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Weight Management is Key in Seniors' Health

Posted by Regina Lawler on Jul 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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As we age, our eating habits change. Seniors are not as active as younger adults, so their metabolisms adjust accordingly. These changes, combined with the side effects of some medications, can cause seniors to eat less food than they used to. When you’re eating less, it’s important to focus on eating the most nutritious foods you can. No matter what your age, maintaining a healthy weight and having healthy eating habits go hand-in-hand.

It's Never Too Late to Get Healthy

Whether you are 65 or 105, it is never too late to start living a healthy life and eating right. There are several different ways that seniors can make sure they age well. If you’re looking to get healthy, start by making changes that are beneficial to your body. Do little things like add more fruits and vegetables to your meals. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Start slowly, but begin a regular exercise routine. One study found that when a person makes lifestyle changes after a dramatic medical experience like a heart attack, that person is at less at risk of ever suffering another heart attack. Small changes can mean big results.

Thin Does Not Always Mean Healthy

It’s important to note that maintaining a healthy weight does not necessarily mean being thin. Yes, it’s true that being overweight or obese raises one’s risk of diseases like Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, that doesn’t mean that being thin automatically makes someone healthy. Poor diet can cause any number of problems, from malnutrition to an increased risk of bone fractures. In order to stay healthy, seniors need to focus on eating a well-balanced diet. Whether you are overweight, underweight, or weigh exactly what your doctor says you should weigh, you should avoid eating foods that are too high in fat or salt, and eat your fruits and vegetables.

Snack Smart

Avoid snacking on fast foods, frozen foods, and processed snacks. These types of foods are extremely high in calories and sodium but very low in any nutritional value. Snacking on these foods can lead to malnutrition. Don’t skip meals either, even if you’re not hungry. Skipping a meal can lead to extreme fluctuations in blood sugar levels, over-eating of high-calorie, poor-nutrient snacks, and eventually, an even more suppressed appetite. If you don’t feel hungry when it’s mealtime, try snacking on foods that are healthy, small, and high in calories, like avocado or a handful of nuts. These types of food are rich in good fats and oils. They will nourish your body and help you want to eat more in the long run.

 

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Topics: Senior Health Care

Regina Lawler

Written by: Regina Lawler

Regina Lawler, Resident Services Director, has worked at Country Cottage since the first day the doors opened. She began as a Homemaker before being quickly promoted to Coordinator and then to Resident Services Director. Regina feels she has found her “place in life” and says “I will be here long after I’m old enough to be one of the residents. I love my residents as if they were my own family.” Regina has her Assisted Living Administrator’s License and Assisted Living Federation Association’s National Lifetime Administrative Certificate. Regina grew up in the Mount Hebron Community and attends North Russellville Baptist Church. She has been married to Perry Lawler for 32 years and has one son. In her spare time, she enjoys walking and cross-stitching.