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In Home Elderly Care and Nutrition Tips for Seniors

As we age, it becomes more important to watch what we eat.  Empty calories become more useless and cleaner eating is so much better for us.  We all have fond memories of home-cooked meals that our grandparents and parents made for us while we were growing up.  The meals were usually comfort foods like buttery mashed potatoes with gravy, meatloaf, and macaroni loaded with cheese.  While these foods are okay to have every once in a while, they aren’t best for maintaining a healthy lifestyle if eaten on a regular basis.   There are many reasons why it is important to keep track of what your senior loved one is eating throughout the day.  Our elderly loved ones need more Vitamin D and calcium for proper bone health, and Vitamin B12 for brain function.  It is also important to incorporate fiber and healthy fats into their diet.  There are many other ingredients that are necessary for proper health for our senior loved ones.  While it is important that our senior loved ones get these vitamins and nutrients daily, how do we make sure that this is happening?

There are many healthy recipes online that can be easily accessed and implemented for any meal.  Encouraging an elderly loved one to use a healthy twist on familiar comfort foods may receive resistance but can be done with small changes over time.  Why not instead of completely removing these comfort foods from our diet, trying adding a healthy twist to make them better?  One great way to make a delicious childhood staple like macaroni and cheese healthier is to a fresh vegetables to the dish.  Spinach, broccoli, and peas make a great addition.  An even healthier way to cook the meal is to prepare it with whole grain pasta and use low fat cheese. 

 If family does not live closer to an elderly loved one, a caregiver from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara can help with the grocery shopping and meal preparation to help guarantee healthier eating.   There is still a need for peace of mind when it comes to an independent elderly loved one’s health.  In home help from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara makes it possible to keep track of your senior’s diet and makes it possible to rest easy  knowing they are eating well.  A highly trained and compassionate caregiver will be available throughout the day to prepare healthy meals and also provide any necessary medication reminders.  The best way to keep track of your senior’s diet is to have someone there to help prepare fresh meals or provide conversation and company while they eat.

Eating more whole foods, and cleaner, less processed foods are crucial to benefiting health and helps us to also feel a lot better.   Whatever your age, cleaner eating that includes lots of colorful vegetables, lean meats and whole grains will not only help you feel vibrant but will also help ward off chronic illness and will increase energy.   The darker the vegetables and the more colorful the fruit, the more benefits for your health are available. 

It is becoming more common for an elderly loved one to remain independent in their own home and community for as long as possible.  Living in their familiar home environment and staying closer with family and friends in the community is very beneficial for an elderly loved one’s overall sense of mood and wellbeing.  While it is wonderful to know a senior loved one is happy, it also great to know that they are healthy as well.

Caring and consistent in home assisted living from highly trained and compassionate caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara also includes help with senior nutrition super foods for an elderly loved one in all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California. Call 805-687-7777 for more information.  Our friendly staff can also answer any questions about the many benefits of professional live in senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care.   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In home senior care 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.