Category Archives: Diet and Nutrition for Seniors

Five Health Concerns of Dieting in Your Older Age

Dieting is a way of life for people of all ages. As the dieter ages, there are some additional health concerns for people who are 50 and over. Consequently, it is important for these dieters to make adjustments so that they can accommodate the change in age. Listed below are 5 health concerns of dieting in your older age.

Metabolism Slow Downs

Sometimes people begin to gain weight in different areas on their body and they may not understand why it’s happening. Even when they are eating the same amount of calories each day, the numbers on the scale is moving upward. One of the top reasons for the increase in weight gain is due to the metabolism since it begins to slow down at the age of 25. According to Precision Nutrition, the numbers vary from 5% to 10% per decade. As a result, people over that age of 50 can expect a substantial decrease in their metabolism. To prevent the additional pounds from taking over, it is important for the individual to reduce their caloric intake.

Sedentary life Style

Reducing calories is only part of the solution since a sedentary life style can also present problems. When people are young, they are normally involved in lots of outdoor activities. On the other hand, as everyone grows older, they tend to slow down and spend more time on the inside. To remain healthy, however, it is important for people 50 and over to remain as active as possible. This activity will help to keep the metabolism moving, while also allowing the person to remain agile. Therefore, for those who want to keep their heath in check, they can engage a wide diversity activity from walking in the park to playing tennis, keeping active does not have to be boring. Instead, it can be a time for lots of fun activities.

Osteoporosis

It is important for the over 50 and over dieter to watch what they eliminate from their diets since getting the proper nutrition is one of the keys to remaining healthy. Protecting bone health with an sufficient amount vitamins and nutrients can help to reduce the chances of getting Osteoporosis. Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Calcium, estrogen replacement and phosphates are the nutrients that must be incorporated in any and all diet plans.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is another concern for dieters 50 and over since age is a common factor in this disease. Even though young people can suffer from heart problems, the older group has the potential for more concerns. As a result, 50 and over dieters should eat heart healthy foods like oatmeal, nuts, grains vegetables and Ideal Shape products.

Arthritis

Arthritis is also a condition that can occur at any age, although it is often seen in the 50 and over group. Controlling arthritis by natural means is a choice that many people make. One of the best ways to control the symptoms is to consume foods that reduce inflammation naturally.

Health Tips For Seniors

Post contributed by Mary Christiansen. Mary works as a marketing associate for 1-800-CPAP,  the discount CPAP supplies specialists.

People are living longer now than they did during any other time in history. It is estimated that there will be over 69 million Americans over the age of 65 by the year 2030. This will represent over 20 percent of the total population. While many believe that the most pressing matter dealing with this generation is the impending decisions dealing with social security and Medicare, there is something even more important than this, and that is helping to keep this rising generation as healthy as possible as they age. Here are some health tips to keep in mind when trying to keep you or your aging loved ones both healthy and happy.

Stay Active Doing Something You Enjoy

Probably the most important thing you can do to stay physically healthy is to stay active. Pick activities that you enjoy and try to do at least one of them every single day. While many people might enjoy going on a walk with their significant other or a friend every day, it is not necessarily something that everyone will enjoy. It is also helpful to know that as joints start going bad or just hurt a lot during exercise, it is best to move to something with low impact. The most popular low impact exercises generally take place in the water such including such activities as swimming, walking or jogging the water, or even water aerobics.

Prevent Accidents

Unfortunately, as old age sets in, accidents tend to increase. There are many reasons why this happens, but the most important thing to do is to prevent any potential injuries around your home. Be sure there are no loose carpets or rugs that have up-turned corners. When there are wires or clutter on the ground, keep them out and away from walking paths. Keep hallways lit during the night for higher visibility and also be careful of wet floors, especially in the bathroom.

Stay Social

It can be hard to get out of the house and keep up with friends, but this is an important part of life. Friends help manage stress as well as assist in any changes or transitions that may come through life’s events. Finding humor or seeking comfort is something good friends can provide. Living alone can be tough on anyone mentally. It is helpful to have someone to get you out of the house.

Immunize and Screen

The people who are most vulnerable to sickness and disease are the elderly and the very young. This means you should be sure to keep up to date on immunizations and vaccines that are available. It is also advisable to get a wellness check once a year as well from a regular physician as well as dental, vision, and hearing check-ups. These visits help to catch any problems early on in their development which is when they are easiest to treat.

