Often, the home is where we spend the most amount of time. It is no surprise, then, that it is the most common place for accidents. Take a moment to look around your living area, kitchen and yard to see what small changes you can make to ensure the safety of your family and guests.
Be Alert When Out and About
Be aware of your surroundings. When possible go out with friends or family. Don’t carry lots of cash or credit cards. If a situation makes your feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and leave.
Keep your Living Area Skid Free
Use mats and rugs that have skid-proof backing. Place rubber or non-slip matting in showers and tubs.
Light Your Way
Don’t attempt to feel your way through the dark. Light your way! Use automated lights that turn on when you enter a room. Also, set lights on timers when you are away so you don’t return to a dark house, and the home appears occupied.
Cook with Care
Avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking–fabric can catch fire quickly. Turn pan handles away from the front of the stove. Keep an extinguisher in the kitchen area and have it inspected regularly.
Eating well over 50 and beyond is essential to the mind, body and soul. The rewards of caring for your body include living longer, feeling stronger, a sharp mind and boosted self-esteem. Typically a woman over the age of 50 requires about 1600 calories a day (inactive lifestyle), 1800 calories for a somewhat active lifestyle and about 2000 calories a day for a very active lifestyle. For a man of the same age, 2000 calories for inactive, 22oo-2400 for a somewhat physical lifestyle and 2400-2800 for very active seniors*. Of course, a balanced lifestyle and diet is strongly encouraged and will contribute to a higher quality of life and enhanced independence with age.
Here are a few ways you can make the most out of your shopping experience and get the most
Buy Colorful Fruits and Vegetables
When shopping, spend the majority of your time in the produce section. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Seniors should get at least 5 servings a day of these nutritional superstars. Be sure to focus on the whole fruit rather than juices which tent to have more sugar. Additionally, choose dark, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, broccoli or Swiss chard for an antioxidant rich boost.
Read Nutritional Labels
Take time to read the labels of various products. Often times, sodium levels are higher than one might expect.
Canned and Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
Canned fruits and vegetables offer similar nutritional benefits as their fresh counterparts, sometimes at a reduced cost. Be mindful to choose unsalted or unsweetened varieties when possible.
Keep Nuts and Fiber on Your Grocery List
Almonds and walnuts have shown to help with heart health. Fiber can help lower blood cholesterol, and it keeps you full, which helps you maintain a healthy weight.
Finally, make sure to stay hydrated year round, not just in the hotter months of the year. Challenge yourself to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. As we age, some seniors are prone to dehydration simply because our bodies are less efficient at regulating fluid levels and the innate sense of thirst may not be as sharp.
No matter how healthy your diet, eating the same foods over and over is bound to get boring. Rekindle inspiration by browsing produce at a farmers market, reading a cooking magazine, buying foods or spices you haven’t tried before, or chatting with friends about what they eat. By making variety a priority, you’ll find it easier to get creative with healthy meals.
Caring Home Care has spent over eighteen years building a reputation based on the consistent delivery of superior home health care services. As a licensed Nurse Registry and Home Health Agency (Caring Associates, Inc.), we adhere to standards of excellence defined by the state of Florida through the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA.) Our objective is to provide your loved ones with a quality-assured care tailored to their individual needs. To respect their dignity, we make every effort to allow for as much personal independence as possible.