As a nurse and a daughter, I strive to give my mom the right kind of nutrition she needs. But recently I noticed my mom wasn’t finishing her meals. In fact, there were times when the caregiver or I would put a meal in front of her and she wouldn’t even touch it. She would make silly excuses, leave the table, and putter off, busying herself with some irrelevant task. When I’d ask her about it, she’d say she just wasn’t hungry, and that food just didn’t appeal to her anymore. Elderly Nutrition can be quite a challenge. Just figuring out why they are not eating right, and then trying to adjust to their changing needs can be quite a challenge.
Senior Diabetes is a significant health risk. As we get older, our risk for type 2 diabetes increases. Among those older than 65, approximately 24 percent of men and 18 percent of women are living with diabetes. In the United States, about 1 out of every 4 people over the age of 60 have diabetes.
In a nutshell, type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels that are caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently.
The Signs of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease otherwise known as COPD, is estimated to affect over 12 million American’s today. Another 12 million likely have the condition but are unaware of it according to the ACF (American COPD Foundation).
The problem lies with the delay of recognizing the development of COPD symptoms and the speed of starting treatments to manage the condition. Additionally, the signs & symptoms are very similar to those of other conditions, and when first experienced are ignored or attributed to a less serious cause. A quality, nursing supervised, in home caregiver agency can recognize symptoms early and take steps to more effectively manage the illness.
However, signs and symptoms of COPD usually do not appear until there has been significant damage to the patient’s respiratory tract itself.
You stopped by to visit mom recently and suspected that something wasn't right. She’s been living alone for a while now. Dad died a few years ago but she seemed to bounce back from that pretty well. You stop in to visit from time to time, just to help out when, but she seems pretty independent most of the time. But lately something is different. You just can't get mom to eat right. You've noticed that breakfast is still on the table and it’s 4 in the afternoon. Her water glass is still full, and she’s still in her robe. She’s crabby, and complaining about things in a random way, not really making a lot of sense. These are all common signs of a loss of thirst and appetite that is common among many seniors.
Senior Depression: Early Warning Signs
David was born and raised on a ranch. He was married on a ranch, raised his kids on a ranch, and grew his herd from just a few head of cattle when he and his wife were married, to over 600 head on property that expanded to over 1,000 acres. He loved ranching! He went our every morning before dawn to supervise the ranch hands as they fed the herd. As he put on his cowboy hat each morning before stepping outside, he said that brought him to life and put him in the ranching "zone" that energized him. Even later after his first stroke, his number one cowboy would pick him up and drive him around the property in his customized pickup truck every morning. That is what he lived for, the thing that gave purpose and meaning to his life, and he loved it.
It was early one evening, after an already long day and long week, when I got the call that my dad had been transported to the hospital with shortness of breath, chest pains, and was barely conscious and not able to respond to questions. I dropped everything, kissed my lovely wife good night, and headed off for an hour drive to the Mercy Methodist Hospital in South Sacramento.
The summer months mean plenty of sun and hot weather that generate bountiful harvests of fruits and vegetables. Preserving this produce is a wonderful way to stretch your food budget for the
rest of the year, stock your kitchen with nutritious, easy foods, and enjoy the bright, fresh flavors of summer throughout the rest of the year. One of the best ways to do this is to create condiments. Condiments add flavor, texture, and nutrition to your food, allowing you to make the same recipe more interesting or perk up bland foods to appeal to a broader range of tastes.