Healthy (And Tasty) Benefits Of Dark Chocolate
Carlton Senior Living Blog | April 25, 2016

Healthy (And Tasty) Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Some people assume that all tasty foods have to be bad for you. We have previously discussed the importance of antioxidants as we get older – these are going to help us stay fit and ward off disease. While antioxidants might sound like something that you can only eat when eating healthy – dark chocolate is one of the most important (and overlooked) antioxidants that we have available. What it does Dark chocolate has been shown to activate enzymes that are able to remove cancer-causing mutagens and carcinogens, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help to lower blood pressure. It can also help reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots, because it …

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Caring for Someone with Osteoporosis or Arthritis
Carlton Senior Living Blog | April 22, 2016

Caring for Someone with Osteoporosis or Arthritis

It should be no surprise that our joints deteriorate and our bones thin as we get on in age. Being aware of problematic symptoms and knowing about the warning signs can help our older loved ones avoid potentially dangerous situations with osteoporosis and arthritis. Osteoporosis Or Arthritis It is normal to assume that healthy bones mean that seniors are able to enjoy a better quality of life – but the problem is more widespread than people might assume. In fact, around half of the adults over the age of 50 have problems with osteoporosis. Because falls are quite common in the elderly, weak and thinning bones become even more problematic. Thi …

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Benefits Of The Mediterranean Diet
Carlton Senior Living | March 22, 2016

Benefits Of The Mediterranean Diet

When most people think about “diet,” they think about a way to lose weight. However, the Mediterranean diet is a popular option that can help reduce inflammation that often leads to arthritis, helps to boost brain function, and can improve our heart health. The diet is known for a wide variety of flavors. The basic elements of the diet include very little red meat, moderate portions of cheese and yogurt each week, and eating fish twice each week. It also includes plenty of water, a single glass of red wine each day, and a wide variety of seeds, spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. The health benefits of this diet have been kno …

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Foods With Surprising Health Benefits
Carlton Senior Living | March 15, 2016

Foods With Surprising Health Benefits

If we want to remain healthy as we get older, a healthy diet in combination with regular physical activity is one of the better ways to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. While foods such as spinach and bananas are known for having some great health benefits, some nutritious products are not quite so renowned for their positive contributions to our overall health. These are just some foods that might surprise you with their positive health benefits. Surprising Food #1 – Grapefruit Grapefruits offer powerful antioxidants in addition to high amounts of vitamins A and C. The antioxidants found in grapefruit can help boost your metaboli …

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Suggestions On Getting A Senior To Drink More Water
Carlton Senior Living | January 5, 2016

Suggestions On Getting A Senior To Drink More Water

It is essential that seniors drink plenty of water. Older adults often have a serious issue with dehydration. It is relatively straightforward to avoid this problem. However, increasing someone’s fluid intake might sound straightforward, but it can be rather difficult. Dehydration can be dangerous because it can lead to major health problems such as lowered blood pressure, a weak pulse, blood clot complications, and kidney stones. Foods With Plenty Of Fluids There are several different foods that have plenty of fluids in them. A few of these include strawberries, watermelon, peaches, cranberries, and raspberries. Vegetables that include a gre …

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Ways for Seniors to Stay Active
Assisted Living | December 25, 2015

Ways for Seniors to Stay Active

As we get older, it is quite normal to see a decrease in mobility. You might find yourself struggling with feelings of fatigue, fragile bones, or sore joints. It is important to remember that staying active can be a great way to ‘get out there’ and enjoy what life has to offer. These are some ways that older people can exercise without putting themselves at risk. Go For A Walk While it does not feel like exercise, walking is a great way to get yourself a bit more active. You can strengthen your muscles and burn calories. If it is too hot outdoors, consider going in the evening or early morning when the temperature is cooler. Make sure that yo …

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Reduce Sundowner’s Symptoms
Assisted Living | December 14, 2015

Reduce Sundowner’s Symptoms

Many who function as caregivers for people who live with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease agree that the evening hours can be especially challenging. This is when Sundowner’s Syndrome is ever-present. If we try to explain sundowner’s in simple terms, it refers to an ailments where the person is confused, which often occurs after sundown. Fortunately, it is possible to make life a bit easier during those dusk hours. Encourage An Active Day It should come as no surprise that keeping active (both in body and in mind) is a good way to be healthy. Especially those with Alzheimer’s disease do well to remain active. Having a healthy balance of activi …

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The Risks of Aspirin Therapy for Seniors
Assisted Living | October 21, 2015

The Risks of Aspirin Therapy for Seniors

Most people assume that having an aspirin a day is going to lead to a number of different benefits, including reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, or heart disease. However, especially for seniors, too much of a good thing can be very bad. According to recent studies, when taking a low dose of aspirin therapy for a prolonged time, it can damage the layer that protects the inside of the intestine and stomach from the harsh stomach acids. It may even lead to a number of other complications and side effects: Allergic reaction – Some people may even develop an allergy as they age, and there are many who are allergic to aspirin. Burst blood …

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How To Prevent Stroke In The Future
Assisted Living | October 12, 2015

How To Prevent Stroke In The Future

While the effort to prevent strokes in older adults and seniors have far to go, a healthy lifestyle with exercise and proper nutrition can reduce the risk of stroke significantly. How can we prevent stroke There are some risk factors for stroke that we cannot control – one of them being old age. When we are talking about preventing stroke though, we are talking about the “controllable risk” associated with stroke. There are several treatable diseases that may increase the risk of stroke, these include: Diabetes High cholesterol High blood pressure We not only see an improvement in overall health when seeking medical treatment to address these …

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Nutrition Information for Senior Adults for Healthy Living
Nutrition Tips | December 31, 2013

Nutrition Information for Senior Adults for Healthy Living

The nutrition is very important for the seniors because at this age the body tends to function with less efficiency. Since there are cardiac and high blood pressure complications at this age, hence the doctors suggest a diet with low salt, with very low fat content to keep a check on the rise in cholesterol levels in the body. Here are some important food items that are generally recommended for people over 60: Protein: Protein is very important part of the daily intake to recover the daily wear and tear of tissues at this age. It is advisable that older adults take soy, fish, eggs, white meat, and dairy products every day in moderate quantit …

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Top Four Nutrition Tips for Elderly Arthritis Patients
Nutrition Tips | October 10, 2013

Top Four Nutrition Tips for Elderly Arthritis Patients

Although there is no specific food or diet that can cure arthritis, some of its symptoms may be relieved by maintaining a nutrient-rich diet and avoiding certain foods. That’s why a healthy nutrition plan is especially important for elderly arthritis patients. Caregivers can find out the best foods recommended for improving the various types of arthritis common in seniors. For instance, inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis may be relieved by consuming plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. Before making any dietary changes, however, it is important that you consult your doctor and confirm that the new diet is safe for you. Maintaining a …

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