During this time of year we tend to think more about who and what we are thankful for and personally that leads me to thinking about my purpose in life. We all need our own purpose as without it we do not feel wanted, appreciated, valued, loved or cared for and this can be the case even more so as we age. I have witnessed first hand more times than I can count how elders fear having no purpose which usually stems from isolation in the home.
Maintaining a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits, proteins, and grains is one of the most important things that seniors can do to stay healthy. In addition to continuing to stay active, a healthy diet can help seniors stay as strong and independent as possible.
Keep the following nutrition tips in mind when developing an eating regimen for your senior loved one:
According to the National Council on Aging, one in four seniors in the United States over the age of 65 will fall every year. Not only is it one of the greatest risks for seniors, falling is also the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among those over 65. Should a senior choose to remain at home, their caregivers and families should take the necessary precautions to reduce the chance of the senior falling.