Healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand and they are two crucial aspects of a long life for seniors. As a caregiver, you may need to be more involved in what your aging loved ones are eating. It is much easier to eat quick-to-heat, processed foods than it is to cook healthy meals, but the health benefits far outweigh the ease of preparation.
It’s well beyond a cliché that men simply don’t like going to the doctor. As caregivers we spend a lot of time urging our dads, sons or spouses to “please call the doctor” and many times, to no avail. Why is that? Let’s agree that no one likes going to the doctor, but it is important for both preventative care as well as if you’re ill.
Chances are you don’t want to live your life as if all you’re living for is the weekend, right? When you’re caregiver that is sometimes what you look forward to, but then the weekends are likely spent caring for your aging loved ones. Those in the Sandwich Generation – caring for their own children and also their parents – means that every day is likely full of work, caregiving and household chores. We understand!
Do you ever take note of how great you feel when you can look at a babbling brook, or get a whiff of fresh outdoor air during the course of a workday? The reason for this could be that simply being out in nature enhances your mood and could possibly enhance your life.
Many of us had chicken pox when we were young. We may remember our parents letting us soak in a bathtub or putting calamine lotion on our skin to help relieve the itching. It was a childhood illness that might have kept you out of school for a week, but then it went away and you carried on. Today, though, having had chickenpox means that we, as adults, are at a higher risk for developing shingles. In fact, the CDC notes that one out of every three Americans will be stricken.
It might be a rare occasion when you sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, but the benefits of green tea – and frankly any other tea – might make you just decide to brew up a cup. Did you know that green tea can help you relax and de-stress? It’s not that tea is the cure-all for everything, but when you’re overwhelmed tea could benefit your heart and lower your blood pressure.
Once the summer sun is high in the sky, we give into the urge to throw open the windows and the curtains and dash outside to soak up the warm rays. This is especially true after a long, cold winter. Along with the summer days come more times when you will be spending days and nights out of doors at barbecues and other family summer-related events.
As our loved ones age their ability to stay in their home safely may dwindle. Daily activities many times become harder to accomplish and daily care may be needed or just wanted. Support and companionship not to mention the worry of safety of the loved one who is living alone is always a concern for a family caregiver. That is why independent living communities are a great way for your senior to keep their independence while surrounding them with the help, education and companionship they may need to continue living a long, healthy and productive life!
As a caregiver, your plate is full with so many tasks and items you have to keep track of for your aging loved ones. It’s likely that one of those tasks is making certain they not only eat, but that they are eating healthy foods. What can you do to assure they’re eating healthy when you’re not there to share a meal with them? There are some simple steps you can take to make it easier for them to have healthy meals and snacks while making it easier on yourself. (Before you make any changes to their diets, you should check with their doctor to make sure it’s all right for them to make a change. )