Manage Stress

Learn to handle the stress that is just part of life through any of the many proven techniques for stress release. For some people, this comes through doing yoga. For others, it comes from regular meditation. Others learn how to think positively and change the way they talk.

Prevent Cancer

In this day and age, the harm that comes from smoking is well known. Not only does it take a toll on your health, but your wallet as well. Improve your physical and monetary quality of life by quitting this habit. Also, as skin ages, it become thinner, drier, and loses elasticity. This all makes it much more vulnerable to the harmful UV rays of the sun, so be sure and protect yourself as much as possible with sunscreen and wearing long sleeves.

Eat Healthy

The other half of exercising is eating well. Make sure you are eating enough food to ensure that all nutritional needs are being met. Many problems occur as a person ages, but many of these problems can be alleviated or improved through diet and exercise, so be sure to pay attention to what you eat.  Avoid fat and sugar and always be sure to get enough calcium and milk. Another thing that is often overlooked is sodium intake because too much sodium increases blood pressure. As you age, the taste buds dull and cannot taste as well. This is why people commonly add salt to their food more as they age.

Maintain A Healthy Weight

When there is more weight to carry around, the harder your joints have to work as well as your organs. The most common problems deal with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. These can be controlled with medications and a CPAP machine, but if you can keep your weight under control, none of these things will be required.

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Senior Care 101: Why is Coffee bad for your health?

While I was trying to place an IV on a senior patient of mine, he asked me whether I was a coffee person. I answered him with a yes. The old man just shrugged as I double-checked the IV port protector the second time. He then told me that it was coffee that placed him inside that very hospital. Because of that conversation, I immediately realized that he was blaming coffee for his health problems.

I’m a coffee person. I’ve always loved drinking coffee as far as I can remember. My mom, however, opposes the idea of me being a coffee person, so every morning, she always asks me when I’ll stop drinking coffee. She believes the idea that coffee affect’s a person’s height and that it can also give certain health problems too. Of course, I’d just ignore her or give her a reply that won’t raise an argument between her and me, but there were times when I started asking if coffee does have something to do with people not getting taller or having health problems at all. With this in mind, I went to a good friend of mine, a doctor from a reputable hospital in our city, about the negative side effects of drinking coffee.

It’s a good thing that my friend was accommodating as I talked to her about coffee. But what she told me does make sense. Basically, coffee is indeed bad for your health. It causes heart burn and I have had more cases of heart burn than I can count. Sure, I take medicines but it does costs me and getting painful cramps in the chest is in no way healthy. Asides from heart burns, there’s ulcer. My doctor-friend said that coffee has too much acid that it can actually burn a hole in your stomach or intestines when taken in large quantities.

The effects of drinking too much coffee comes out during old age. Osteoporosis is a condition that happens to more seniors than adults. When someone has osteoporosis, their bones become weak due to lack of calcium. And coffee has that effect on humans; too much coffee can cause calcium loss, thus increasing a person’s risk for osteoporosis later in life. Coffee can also cause heart problems as well as well as diabetes. People who drink coffee with two to three lumps of sugar per day are at high risk of getting the dreaded disease. The patient I was talking about earlier has diabetes.

It was no wonder why everyone had a hard time drawing out blood from him. I always noticed this when I had to change his IV port protector from time to time.

While coffee is a good energy booster, one should never take it all the time. Just like most things, having too much gets kinda bad along the way. And as for my mom, she’s quite happy with my limited coffee intake now. I guess I have to thank my friend for that.

About the Author:

Jessica Greenberg is a caregiver and avid blogger from San Diego, California. Asides from her usual duties, she’s also a content contributor for Ivera Med.

 

Senior Health 101: Gout Can Lessen Sex Drive

If there’s one thing that a lot of old folks complain about, it has to be gout. Gout is now considered one of the most common diseases that elderly people have. But as a caution, just because you are still young doesn’t mean that you are immune from having gout. In fact, the number of middle-aged people who are suffering from gout have increased over time. This is probably because of our unhealthy lifestyle, like eating greasy and fatty foods, not getting enough exercise and obesity. If you’re one of those people suffering from gout, whether you’re young or old, then you have to know that the secret to defeating gout has something to do with controlling uric acid.

What is uric acid? It’s a type of compound that, when found in high numbers, causes two major health problems; diabetes and gout. People who have a high amount of uric acid found in their bodies immediately have swollen joints and ankles, which is one of the primary symptoms of gout. But did you know that having a high amount of uric acid also decreases sexual libido? Research states that the effects of having hyperuricemia or high blood uric acid level, is just one of the many symptoms the disease presents. As time goes by, having too much uric acid causes erectile or sexual dysfunctions.

