Diet & Nutrition for Seniors Articles

  • Are You Eating Your ABCs?

    Specific vitamins can have a significant positive (or negative) impact on your health. Learn what each one does, how to spot a deficiency, and what foods you should add to your diet to make sure you're meeting your nutritional requirements.

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  • Hydration Tips for Seniors

    For many caregivers, ensuring an older person stays hydrated can be a daily struggle. Learn how to help seniors get the fluids they need, even if they won't drink water.

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  • 5 High-Calorie Foods Your Elder Will Enjoy

    Age-related changes in appetite and food preferences can be tricky. Try these tasty tips to help your loved one maintain a healthy weight and get the vital nutrients they need.

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  • 5 Healthy Foods That Don’t Mix Well With Medications

    A nutritious diet and doctor-prescribed medications may seem like a recipe for stellar health, but even wholesome foods like leafy greens and fruit can cause dangerous interactions with common drugs.

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  • 9 Nutrition Tips During Cancer Treatment

    Eating is often difficult for a cancer-stricken senior. But the weakness and fatigue associated with not getting enough nutrients can give cancer the upper hand. Learn how to make sure your loved one is getting the food they need.

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  • Think Twice About Giving Seniors Nutrition Drinks or Shakes

    Family members may be at a loss when a loved one barely eats or stops eating altogether. Nutrition shakes seem like a quick and easy remedy, but they may actually do more harm than good.

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  • 10 Tips for a Healthy Diet After Age 50

    A registered dietitian explains what nutrients are most important for older adults and how you and your loved one can work on adopting healthier eating habits together.

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  • Why Seniors Refuse to Eat and What You Can Do About It

    When the person you are caring for has stopped eating or only picks at the food on their plate, your first reaction is to push them to eat. Instead, consider the underlying reasons for their diminished appetite and how they can be addressed.

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  • Evaluating Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.

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  • How to Sneak Calories and Nutrients into a Senior's Diet

    A dietitian with caregiving experience offers her tips on cooking for an aging loved one whose diet is complicated by medical conditions and changing nutritional needs.

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  • Swallowing Disorders: Tips for Using Food and Beverage Thickeners

    When a senior is having trouble swallowing, known as dysphagia, doctors recommend thickening meals and drinks to avoid choking and aspiration. Use these tips to address dehydration and malnutrition issues in people who have a swallowing disorder.

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  • Caring for a Loved One with Lung Disease

    COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and other types of lung disease can seriously limit a senior's functional abilities. Explore tips tp help a loved one with lung disease improve their sleep quality, nutrition, and overall health.

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  • Dysphagia: How to Help a Loved One Eat and Drink Safely

    Difficulties with swallowing, called dysphagia, can affect one’s ability to eat and pose risks like choking and aspiration pneumonia. Learn the signs of dysphagia and how to help your loved one eat and drink safely.

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  • Lowering My Blood Pressure without Pills

    My blood pressure has been a challenge these past few years... sometimes too low, sometimes too high. I'm trying to take fewer meds and supplements, so here are a few "natural" things I'm doing to keep my blood pressure in check.

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  • The Bedtime Combo that Keeps Me "Regular"

    I hate being constipated, and I suspect you feel that way, too. Here's my secret recipe that spells R-E-L-I-E-F.

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  • 5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

    Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient that the body needs to function properly, and a deficiency may trigger severe health problems. Older adults who get little sunlight should make a lifestyle change if they want to preserve their health, maintain strong bones and have a healthy digestive tract. Exposure to more natural sunlight, especially in the morning is a simple activity that will bear positive results. It is a common deficiency and often the side effects are overlooked.

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  • How to Make Healthy Meals When You Have No Time to Cook

    Between working full time, taking care of your family, looking after an older adult, and other day to day activities, putting a healthy meal on your dinner table might be the last thing on your mind.

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  • 5 Fabulous Sandwich Recipes to Honor the Sandwich Generation

    Try these delicious recipes to celebrate the men and women who pull double-duty, attending to the needs of aging parents while raising their own children and oftentimes juggling a career.

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  • Confusing Food Labels Make Managing Blood Glucose a Challenge

    86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, and 90 percent of us don't even know it. It's an epidemic, and food labels don't help.

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  • Why Seniors Pass Gas and What You Can Do About It

    An excessively gassy elder can leave a caregiver torn between respecting their dignity and wanting to get some fresh air. For seniors, there's always that nagging fear that excess gas may indicate a messy accident or a serious digestive problem.

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