A long summer day, food sizzling on the grill, talking, laughing, eating, kids playing. What could be more perfect? Whenever we have a family barbecue, we bring along my dad. He’s not very mobile these days, but we find him a seat in the shade and he enjoys the food and the atmosphere. He smiles [...]
The hotter the weather, the more we all need to hydrate. This is easier said than done when it comes to the elderly, especially since heat can reduce appetite and the desire to eat hot foods. Older adults lose water as their muscle mass weakens and their kidney function decreases. They also feel less thirsty [...]
The statistics on heart disease in the United States are scary, with heart attack being the most common cause of death in the country. Preventing (and sometimes even reversing) heart disease is possible, and it starts with better nutrition. Here’s how to eat for heart health:
In the past few months, the elderly woman I care for has lost much of her appetite. She eats small amounts and sometimes refuses food altogether. One of my solutions to this problem is to make extremely flavorful meals and to pack as much nutrition as possible in, so what she does eat is healthy and filling.
Foods that promote fitness Fitness is important at every age. Seniors may not be able to do the same type of exercise they did when they were younger, but they can still move their muscles and maintain their health. A seniors' exercise class or a Youtube video with a workout geared for the older generation [...]
There's nothing better than an entire family having fun together. But sometimes the ideal and the vision don't quite match up: the kids are bored and whiny or the adults are uninterested and disruptive. And the elderly are not engaged and end up napping through most of the activity. How do you create family fun [...]
It may come as a surprise to you that today is Fresh Veggies Day. It will, however, not come as a surprise that adding fresh vegetables to an older person's diet can have a huge impact on health. As taste buds decline, seniors are likely to eat fewer foods and may not always make healthy [...]
It's a challenge to find the right gift even when the people you're buying for aren't so close to you. And when you're finding the right gift for your aging parents - and in my case, a couple of grandmothers too! - the challenge is even greater. On one hand, they can't do everything they [...]