Is this one of the causes why most men who are overweight and have a history of hypertension and gout fail to satisfy their partners during the bedroom activity? There’s a high probability for a “YES” answer! Apparently, the high concentration of uric acid within the blood robs away the electro-static charges that is usually present in red blood cells. Without it, red blood cells start stacking together and this greatly reduces its ability to carry oxygen and other nutrients.

So what if the red blood cells don’t have enough oxygen? Well, I don’t think I have to tell you that a man’s erection is pretty much dependent on how healthy his red blood cells are. You see, there’s a sponge like structure on your body that controls the erection of the male sex organ. It’s called the corpora cavernosum. This spongy structure looks for the nitric oxide within the blood, since this nutrient is responsible for dilating the arteries located within the penis. Now, if this nitric oxide isn’t present in the blood being pumped, then erection is impossible.

This is the reason why some elderly gout patients have a hard time during blood tests. When a nurse starts drawing blood from his/her body, blood flow is difficult to achieve because it’s too thick. I’ve seen many patients having problems like these and it even gets more difficult caring for patients who have gout as well,

This is just one of the many reasons why people who are overweight or are suffering from hypertension should avoid eating too much fatty and greasy foods. Uric acid comes from grease and lard, so for those middle-aged and senior men who want to bring back their sexual drive, start exercising and eating healthy foods instead! Weight lose helps a lot, especially to people who want to get rid of their gout problems. Visit your doctor and always follow the right prescription that he/she gives. While taking anti-gout medicine helps, having a healthy lifestyle is more effective and cheaper, if you think about it!

About the Author:

Jessica Greenberg is an avid blogger and caretaker from San Diego, California. She’s also a content contributor for Ivera Med. She loves writing tips on how to take care of elderly patients.

Senior Health Care – The Importance of Using Port Protectors for IV Therapy

For those who are not yet familiar with the IV therapy, here’s a very simple explanation for you. An IV or Intravenous Therapy is the process of using IV or intravenous fluid in order to transfer much-needed nutrients as well as prescribed medicine given by the doctor. Doctors highly recommend the IV therapy since it goes directly into the bloodstream. Unlike with normal digestion where the nutrients are broken down for body consumption, as soon as the nutrients coming from the IV passes by the bloodstream, it is automatically used by the body. This is one reason why you get the IV whenever you are sick and are in the hospital. The IV therapy also restores lost fluids due to dehydration or stress during getting sick.

Now that we have established the importance of the IV, let’s talk about the importance of using port protectors for the I.V. If you are not familiar with the port protector, if you look at the small plastic tube wherein the liquid coming from the IV bag goes down, you’ll see that there’s a small chamber-like thing that looks like you can stick an injection into it. That is what most people call the IV port. The intravenous port is where doctors,. nurses or caregivers, inject either an important medicine or perhaps additional vitamins that can help replenish the patient’s health. They just stick the needle unto the port and inject the substance inside. The port protector looks just like a plastic cap and it is fitted unto the port in order to keep it clean at all times. Not placing a port protector is dangerous, especially if the patient is near other patients with communicable diseases, since the risk of infection is high.

Most hospitals place strips of port protectors near the IV fluid bag, so if you need to replace the protector, all you need to do is take off a fresh port protector and install it on the port while throwing the old port protector away. This will ensure that the IV’s port is clean and infection-free at all times. For those seniors staying at home, there are companies that sell IV port protectors at a reasonable price. But of course, you need to check if these port protectors are indeed worth buying, since some of these products do not last very long. Some of the best port protectors I’ve used in the past are not exactly that expensive and you can buy a whole strip for a good price too. Nowadays, some companies also offer port protectors inside small boxes where they are being offered individually. They’re not like the strip dispensers though, wherein you can just hang them up near the IV, ready to use when needed.

So as you can see, the port protector is indeed an ingenius little plastic device that may have saved a lot of elderly patients from infectious diseases for a long time already. Whenever you need to take care of your elderly grandmother or grandfather whose actually having an IV therapy, don’t forget to use port protectors for their own good.

About the Author:

Jessica Greenberg is an caretaker and avid blogger from San Diego, California. Also a content contributor for Ivera Medical, she helps other caretakers by writing blogs and articles about how to deal with taking care of senior citizens with dedication and a smile!