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The Importance of Nutrition to Your Aging Loved One

Keeping up with a healthy diet can be difficult, especially for an elderly person who already has health problems that make it more difficult for them to eat, or that affect their personality and make them refuse to eat at all.

Senior Care in Danville CA: The Importance of Nutrition

Senior Care in Danville CA: The Importance of Nutrition

However, a healthy, nutritious diet is important for anyone, at any age, and the importance only goes up when the person grows older. Healthy foods don’t just help keep your aging loved one in shape, they help them to combat illness as well. A healthy body is one that has the energy and the nutrients to fight off infection, and you can’t have those things if your loved one eats only junk food, or worse, no food at all.

You and your loved one’s senior care aide should make nutrition a top priority when caring for your loved one. Here are some of the reasons why.

  • Fight off illness. While you can’t blame a poor diet for every illness, most doctors agree that malnutrition is just opening the door for an illness to come in. And, if someone is malnourished or obese, their body can’t fight off that illness nearly as well as it could if the person were healthier. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and grains, can go a long way toward fighting disease.
  • Stay fit. It is tough to get around if your body is not nourished and strong. Mobility problems can only be exacerbated by the problems that come with bad health due to a poor diet. Muscles are weaker, they may feel dizzy… in other words, an unfit body feels weak, and as if it is working against you. If, on the other hand, your loved one sticks to a healthier diet, they will feel more energized. This, in addition to exercise, can help them to stay fit and vibrant.
  • Fight obesity. Obesity is a common problem in seniors with mobility issues. It’s tough for them to move around, so they may embrace the sedentary lifestyle. This lifestyle of bad food and little to no physical activity can lead to them becoming overweight, and this will not help them in the slightest when managing their other health problems. Good nutrition, however, can be the first step toward correcting this issue, and perhaps even helping with others.
  • Mental health. Many studies have shown a link between diet and mental disorders like anxiety and depression. If you eat a poor diet with few nutrients, you will feel poorly on a mental level, because your brain is not getting the fuel it needs to be strong and to keep you in a good mood. Diet can also help in the treatment of some disorders such as dementia, because a healthy brain and body can help to delay its progression.

At the end of the day, though, there is only one thing you need to know to convince you to have your aging loved one eat healthier: they will feel better. You can’t feel good if you don’t get enough nutrients, so make sure that you and your senior care aide help your loved one to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Danville, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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