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3 Ways to Approach a Senior’s Eating Habits

3 Ways to Approach a Senior's Eating Habits

We’ve already talked about eating disorders affecting seniors, but it’s good to talk about eating habits in general. As mentioned before, eating disorders and eating problems are not the same thing, even if they have the same end result. Here are 3 ways to approach a senior’s eating habits.

3 Ways to Approach a Senior's Eating Habits

3 Ways to Approach a Senior’s Eating Habits

 

Sometimes, approaching your beloved senior about their eating habits can be hard. Consider these 3 tips from experts.

1. Don’t Jump to Conclusions

It’s important to not assume that a senior is experiencing an eating disorder if they aren’t eating a lot. Sometimes when they are struggling to eat, it could have a underlying medical cause.

Medication side effects, dull taste buds, physical limitations, economic barriers, dementia, and depression all make eating harder.

Some adults also naturally eat less as they become less active, which can be a healthy and an effective weight maintenance strategy.

Also, don’t assume that overweight seniors can’t have eating disorders or nutrition problems.

2. Approach with Care

The best way to figure out the reason for the weight loss is to go to the source. Join the person for a meal and observe potential barriers. This will give you a lot of ideas on what is happening.

They could have a hard time prepping food, disinterest in eating, or fear of being overweight.

Remember that some older adults may be too proud to admit that they don’t have the money or energy to go grocery shopping.

3. Remember That Treatment is Available and Works

Depending on the cause of weight loss, you can teach older adults strategies that can help them. For example, if food doesn’t taste as good as it used to, try playing with different spices. This can make food tasty again.

Some older adults don’t eat well because they are depressed or have dementia. Treating those conditions can lead to improved eating patterns.

If access is the problem, meal delivery services can step in. If physical cooking is more difficult, switching to more premade foods or investing in special tools or other equipment can help.

If it is an eating disorder, get help from a mental health professional through a referral from a primary care doctor or the National Eating Disorders Association.

Treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy can be good for all ages. It can help them learn that their conditions are illnesses, not characters flaws and shift how they view their bodies.

Education about the human body is key too. Many women don’t know that belly fat that tends to emerge around menopause is a protective adaption that helps replace some of the estrogen they are losing.

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Judy’s Video Tip 11: Feed Your Brain!

Judy's Video Tip 11: Feed Your Brain!

March is still National Nutrition Month, and Judy’s video tip 11: Feed Your Brain! focuses on probiotics and prebiotics.

Feed Your Brain!!!

Posted by Seniors Helping Seniors Southern NH & ME on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Judy’s Video Tip 11: Feed Your Brain!

 

Probiotics are the things that create good bacteria in our stomach and foods that are considered as such are bananas, onions, garlic, asparagus, and artichokes. Prebiotics is what preps the stomach to receive the good bacteria. Probiotics include aged cheese, yogurt, pickled foods, and sauerkraut. They work best together.

Check out Judy’s video next week to get recipes to use both types of food in a delicious meal.

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Nursing Home Develops Realistic Pureed Meals

Nursing Home Develops 'Realistic' Pureed Meals

For many older people chewing and swallowing food can be difficult—particularly if they’ve had a stroke or have dementia. As a result some don’t eat enough and they can often begin to lose weight. So a nursing home develops realistic pureed meals for it’s residents.

Nursing Home Develops Realistic Pureed Meals

Nursing Home Develops Realistic Pureed Meals

 

The chef blends everything and then pours into molds so that residents think it is the actual food. What a great idea! See the whole video and story here.

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

This week on “Caring for Seniors,” Rich, Judy discussed the brain and National Nutrition Month. Most people who will develop Alzheimer’s will do so twenty years before symptoms start to show. Plaque and inflammation on the brain is what creates Alzheimer’s and Judy goes over what food you can eat to help lessen the plaque.

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

 

Lifestyle changes can minimize symptoms or even prevent any cognitive abilities from being lost. Diet wise, there is a lot you can do, even just cutting back and not completely cutting out can help.

Sugars, for example, causes a lot of inflammation, so just cutting that down will improve our diet greatly. An a easy way to remember is that what is good for your gut is good for your brain. Red meat, sadly, is not good for your gut and it has a bacteria that can lead to the plaque.

Darker berries like blueberries and raspberries are filled with antioxidants which will help reduced oxidated stress. Oxidated Stress is the things we take into our bodies that we are not prepared to fight and is the build up of those things.

Antioxidants help remove them and fight them. Antioxidants is good for preventing cancer and helping preserve memory. Dark chocolate, sixty percent and up, is also full of antioxidants, helps with blood pressure as well. So people with a sweet tooth can cheer!

Judy’s Video Tip 10: March is National Nutrition Month! Are You Feeding Your Brain?

March is National Nutrition Month! Are You Feeding Your Brain?

It’s never too early or late to improve brain health. March is National Nutrition Month! Are you feeding your brain?

Are you feeding your brain? National Nutrition Month

Posted by Seniors Helping Seniors Southern NH & ME on Sunday, March 5, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month! Are You Feeding Your Brain?

 

We all love to eat right, we love munching on snacks. But what if you can improve more than just your physical health with the right foods?

One factor contributing to memory loss is inflammation in the brain. Refined sugar, this means white sugar, honey, any packaging that say dextrose or maltose sugar, sodas, can cause inflammation not only in the brain but in the body and joints as well.

What you want to do is find food that is anti-inflammatory that way it counterbalances the affects of refined sugar, foods like cinnamon, turmeric, sage, thyme, brown mustard, rosemary, berries, walnuts, almonds and best of all… dark chocolate!

Many of these foods listed have even more benefits than just being anti-inflammatory.

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