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Most of us associate the need for vitamin C with cold and flu season. It pumps up the immune system, helping fight off some types of viruses. But vitamin C does so much more than prevent colds.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important at every age. It helps prevent heart disease, builds core strength, maintains joint health, and more. While many people associate weight management with losing weight, for some seniors it can actually mean putting on a few pounds.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four deaths is due to a heart-related condition. While some heart problems are the result of genetic risk factors, others are related to lifestyle choices.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for optimum health. Unfortunately, many older adults are at increased risk of deficiencies for many reasons. A leading cause is that the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients decreases with age. It can put the senior at risk for illnesses such as osteoporosis, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and even some forms of cancer.
One struggle older adults who live alone face is cooking healthy meals for one person. Many lack the motivation to spend time in the kitchen when they are the only person eating. Others who have given up driving have difficulty making frequent trips to the grocery store to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
The holidays can be a challenging time of year for seniors who have type 2 diabetes. Holiday parties and a busy schedule often make it difficult to stick to a well-balanced diet and fitness routine.
The holidays are busy for everyone, but they are especially so for family caregivers. Finding ways to accomplish tasks quickly and without a lot of fuss can help caregivers navigate the holiday rush. That may include adapting some holiday traditions, such as changing a formal sit-down dinner to a cocktail party, to make the season easier to manage.
Thanksgiving is typically a day to pause and give thanks for life’s many blessings. Many older adults gather with friends and family to enjoy a traditional meal. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the holiday’s traditional menu choices aren’t very healthy.