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Encouraging Healthier Eating Habits with In Home Senior Care

Encouraging Healthier Eating Habits with In Home Senior Care

What’s a better way to welcome warmer spring weather than by getting out and gardening?  Gardening is a great way to spend quality time with the great outdoors as well as beautifying your aging loved one’s home and yard.  Planting flower or vegetable seeds is a quick and easy way to get your aging loved ones involved and provide them with a sense of accomplishment.  Gathering fresh items from the garden is also a great way to encourage a loved one to eat healthier as well!

Another option for encouraging healthier eating is to shop local at farmers’ markets in Santa Barbara or nearby areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.  Keeping foods fresh and delivered from nearby means less processing and guarantees better taste.  Fresh fruits and veggies always taste better than canned or frozen.  If transportation for an elderly loved one to these markets is difficult, call on a compassionate and dependable caregiver from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara.

As we age, the foods we eat can have a greater impact on health, and are very important for resisting illness and encourage faster recuperation times.   The better we eat, the better we feel, and this can improve emotional wellness and overall sense of wellbeing. 

Cleaner eating includes green leafy vegetables, brightly colored fruits and many kinds of nuts that are loaded with important fatty acids that reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and will help to sharpen the mind.  Some green teas have also been proven to enhance memory as we age.  Fruits provide the daily fiber and many vitamins needed on a daily basis.  It is important to eat our vegetables fresh, sautéed or steamed.  Boiling removes many nutrients and we lose the benefits. 

Lunch and dinner time are great for adding salads and lean protein to your diet.  If your family loves mashed potatoes, add in some cooked cauliflowers for some nutrients they won’t even detect.   Whole grain pasta and tortillas are great switches for spaghetti and taco night.  When grilling up a burger, switch to ground turkey when possible.  Save the bun and wrap with lettuce.  Choose lower sodium and heart healthy options whenever possible.  The changes that encourage your family to eat smarter can be small and can create great impact.

Spring is on its way and with it comes blooming flowers and fresh beginnings.  This is the time of year to reevaluate how we eat and fuel our bodies.  Living healthfully can be achieved with simple changes such encouraging your family to eat smarter and cleaner.

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional in-home senior care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777!   In home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. When you and your family are considering the many options available to help your elderly loved one cope with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease, look to Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, to make a customized care plan complete with Senior Gems geared to their ability level.  Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara proudly offers in home senior care to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.  Services are available on a long- or short-term basis with no contract to sign and flexibility in scheduling.  Call 805-687-7777 today to learn more about productive activities to help your elderly loved one to find a sense of value and purpose in their life.