Maintaining Nutrition Through the Ages

It is no secret that as we age our bodies go through a process of change.  As do our bodies so too must we adjust our dietary consumption.  As we get older, there are alterations in the way that we process what we consume.

  • Metabolism- This term is split into two separate categories: catabolism and anabolism. Catabolism refers to the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy and anabolism is the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells.  As we get older, our metabolism slows.  This occurrence is normal but can become more exaggerated if one does not receive the right amount of physical exercise.  With the metabolism slowing, the body will not burn as many calories so it is key to receive as much nutrients in meals as possible.
  • Digestive system- As we get older, our bodies will begin manufacturing a lower amount of the fluids our system uses to break down food. As a result, the absorbance of certain key nutrients such as folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 can become inhibited
  • Appetite- It is quite common as we get older the introduction of one or multiple medications to treat any array of health conditions. A common side effect of some medicines can affect our appetites which in result can make for poor nutrition.

At A-1 Home Care, our 24 Hour Live-In Caregivers and Hourly Caregivers can assist with all sorts of things around the house to make your days less stressful.  Our trained and skilled home care professionals can not only help prepare meals adhering to nutritional guidelines tailored to the patient’s health condition, they can even take you to grocery store to get the food!  Meal preparation can be very important if an individual has certain condition like Diabetes where blood sugar must be closely regulated.  Our compassionate and caring Caregivers will make sure no prescription goes forgotten and no doctor appointment is missed.

The benefits of a balanced healthy diet are vast and among them include a heightened defense against health issues in seniors such as constipation, heart problems, high blood pressure and Diabetes.  A proper diet will ensure healthy body weight as well as fuel us with energy to put our best foot forward every day.  The National Institute on Aging suggest the following for seniors concerned about proper nutrition

  • The USDA Food Guide MyPlate Plan
    • Half of each plate consist of fruits and vegetables
    • Half of all grains consumed be whole grains
    • Examine amounts of sodium in items such as bread, soup and frozen foods and elect for lower level choices
  • DASH Diet- designed to lower blood pressure and strengthen heart health, recommends the following daily serving portions
    • Grains- 7 to 8 ounces
    • Meat and beans- 6oz or less of chicken, meat and fish as well as 4 to 5 servings of nuts, seeds or dried beans per week
    • Milk- 2 to 2 ½ cups
    • Fruit- same as above
    • Oils: 2 teaspoons

Whether your loved one is need of Short Term or Long Term caregiver services, you need look no further than A-1 Home Care.  Established in 1991, A-1 is the Home Care Agency of choice for all of Southern California.  We are State Licensed, Bonded and Insured and all of our experienced caregivers are given thorough background check and are registered with the state of California.  A-1 Home Care is proud to serve Long Beach, San Pedro, Torrance and surrounding communities.  Call us today to learn more at (562) 929-8400 or (310) 657-8780

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