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Food and Caregiving
Encourage your Loved One to Eat Fully and Healthily
For the month of August, ElderCare would like to talk to you about food. Caring for an aging loved one involves a lot different responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is making sure your loved one is well-nourished. Today, we want to go over some of the challenges you might encounter when preparing food for your loved one to eat. Being aware of brain and heart healthy foods is tremendously important to maintain health and energy.
What are Some Challenges?
Our Digestive Systems Become Less Efficient with Age
With age, important digestive enzymes in our gut are secreted in reduced amount. Without these enzymes, our ability to break down various nutrients would be impossible. As we age, our bodies become less efficient, and in the case of digestion, our bodies may not absorb all of the necessary ingredients it needs. Ensuring that your loved one has enough to eat and that he or she is eating is important to keep in mind. Additionally, asking a doctor or health professional about digestive supplements may be necessary if your loved one is experiencing digestive problems like abdominal pain, problems with elimination, and/or fatigue. Only a doctor can diagnose digestive problems, so be sure to have their approval before trying any supplements.
As with digestion, our bodies become less able to absorb and retain water. Keeping in mind the daily amount of fluids your loved one consumes can be lifesaving. Try to keep your favorite drinks around the house in order to help encourage your loved one to stay hydrated. Water is always the ideal option, but other drinks like juice can work, as well. If you resort to other kinds of drinks, keep in mind any pre-existing health conditions like diabetes when consuming sugary drinks. In other words, there are many ways to keep hydrated, but water is always the best option if your loved one is open to drinking just water. Foods can also be hydrating, like cucumbers, tomatoes, and watermelons.
Reductions in Eating
There are several reasons why your loved one may not eat as much and often as they used to. These reasons can be related to a decreased urge to eat to side-effects of certain medications. Other reasons can be caused by your loved one's inability to cook for him or herself. To help your loved one stay nourished, be sure that they are provided at least three wholesome meals per day and encourage them to eat. You can do this by either cooking for them, having an aide help, or receiving help from an external food provider. Make sure meals are appealing to the eye and easily chewable. Encourage them to eat by sitting with them for at least one meal out of the day. And if there are any underlying health problems, always seek the advice from a physician to help solve more complicated situations.
Yes, eating healthy is a challenge. This practice takes constant effort and planning. If you are a family caregiver, it may be even harder because you are concerned about somebody else's diet and not just your own. In this month's Newsletter, ElderCare will post a link to our blog discussing brain healthy foods in more detail. However, know that eating healthy really boils down to avoiding foods that are high in trans fat (like fried foods), simple sugars (like sodas and candies), and heavily processed foods (like pre-packaged meals containing preservatives).
Food, Glorious Food
Many people underestimate the importance of a healthy diet, especially if life is busy. ElderCare wants to make sure you are prepared and have the appropriate resources within reach. If you have any questions please call us at 561-585-0400 or visit our website!
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If you're a family caregiver or if a loved one in your family has dementia, then you are likely familiar with the devastating toll a degenerative neurological disorder can take on someone wellbeing. Although there is only so much you can do to take preventative measures against these kinds of disorders, there are other ways to prepare for your life ahead.
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Transportation and Caregiving
How to Help Your Loved One Move Safely
Tips on Transportation
Things to Consider when Moving Your Loved One
Moving, in this article, refers to any kind of transportation that you or your loved one must perform to get from point A to point B. This can be moving across the house, across the town, or across the country. Normally, big moves across the country are not typical, but it is always good to know how you can prepare to transfer your aging loved one. Additionally, if your loved one is immobile, then you should know proper techniques to transfer your loved one between different surfaces and devices.
Tips for Mobility
- Make sure you plan out your transfer and have everything you need ready to go
- Make sure the floor and/or your shoes are not slippery
- Communicate to your loved one that you are transferring
- Lift with your legs while keeping your back straight, in other words don't round your back to lift as this could result in injury
- Don't twist your body, but use your feet to pivot in a different direction
- Enlist help if you cannot lift your loved one on your own
If your loved one has a wheelchair:
- When you transfer your loved one, you should lock the brakes so the chair does not move
- Move the footrests out of the way
- When your loved one is in the chair, adjust foot pedals so their legs are at 90 degrees
- Assist your loved one position their legs comfortably once their seated
- The wheelchair should be pulled backwards when going over bumps
If your loved one moves with a walker, they should:
- Grip the walker with both hands when stepping forward
- Only move the walker the length of one step at a time
If your loved one walks with a cane, they should remember:
- To hold the cane with the hand on their "good" side
- Take a step with the weaker leg and move the cane at the same time
- Lean on the cane when moving the strong leg forward
- Always step with the cane and weaker leg first when encountering stairs
- Don't move the cane too far ahead of you
Ensuring that your loved one is safe during transportation is crucial for their physical health. It also preserves a sense of independence that they are able to go places, even if they are having some assistance. If you have any more questions, then please call 888-285-0093 or visit our
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Food to Help Your Joints
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As we age, some of us may experience pain in our joints. Sometimes this pain may result from arthritis, also called joint inflammation. Although you may be able to alleviate this kind of pain with certain medications, there are also foods you can eat to help promote healthy joints. On the other hand, there are also certain foods that you could be eating that contribute to joint inflammation. In this blog, we will suggest some foods that contribute to joint health while also suggesting some foods to avoid. [. . .]
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Caring for someone that has Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment is hard. These support groups are attended by caregivers who are struggling with all kinds of different challenges and emotions.
ElderCare at Home in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, facilitates more than 17 Caregiver Support Groups throughout the Palm Beach County area (Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Boca Raton)
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