Nutrition

Here are 9 things that can help improve nutrition for people who have Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, or who are just struggling with eating well. Always remember to consult a doctor before changing your diet!

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When most people think of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, they usually think low-fat. While it's important to not overindulge in fatty foods, too much sugar can be harmful as well.

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Providers of senior care services have a responsibility to their patients to help maintain their health through a variety of means.

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Many people enjoy a snack before bed, but does this negatively impact their health? Eating something a couple of hours before bed could reduce the chances of an individual waking from hunger, helping them sleep better. However, choosing an option high in sugar, sodium or fat could increase the chances of weight gain, so it's best to stick to nutritious snacks.

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As the saying goes “You are what you eat”. For those of us who provide care to others, we know that nutrition is an important part of sustained health, recovery and overall wellness.

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Cancer treatment comes with a variety of undesirable side effects, and many of them impact how a patient eats. Whether it's due to a loss of appetite or nausea, it can be difficult for care providers to make sure their clients are receiving the nutrition they need while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment. This can be challenging, but certain foods can make all the difference.

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It's no secret that eating nutritious foods can lower the risk of certain diseases, and researchers have discovered how yogurt in particular offers some unique health benefits.

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Older adults need to pay more attention to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and other factors that can increase the risk of heart disease. An excellent way to keep these health issues in check is to alter a diet, which senior care services can assist patients with through grocery shopping and meal preparation.

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Whole grains are an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet, and senior care servicescan ensure that patients get the recommended amount by assisting with grocery shopping and meal preparation.

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A study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that caffeine can improve focus and attention as well as short-term memory.

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There are a number of superfoods out there for your loved one to eat in order to help them live a longer, healthier life.

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If you want to stay healthy, what you put in your body plays a major role. Aside from getting plenty of water and exercise, you can add some immunity-boosting foods to your diet. 

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If you want to add whole grains to your diet, consider these six choices to give you optimum health benefits and possibly even reduce your risk of cancer. 

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Keeping your brain on top of its game and healthy is important for aging adults. While at-home senior care can help with incorporating the right foods into you or your loved one's diet, it's good to know what foods will benefit the brain.

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Fish have long been recognized as one of the healthiest foods for seniors thanks in large part to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, and now new research from the Harvard School of Public Health sheds light on just how true that is. Scientists discovered that adults 65 and older who had more fish such as salmon and albacore tuna in their diet increased their lifespan by an average of 2.2 years. 

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Fish have long been recognized as one of the healthiest foods for seniors thanks in large part to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, and now new research from the Harvard School of Public Health sheds light on just how true that is. Scientists discovered that adults 65 and older who had more fish such as salmon and albacore tuna in their diet increased their lifespan by an average of 2.2 years. 

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March is recognized as National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and it serves as a good time for home care providers alike to re-evaluate what their clients are eating. Healthy eating is an important part of elderly individuals’ well-being, and there are a few things senior caregivers should focus on when devising meals for their patients. 

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As a family caregiver, you think beyond your own needs and put the welfare of your loved one above your own. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we commend your daily selflessness, and want to provide you with the tools you need to have a healthy and happy life in 2012.

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There’s always a better way to eat, and taking sugar and preservatives out of your diet is a great start! 

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For seniors, one of the most beneficial dietary changes that can be made is consuming lower amounts of sodium. This may come as a surprise to some people, since sodium is so common to us. At the most basic level, salt is on virtually every table in our restaurants, diners, and even our own kitchens. How could something so common cause us or our loved ones damage? 

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Studies show that around 27% of seniors in America are eating less protein than they should in order to maintain good physical health[1]. This statistic is particularly troubling because as people age their physical need for protein grows. 

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In the age of fast food and busy life styles, well-rounded nutrition is a difficult thing for almost anyone to achieve. It’s much easier to go through a drive-through on the way home than it is to prepare a home-cooked, well-balanced meal for you and your family. The temptation to skimp on nutritional food choices is obvious in younger and even middle generations, so where does that leave those who are more advanced in years? 

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