Healthy Eating Choices for Seniors

A nutritious diet is important at any age. Making healthy food choices provides special benefits to seniors. Eating well promotes health and energy, improves digestion and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Making these healthy eating choices may be easier than you think. Assisted living facilities offer a variety of healthy eating choices for seniors. If you live at home, you can create your own healthy meals by yourself or with the help of a home care expert. Simple Steps to Good Nutrition Every senior can make two highly effective and very simple healthy eating choices right away, with absolutely no extra help, planning or expense – removing salt from the table and switching to whole grain breads. Lowering your salt intake is good for your heart; simply keeping the saltshaker out of view naturally reduces your sodium consumption. Whole grain breads are high in fiber that makes you feel fuller and optimizes your digestive system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that olde


Healthy Aging and Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements add nutrition to your diet when you cannot consume enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs to stay healthy or ward off disease. People over the age of 50 usually need to consume more vitamins and minerals than young people do. As you grow older, for example, your body has more trouble absorbing vitamin B12, which is important for healthy nerves and red blood cells. You may not get out into the sun as much, either, which could leave your body low on vitamin D. The best way to get the nutrients you need is to eat a healthy diet, of course, but that is not always possible when you grow older. You might find cooking for one or two to be time-consuming, wasteful or expensive. Your appetite may not be as hearty as it used to be when you were physically active. You might even have trouble eating because of poorly fitting dentures or an illness that causes lack of appetite. Important Vitamins and Minerals to Supplement Discuss your need for supplement

Choosing the Right Living Situations for Your Loved One

You may find yourself in the unenviable position of choosing the right living situation for a loved one. As a loving spouse, parent, child or friend, you take your responsibility seriously. You want to choose a living environment that is safe and comfortable, but you may be unsure where to start. Perhaps the best place to begin is to remind yourself of what your loved one could gain by making a change in their living arrangements. Benefits of Living in the Right Environment Living in the right environment can help your loved one live life to its fullest. You can extend your loved one’s independence by providing an environment with the appropriate level of medical and personal care. Accepting a little help walking, today, for example, can reduce the risk for a debilitating hip fracture, tomorrow. The living situation should be as supportive as possible, while still fostering a sense of independence. A new home often brings new experiences, interests, and friendships in a way that com

Vacationing With Seniors

Everyone needs a vacation now and then, even senior citizens living at home or in an assisted living community. Interest in traveling seems to increase with age, and today’s technology makes it easy to travel with older individuals. With a bit of preparation and planning, vacationing with seniors is easy and highly rewarding. Mobility, medications, and documentation are the largest obstacles when vacationing with seniors. To make travel easier, plan to meet these challenges before you embark on your vacation. Pack wisely Make sure to bring enough medication to last longer than you plan to be away, just in case something delays your return. Pack a small bag to use as carry-on luggage or to place within reach inside your car. Inside that bag, place one day’s worth of medication, copies of prescriptions, tickets, visas and passports, extra eyeglasses and copy of prescription, a snack, a change of clothing, and a camera. Make sure you have plenty of available funds in your credit card

Moving to Assisted Living: Three Tips

Moving an elderly parent or loved one to an assisted living facility takes careful planning and patience. Making the transition to assisted living is more than just boxing up a few things and transporting them to your loved one’s new home – it also has quite a few other emotional and practical elements that need to be considered. When preparing to help your loved one move to assisted living, think about the following: Including your loved one in the planning and execution of the move as much as possible will help make the transition easier. Many seniors moving to assisted living may feel frustrated as they feel that their autonomy is being taken away. Including your loved one in the decision-making process – giving him or her input on the move date and schedule, as well as what to bring, will help them be more accepting of the move. Helping your loved one establish a familiar environment in his or her new residence will also make the transition easier. Taking along some familiar

Get a Free RX Card from Always Best Care Senior Services

Get your free discount prescription card from Always Best Care Senior Services. Use our card to receive huge discounts on your prescription drugs. It is easy to enroll in the program and even easier to use the card at more than 56,000 participating pharmacies across the nation. Everyone qualifies for this free discount prescription card. There are no deductibles, membership fees, waiting periods or pre-existing exclusions. You can print your new card from your home computer, and then use your Always Best Care Senior Services card right away to save up to 65 percent on all your generic and brand name prescriptions. This could save you up to 40 percent on your prescription drug costs each year. There are no restrictions and no limits on the number of times you can use your free ABC discount card. You can dial (888) 479-2000 and select option # 5, or use our online pharmacy locator to find a participating pharmacy in your area. Simply present your Always Best Care Senior Services discoun

How to Help Someone Stand Up and Walk

As a person grows older, they may find it more difficult to rise from a chair or walk around their home.  Weakened muscles and frail bones make these everyday activities exhausting, time consuming and dangerous. Professional in-home care providers and family caregivers use special techniques to make standing and walking easier and safer for older people, surgical patients, and those recovering from serious illness or injury. Helping Someone Stand Make sure the senior is wearing shoes or non-skid socks, if his feet tend to slide Ask him to move to the front of the chair and place his feet directly under his center of gravity Block his knees with your knees to help him keep his legs under him Place your arms around his waist Instruct the senior to put his or her hands on the arms of the chair, never around your neck Ask the senior to lean forward so that their nose is directly over their toes Tell him to push off with his hands, if possible, on the count of three Count to three, and th