can be serve as a dinner side or a hot cereal for breakfast.

 

For more nutritious food and ways to include it in your daily eating, the professional caregivers at Home Helpers of Walnutport can offer guidance. Learn more about the other caregiving services we provide.

The Top 5 Foods Seniors Should Be Eating for Better Health

 By Vicki Crow 

Superfoods are like superheroes: strong and powerful rescuers of your health. When you’re a senior, you need all the extra help you can get to stay healthy. That’s why the caregiving team at Home Helpers of Walnutport has put together this list of foods seniors should be eating. Some items are familiar favorites, whereas others will soon be.

 

  1. Apples

It may be that the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true. The soluble fiber in apples can lower your blood sugar levels and cholesterol. They also contain potassium, a necessary mineral for hearth health. Other good fruits are pears and blueberries.

 

  1. Butternut Squash

This type of squash is a powerhouse of nutrients: beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. It’s also completely free of fat and sodium. While soup may be the most common way to prepare it, you can also roast it with herbs, mash it to eat as a side or mixed into pasta, or cube and cook it with meat or other super vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus.

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao boosts the functioning of your heart and brain. If you have a sweet tooth, dark chocolate may taste too bitter, so slowly work your way up it. Soon, you’ll find candy bars too sweet and a small block of dark chocolate satisfying.

 

  1. Oatmeal

This whole grain is high in fiber that promote digestive and heart health. Oatmeal also keeps you full longer, so you don’t eat as much and can lose or maintain weight. Liven up your morning bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and spices. Limit how much sweetener you use. Not a hot cereal fan? Add oatmeal to muffins or pancakes, substitute it for bread crumbs in meatloaf or burgers, or use it as breading for chicken. Another grain you could try instead is quinoa.

 

  1. Salmon

Salmon is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which you need for optimal brain performance and heart protection. Choose wild-caught salmon for the least fat, calories, and pollutants. Cook it in olive oil or drizzle some oil on top for the added benefits of this healthy fat.

 

Strengthen Your Health Even More

 

These are only a few of the numerous foods that can enhance your physical and mental health. The key is to eat lots of different types of fruits and vegetables, avoid refined sugar and saturated fats, and consume as much whole, unprocessed food as possible. This may seem challenging to do, so check out our blog for more tips on how to eat nutritiously and take care of your body in other ways.

Caregiver Central 

We would like to wish a Happy Birthday to the following staff members, we hope you have an awesome day.

Jen Weeks

Ann Marie Ross

Luz Encarnacion

The following team members are celebrating work anniversaries this month we would like to thank them for all they do for our clients.

Ashlee Hockenbury            1 Year

Barb Scully                           1 Year

Cat Green                             1 Year

Donna Johnson                    1 Year

Kim Snook                            1 Year

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