Senior Care at Home and Happy Healthy Halloween

Even though we are older than school-aged children and it seems we should stick to passing out the candy instead of trick-or-treating, it doesn’t mean we can’t get into the Halloween spirit!  The holiday most widely known for sugary treats and candy will be here in just a few short days.  Halloween is a fun day to dress up and indulge in candy and sweets.  While these delectable treats are tasty, they aren’t always the healthiest choice for a snack; especially for an elderly person who may be coping with health issues such as diabetes. 

There’s no reason to believe that a healthy holiday treat will be tasteless or boring.  There are many ways to make a traditional holiday treat better for you.  You could substitute unrefined whole wheat pastry flour, natural sweeteners, and nutrient-packed ingredients such as heart-healthy nuts, dried fruits and 60 percent dark chocolate to your tasty holiday treats.   Many recipes allow for a substitution of olive or canola oil in place of fatty butter. 

Great party foods are simple and usually don’t require utensils.  The more finger foods you prepare the better.  Small ghost-shaped sandwiches, pizza bites and other smaller food items are great options for snacking at the party.   Little tangerines or clementine oranges can be made into tiny pumpkins.  Just cut up some celery to add a stem and a food-safe marker to draw a jack-o-lantern.  This Halloween treat is not only adorable, but also packed in nutrients and vitamins that help protect eye sight and heart health.  Caramel apples are a traditional treat during fall at Halloween.  Instead of the sticky covering, try substituting dark chocolate which is rich in antioxidants.  Foods high in antioxidants can help to prevent heart attacks and stroke.  After dipping in melted dark chocolate chips, add some yummy decorations such as crushed nuts.  A vegetable tray will come in handy to balance out the sugary foods. 

It’s officially time to carve the pumpkins and prepare the apple cider.  Dashes of orange are spotted in decorations throughout neighborhoods.  Some spookier decorative items such as ghosts and skeletons have made their appearance on doorsteps as well.  While Halloween is mainly viewed as a child’s holiday made for dressing up and gathering candy, there’s no reason to believe that adults can’t have any fun.

Halloween has always been a fun way to dress up and show off a creative side.  Many like to get into the festive spirit and get spooky, funny and original.  While the holiday is usually most known for children trick-or-treating door-to-door, Halloween doesn’t have to be just for kids.

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home elderly care and the many benefits of professional senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Clearwater to speak to a senior care specialist today 727-210-1414!   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. Senior Helpers of Clearwater provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, peace of mind visits and so much more to all areas of Largo, Seminole, and St. Petersburg.

 




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