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Thinking Outside of the "CAN"

  “Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity, and we nourish all those things when we eat well.” – Michael Pollan It is inevitable that when someone thinks of dining in Senior Living communities, they undoubtedly face the stigma of that experience. For some, they may feel the food is boring or bland, and for others, they believe it often is overcooked and uninspired. This stigma was the driving force that inspired both Chefs to expand their knowledge and expertise and broaden the senior palette by introducing dishes that offer new innovative flavors and ingredients. There are five central are …


by Jessica Beck

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Cholesterol Tips For Seniors

There are many seniors who have issues with high cholesterol, and it is important that you make changes as quickly as possible to reduce issues with cardiac issues like heart attacks or stroke. If you are unsure where to start with lowering your cholesterol, we have a few different tips that are going to help. Make Sure To Eat Right You directly affect your good and bad cholesterol levels with what you eat. You might experience issues with high cholesterol if you eat foods that are high in saturated fats. Limit the intake of foods such as dairy, red meat, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers. Even though it is okay to eat these items in smalle …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Senior Health & Wellness

A Few Of Our Favorite Infused Water Recipes

We have discussed the importance of senior hydration many different times before – but drinking nothing but plain water can be rather boring for any senior. These infused water recipes are going to encourage your aging loved one to stay hydrated the fun way! Infused Water Recipes The reason that making your own flavored water is so great is because it is a natural way to stay hydrated, but it is also nutritious, easy, fresh, and all-natural. We wanted to share a few of our favorite infused water recipes: Orange and Blueberry Ingredients: Ice A handful of blueberries 2 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges 6 cups of water Directions: Combine all t …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Recipes, Senior Health & Wellness

Nutrition Tips for Seniors: Aging Well

Nutrition Tips for Seniors: Aging Well

Some people assume that it does not matter what they eat as they get on in age – and they could not be more wrong. If you want to maximize your overall health as you get older, these are a few of the different tips that you want to take into consideration. By following these tips, seniors will find it far easier to remain independent and stay active later in life. Tip #1 – Make Sure To Visit The Dentist Dental issues are going to make it a challenge to eat later on, which is going to affect your overall nutrition. Because it makes chewing difficult, dental pain may cause seniors to reduce their overall intake of proteins and other important b …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness

Brain Foods To Help Boost Senior Memory

Brain Foods To Help Boost Senior Memory

Most of us place a tremendous emphasis on our body aging in a healthy manner as we get older – but what about our brains? As some people age, they have a significant decline in their mental processing, experience memory loss, and have a decreased cognitive ability. This is why it might be good for seniors (and everyone for that matter) to focus on foods that might be beneficial to keeping their brain healthy. These are four different foods that are proven to help with memory retention and cognitive function. Food Option #1 – Salmon Salmon is a great omega-3 superfood that is a great way to add omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein to your diet …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Senior Health, Senior Health & Wellness, Senior Living Lifestyle

Tricks to Keep Hydrated This Summer

It is important to remain hydrated during summer, especially for seniors. As the temperatures rise, an increase in fluid intake can help to decrease migraines, body temperature irregularities, joint pain, and infections. Water is also great for helping reduce blood pressure. We know that water is great and healthy – but how can we make sure that seniors get enough of it? These are just a handful of tips that ensure that seniors remain hydrated by making water as appealing as possible. Tip #1 – Enjoy More Broth Most elderly find that broth is a great way to remain hydrated. Especially if seniors refuse juice or water, broth can be a great way …


by Jonita Dixon

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Natural Ways to Help Ease Arthritis Pain

There are 50 million people throughout the country who suffer from arthritis. When it comes to reported chronic conditions in the U.S, it is the second most frequently cited one. Fortunately, there are some natural ways that you can ease arthritis. Method #1 – Chondroitin When used in conjunction with glucosamine to help prevent or slow the degeneration of joint cartilage. This is often the underlying cause of osteoarthritis pain. Even though it is important that talk to your loved one’s health practitioner before taking something for the first time, it is possible to get chondroitin without needing a prescription. Method #2 – Glucosamine Thi …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Senior Health & Wellness

Strategies For Coping With Stress And Anxiety

Stress and anxiety, these are great ways to make sure that you are kept up all night. The standard “do not worry so much” response is not going to be especially helpful if you are struggling with stress. This is why you probably want methods on how to deal with stress if you are already dealing with stress right now. Stress can drain the body, lead to physical health issues, and it could also cause depression. These are some great ways that can help you relax to ensure that stress and anxiety do not control your life. Tip #1 – Make Sure That You Get Enough Sleep Stress and anxiety often keep you up at night, making it difficult to get enough …


by Jonita Dixon

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Loss of Appetite in the Elderly

It is a natural part of aging to experience a loss in appetite, but that does not mean that we should suddenly stop worrying about getting enough nutrients when we get on in age. If our older loved ones refuse to eat, there are a few things that we can do. While poor appetite does not necessarily mean that you have to start worrying right away, there are some warning signs to be aware of. We want to explain what might be causing the sudden lack of appetite in your aging loved one. Why Is Their Appetite Different? As previously mentioned, it is normal for our appetite to be a bit lessened as we get older. Yet there are several factors that cau …


by Jonita Dixon

Nutrition Tips, Senior Health & Wellness

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 …


by Jonita Dixon

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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 …


by Jonita Dixon

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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 …


by Jonita Dixon

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