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Good Nutrition Can Increase a Senior Person’s Lifespan

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“Good Nutrition Can Increase a Senior Person’s Lifespan” published in the Sequoia Senior Independent Solutions E-Newsletter for April 2012.

One of the key ingredients to a high-quality life is good nutrition. This becomes even more important as we age. Getting older doesn’t mean that one has to give up one’s chance at a healthy body.

Good nutrition is one of the cornerstones to living longer and feeling good while traveling on the journey of life. This also means spending less money on health-related expenses over time.

Senior care and good nutrition

  • A recent study published by The Journal of Nutrition shows that eating a healthy diet can attribute to a longer, healthier life. The study found that adoption of recommended dietary behaviors (a healthier diet) was associated with lower mortality in both men and women independent of other lifestyle risk factors. Read full abstract here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2696990.
  • Ashima Kant, a Queens College professor of nutrition, and her colleagues studied data culled from 350,000 men and women about their dietary habits. Kant’s research found that people who more closely followed the USDA Dietary Guidelineshad a lower risk of dying at a younger age.She explained that, “It’s not that you have to do everything [that the dietary guidelines recommend] to have any health benefits.” But the research shows very clearly that risk factors, such as cancer, obesity and heart disease can be lowered by better nutrition.

One factor in unhealthy eating may simply be convenience. Microwaving frozen meals may seem like an easy solution to the daily challenge of meal preparation, but many of these frozen packaged meals are significantly lacking in nutritional value.

One of the services provided by reputable senior care firms is teaching the caregivers the value and art of cooking healthy meals for their elderly clients. Caregivers are trained to know and prepare healthy foods, and how to cook tasty, appealing meals for their clients that will eventually keep them healthy, stable, and strong — often resulting in the senior feeling younger than might be expected at their age!

Are you making good dietary choices?

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senior care nutritionStanton Lawson is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions. Sequoia’s mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families, by providing dependable and affordable in-home care. Sequoia’s focus is to keep you or your loved ones at home and avoid:

  • Loss of friends and possessions
  • Loss of independence and freedom
  • Loss of spirit which is drained by the battles of daily living

Sequoia Senior Solutions, Inc. serves Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Solano, Mendocino, Lake Counties. The main office is located at191 Lynch Creek Way, Suite 102, Petaluma, CA 94954. Email admin@sequoiaseniorsolutions.com  Tel: (707) 763-6600 Fax: (707) 763-6607, www.sequoiaseniorsolutions.com.

 

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  1. When my Dad retired, my Mom changed their large meal to be at lunchtime. That was a smart thing to do and I copied the idea. We’re less active in the evening so light eating works for us.

    After my Dad passed away, my Mom didn’t take care of herself and prepare the meals she did when Dad was alive. It’s tough when seniors live alone. I moved in with Mom about a year after Dad passed away and she has taken to cooking hot meals at lunchtime again. And I reap the benefits. :-) I own my own business and work from home so it forces me to stop and eat healthy, and Mom looks forward to the planning of the meal. A win-win (okay maybe more of a win for me). ;-)

  2. Oh dear, you caught me just as I am polishing off a slice of my chocolate Mother’s Day cake! I imagine it does get more difficult to take the time to prepare healthy meals when your children are out of the house and you are no longer cooking for your whole family. Cooking for just one or two is hard to muster the energy for. I know that if the rest of my family is away, I tend to eat leftovers since they are so easy. I do try to make more than I know we will all eat so that I will have leftovers for lunch or maybe even another meal for several of us. That might be a great way for seniors to eat healthy and make it easier for them or their caregivers. Thank you for the article! ~ Suerae

  3. Stanton Lawson

     /  May 14, 2012

    Cathy, I am glad you mother is eating better now. It is really hard to cook for one or two when you have spent most of your life cooking for many people. It just doesn’t seem like it’s worth the effort. But when you realize that you can increase your lifespan, it adds a needed incentive. Thanks for stopping by, please come visit again.

  4. Stanton Lawson

     /  May 14, 2012

    Suerae, some special occasion cake is all right as long as you eat properly around the cake. It is hard to feel like going to the trouble to make yourself a quality meal when you are alone. Why not add a fresh salad with low calorie dressing to spice up those left overs? Thanks for coming back for a visit. You are always a welcome guest.

  5. Examining our daily food intake is a continuously postponed homework in our home. My wife and I reduced all the fatty stuff and increased the vegetables. Although this is good for a start, we should revise the balance of all the things we eat. Looks like a lot work to do.

  6. Stanton Lawson

     /  May 14, 2012

    Examining daily food intake is a delayed task in most homes, Gustavo. It is most unfortunate that something so important is such hard work that people keep putting it off. You are making progress so good for you and your wife. You are closer than most folks. Thanks for coming to visit.

  7. One thing I heard when my mother went into a rest home was that her food was fresh, better prepared and ready for her at set times. Before she went into the rest home, because of her vision, she was often eating food beyond its expiry dates or just unhealthy. She suffered many health problems as a result.
    While we all need to manage our food intake well, I think it gets harder as memory, eyes and the physical ability to care for oneself slips. Fresh good nutritious food matters to all ages

  8. Stanton Lawson

     /  May 15, 2012

    Roberta, you are absolutely right. Good nutrition is important for all ages. When a person cannot see to these things herself and she has other issues, the best place for her is where she can receive good food and constant care. I know it’s hard to put your mother in the rest home, but it was the right thing to do. I hope she is doing better now that she is in that environment. Thanks for coming to visit and please come back any time.

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