Senior Nutrition

Do you have a concern about an aging parent’s nutrition and health? A key component, often overlooked, of seniors’ well-being is eating correctly. Good nutrition can help keep them safe and healthy.

Declining eating habits will put seniors at a greater risk of falls, dehydration and poor health. Your mom or dad may no longer have the motivation and energy to plan and prepare nutritious meals consistently. They may just lack the energy to cook for only one or two. Often medication can make food taste different and can make some food textures seem unappealing.

Their solution may be heating a frozen TV dinner in the microwave. But an easy, better solution could be having a family member, friend or in-home care agency come by for a few hours a week to prepare meals. Small, healthful snacks during the day is also a good option. Personalized meal plans can help make meals a positive experience, improving seniors’ quality of life.

Good nutrition and exercise are two factors that prevent falls. For people over age 65, doctors often recommend more calcium, protein and vitamin D. These nutrients can help your aging loved ones maintain muscle mass. And muscle mass helps them maintain strength and reaction response, preventing a fall with serious injuries.

Building a personalized meal plan, shopping for the correct foods, and getting help with meal preparation will help seniors maintain a healthier quality of life. When your mom or dad no longer has the energy for these activities, the use of an in-home care agency for nutritional assistance may be just what’s needed.

SYNERGY HomeCare is an in-home agency that offers this service and is an excellent option to provide support for loved ones.

KATE REDMOND, SYNERGY HOMECARE

For Additional Information:
Synergy HomeCare

King County 206.420.4934,  Thurston County 360.338.0837, Pierce County 253.267.0116
synergyhomecare.com

Synergy HomeCare: Senior Fall Prevention

One of the biggest fears for aging seniors and their families is the risk of falling. In fact, falls by people aged 65 and older are the leading cause of death from injury. That’s where Synergy HomeCare comes in. Providing in-home care for seniors is one way to help them maintain their independence, and before that point, Synergy HomeCare can provide many fall-prevention tools for seniors and their families to take advantage of.

When people age, their muscle mass declines, which increases the risk of falls. Other factors that contribute to this increased risk include poor eating habits, lack of exercise and the existence of home safety hazards. With the help of a Synergy HomeCare home assessment, meal plan, and exercise plan or other options, many seniors can live independently in their own home while giving their family peace of mind.

After you call Synergy HomeCare for a free home inspection, the staff will view the home and point out potential safety concerns. By making suggestions such as improved lighting, grab bars, shower benches and clear traffic paths, the team lessens the worrying. Through meal planning, prepping meals and grocery shopping for seniors, Synergy can encourage good eating habits.

Another service that Synergy offers is researching physical activities for clients to help improve their lives. Exercise options such as yoga, tai chi, walking and community exercise programs help keep muscle mass from being lost.

These simple lifestyle changes can prevent seniors from hurting themselves in a life-altering fall. With planning, shopping and cleaning services, Synergy HomeCare can bring peace of mind, safety and independence to seniors and their loved ones. by Kate Redmond

SynergyHomeCare