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The role nutrition plays in overall health for seniors is something that is widely known.

By ensuring that your aging loved one is getting the right nutrients and proper amount of meals in daily, you are helping minimize the risks often brought on by dehydration and improper nutrition.

Nutritional Tips for Older Adults

There are many nutrients that can be beneficial for seniors, not to mention necessary for optimal health.

These include:

  • Calcium and vitamin D. Both help maintain bone health, and it is suggested to have three servings of calcium-rich foods and beverages each day.
  • Fats. The right kind of fats are found in things like nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil and fish.
  • Fiber. This can help lower risk for heart disease and help prevent Type 2 diabetes, as well as prevent constipation.
  • Potassium. By increasing potassium and reducing sodium intake, there can be a lower risk of high blood pressure. Instead of using salt, try flavoring foods with herbs and spices.
  • Vitamin B12. It’s not uncommon for those 50 and older to not get enough B12, but this can be helped through things like fortified cereals and fruit juices, dark green leafy vegetables and milk.

Choosemyplate.gov can serve as an excellent resource to ensure your aging loved one’s nutritional needs are being met through his or her daily meals.

Tasty Meal Ideas

Unsure about what types of meals can help provide the nutrients your loved one needs while also being easy to make? There are many excellent suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner that will prove simple and delicious:

Breakfast:

  • Warm oatmeal and berries
  • Hard-boiled egg with a side of fruit and a slice of whole-wheat toast
  • Yogurt parfait
  • Whole-grain pancakes

Lunch:

  • Quinoa salad
  • Salmon wrap made from canned boneless skinless salmon placed on a whole-grain wrap with avocado, tomatoes, greens and plain yogurt
  • Southwest omelet (ideal for breakfast or lunch)

Dinner:

  • Southwest chicken salad, made from boneless, skinless chicken breast that is cooked on a skillet with salsa
  • Shrimp and fresh greens, made with sautéed fresh veggies and cocktail shrimp that has been bought already peeled, cooked and chilled
  • Beans and rice

Cooking can be made easier by taking the time to sit down and making a meal plan for the week with your loved one, being sure to write everything down.

You can make it a family meal prep activity and help prepare a week of meals so all that is needed is to remove things from the fridge and simply eat or heat up and eat. Most importantly, be sure to vary up the menu items from time to time to make sure boredom doesn’t pop up.

Making sure that your aging loved one is getting the nutritional meals he or she needs doesn’t have to be a concern with the in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Princeton. If you would like to learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us and get the conversation started.

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to embark on some spring-cleaning tasks.

Think age will minimize the need for spring-cleaning? It’s time to think again! There are plenty of ways seniors can participate in the spring-cleaning process.

Simple Cleaning Tips

One of the first goals of spring-cleaning can be going through and getting rid of clutter in the home. Organizing the clutter will not only help the home look better, but it is also beneficial for safety, as items that are scattered about could increase fall risk.

Are there piles of stuff throughout the house? It doesn’t matter if those piles are organized, there’s no time like the present to sort through them and decide what you still need and what can go.

Remember, if it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s likely that the item can be thrown out, donated or sold. This includes things like clothes, decorations, bedding and home décor.

The medicine cabinet is another part of the home that could benefit from a bit of spring-cleaning. There are many drug take-back days sponsored by various government agencies, including local, and also many online resources that can help you know how to properly dispose of medications.

If getting to a drug take-back day is difficult, your loved one can crush and pour pills/capsules into a sealable bag. That bag can then be filled with unappetizing materials like kitty litter, coffee grounds or dirt before being disposed of. You should also remove the identifiable information on the bottles/packaging to help keep medical information private.

Another spring-cleaning idea is organizing important documents.

This task can be a family job, as it should include important financial, health and other legal documents. Knowing how to quickly find and access your loved one’s info, such as a durable power of attorney or advanced health care directive, is vital and something that can help reduce stress and streamline the process in many scenarios.

Most importantly, any senior who is starting the spring-cleaning process should know and recognize his or her limits. Some of the tasks may be difficult to pull off alone or could pose a risk of injury. There’s no shame in asking for help from family or utilizing in-home services.

Executive Care of Princeton can provide assistance through a variety of in-home care services, including those that help your loved one with tasks around the house. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the services we offer!

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