Diet & Nutrition for Seniors Articles

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Questions a Caregiver Should Ask about Parkinson's Disease

    A Parkinson's diagnosis brings many questions about treatment, progression, alternative therapies, and medications. Becoming an informed caregiver is the best method of preparation to make confident decisions while caring for a loved one with Parkinson's.

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  • An Overview of Osteoporosis

    What is osteoporosis? How is it diagnosed and treated? And how do you know if your parent has it?

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  • Changes to Make in Your Life After a Heart Attack

    When someone has a heart attack, their life, as well as the lives of the people who care for them, changes forever.

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  • What's the Difference Between "Good" and "Bad" Cholesterol?

    What makes some cholesterol good and some bad? And how do you know the difference between the two?

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  • 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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  • Daily Dietary Guidelines for Individuals Age 51 and Older

    Dietary requirements change throughout your life. Use this chart to ensure you're eating a balanced diet and giving your body the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

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  • How to Sneak Calories and Nutrients into a Loved One'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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  • Tips for Choosing and Using Food and Beverage Thickeners

    When a loved one is having trouble swallowing, doctors often recommend thickening their meals and drinks to avoid choking and aspiration of particles into the lungs. Use these tips to encourage them to eat and learn how to pick the right thickening agent.

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  • How to Reap the Health Benefits of Juicing

    Juicing is a healthy option for caregivers and seniors who are looking to boost the nutritional content in their diets. There are countless combinations of fruits and vegetables that can provide beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

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  • We Are What We Eat

    A well-balanced diet is a significant factor in our health and longevity. Studies have shown that reducing consumption of animal products has a number of beneficial effects including a longer lifespan and a decrease in illness.

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  • 4 Culinary Questions to Help You Choose a Nursing Home

    Evaluating everyday and special occasion meal options can provide a great deal of insight into the overall quality of the facility you are considering for your loved one. Use these 4 simple suggestions to help you decide on a skilled nursing facility.

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  • Personal Chefs Can Help Seniors at Home

    Millions of aging adults suffer from malnourishment because they can't prepare healthy meals. A new company provides affordable personal chefs to help older adults eat better so they can age at home and avoid placement.

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  • Eating Wisely

    Learning how to eat wisely is crucial for aging adults and their caregivers. Discover the science behind why we crave unhealthy foods that are loaded with sugar and fat.

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  • Why I’ll Only Take These 3 Supplements

    I used to take lots of supplements. At one point, I was popping a dozen pills a day. Then I cut way back, convinced we need to get our nutrition mostly from food. I make these three exceptions.

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