Fall prevention? Oh, I wish we had done more for my mom in this department. In June of 2008 my mother fell. She was 77 years old. She had had a number of health challenges, but she had overcome them. My mother was and is resilient, determined, and, dare I say, tough. But then she took one misstep returning to her condo in the CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) where she and my dad lived, and the last 10 years of her life have pretty much revolved around the resulting injuries and series of complications that followed that one fall.
Dad has since passed away and mom was making tremendous gains physically. Then on another June day, this time in 2013, she took another fall. Another busted knee with complication from blood thinners and she has been in a wheel chair with 24 hours care since. You see why I am passionate about fall prevention from this very personal connection to someone I love so much.
Statistics for Older Adults and Falls
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In 12 Senior Nutrition Myths: How to Overcome Them (1-7) we explored nutrition myths that revolve around the ideas that it is normal to lose appetite and that nutrient requirements decrease as we age. There are 3 other categories of myths that we need to address:
1.) Social Issues
2.) It’s too Late to Matter
3.) … And More
8.) Eating Alone is Okay
I was just reading a Facebook post today by a friend who is a self-describe introvert. He was traveling on a train and really did not want to go to the dining car because he would be seated with 3 other people and would have to interact with them. Much to his very pleasant surprise he had a great time. He learned a lot, enjoyed their company, and basically they restored his faith in humanity. Okay, that last part may be a bit of an exaggeration.
The bottomline is that even the most introverted of us can benefit from social interaction over a meal. Age does not change this dynamic. If anything, age enhances the benefits of eating with others. Often, as people age, they find themselves alone much more than at any other time in their life. Making the effort to join with others for meal times may seem overwhelming or just too much trouble. But, when the effort is made, tremendous benefits follow.
When we eat together we maintain, build, and deepen relationships. Our feelings of connection grow. We learn more about others in our lives including their interests and concerns. We may even learn their opinions, and if we are lucky we just might learn why they hold those opinions. Sharing meals can give us a sense of security. Just knowing that we are important enough to someone else for them to share a meal with us can be a huge boost on a day we might spend much time alone. Talking and listening shows down our eating and just may improve our digestion. Continue reading “12 Senior Nutrition Myths Part 2 (#8-12)”
We are told many types of myths. We later learn they simply are not true. Nutrition myths in Older Adults are no exception.
Reduced mobility, restricted food budgets, and social isolation can each lead to changes in eating habits as we age. Taken together, the effects can be profound. These changes can greatly affect the nutritional condition of Older Adults. We also may fall prey to nutrition myths, when believed, can actually affect our level of health. Let’s fight misconceptions and gain health along the way.
Malnutrition? Under nourishment? Older Adults and Malnutrition? Does this really happen? Does it happen frequently? Do Older Adults need different nutrients than younger people? Let’s dive in to nutrition myths and Older Adults, learn what they are, and dispel them once and for all.
The myths fall into 5 Basic Categories
- Normalcy of Loss of Appetite
- Misunderstanding of Nutrient Needs
- Social Issues
- It’s Too Late to Matter
- Miscellaneous Other Reasons
Continue reading “12 Senior Nutrition Myths: How to Overcome Them (Myths 1-7)”
Yes, we all have stress. It is a part of how we are made. Most of the time, most of us deal with stressful situations and move on. However, there are times in our lives when stress seems unrelenting and we remain in a state of heighten physical and emotional response. This is not good for our wellness, and really not good for no one around us. We do know that events are going to happen. We need to monitor our response to them. What we do on a regular basis can have a great impact on how we respond to those stress-inducing events. So before life throws “life” at us, let’s engage in habits that will help us have a healthier response.
3 Ways to Strengthen Our Response to Stress: Continue reading “Stress is Real and Necessary, But…”
My dad passed away nearly 5 years ago. Parkinson’s with Dementia had ravaged his brain and body for a number of years before that. I wish we had known more years ago. Perhaps it would have helped this brilliant man maintain his cognitive abilities. Prevention of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is a major reason I have cut way back on carbohydrates in my diet. Real food and real nutrition may make a tremendous impact on your brain health.
Please check out this article to learn the why’s of blood sugar, insulin resistance and brain disease.
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