What is the Best Diet for Brain Health in Seniors?

Senior man eating vegetables on patioThe interesting research of the latest AARP study is in: those who maintain a healthy diet are twice as apt to consider their mental acuity to be very good or excellent in comparison to those who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet full of fish, vegetables and fruits equated to higher brain health.

The participants’ responses match the recommendations of AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health, which also adds the requirement to reduce intake of salt, saturated fats, and excessive alcohol which have been shown to have a negative impact on brain health. Per Sarah Lock, senior vice president for policy and executive director of GCBH, “Many of us have gotten used to the idea of heart-healthy foods, but now we know that those same foods can make a big difference in our brain health, as well.”

If that’s the case, why aren’t more elderly following these simple rules? The issues stated include:

Eating healthy is just too expensive.

It’s tough to follow a healthy diet.

Stores selling healthy foods are too far away.

They won’t enjoy the taste.

They don’t believe it will make a big change in their health.

However, a full 90% of respondents stated they'd do something to eat better if they thought it could cut down on their threat of cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes, and cognitive decline.

So, what is the best brain health diet for seniors? The daily guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate initiative are the following for seniors:

1 ½ - 2 cups of fruits

2 – 3 cups of vegetables

3 cups of dairy

5 – 6 ounces of protein

5 – 7 ounces of grain

Eating several different sorts of these food types on a frequent basis is key. It is also beneficial to create a plan that will help overcome objections to healthy eating, and also to engage the aid of a trusted family member, friend, or professional caregiver for support to stick to the routine.

Aventa Senior Care can help make healthy eating a reality for aging adults, by choosing groceries and ensuring the fridge and kitchen pantry are well stocked with smart food choices, planning and preparing wholesome meals, and much more! We are able to also provide pleasant companionship during mealtimes to ease the loneliness which could contribute to unhealthy eating, together with encouragement to ensure excellent food choices. Call us at (480) 535-6800 or contact us online to learn more about our Scottsdale home care and the services we offer.

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Meal Delivery – Options for Bringing Seniors Nourishment & More

One of the most significant challenges that can arise for a senior citizen as they increase in age is the challenge of securing proper nutrition for oneself. Inadequate intake of nutritious food items, or inadequate food intake altogether, can cause serious health problems for elderly people. Luckily, the technological revolution of the past few decades has resulted in a number of solutions that seniors and their loved ones can utilize in order to ensure that the senior’s nutritional health requirements are met. Some of these include the Uber EATS delivery service, meal kit subscription services, ready-to-eat meals, grocery delivery, home meal delivery, and more.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is hard for seniors to obtain groceries due to limited options for transportation
  • even when elderly individuals are successful in acquiring grocery items, the preparation of food presents a further challenge
  • The technological revolutions of the digital age have offered up newfound solutions to these problems

"Family caregivers know just how difficult it can be for some seniors to eat right."

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March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Not Sure How to Act When Visiting Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? These Tips Can Help.

Spending time with grandmaIt may sometimes be a bit intimidating to know what to mention and how to behave when spending some time with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. And, sadly, due to a number of inherent elements of the disease, oftentimes family and friends feel so uncomfortable that they avoid going to see the person anymore. Understanding more information on the disease and things to anticipate, and planning ahead about how to best manage challenging behaviors can help.

The chief difficulties family caregivers and friends encounter with their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease fall into one of three categories: changes in behavior, changes in memory and communication ability; and the level of difficulty will probably fluctuate based on the particular stage of the disease the senior is currently experiencing.

To help overcome these challenges while making the visit as enjoyable as you can, Aventa Senior Care’s Alzheimer’s care professionals in Arizona recommend the following approach:

Begin your visit with a smile, and be prepared to re-introduce yourself if needed.

Use very simple language and brief sentences, and talk slowly.

Refrain from arguing with or correcting the senior.

Bring photos from a favorite past memory for reminiscing.

Listen to a number of the person’s favorite tunes together, and maybe even ask him or her to dance!

Taking a walk together if at all possible, or just about any other physical exercise, can make the visit more fun for both of you.

Remain calm during your visit, even when the senior gets agitated or exhibits inappropriate behavior.

Keep a sense of respect during your conversation, understanding the senior may repeat questions and statements.

Reduce distractions in order to give the person your full attention.

Above all, bear in mind who the individual was pre-dementia, and remind the person what she or he did which has inspired you or helped you become the person that you are today.

For additional tips on effective communications with those with Alzheimer’s disease, or for specialized hands-on care assistance, contact the Arizona dementia care team at Aventa Senior Care. Our skilled dementia caregivers are fully trained and experienced in a number of tactics to make sure seniors with Alzheimer’s disease remain secure and safe and are able to live life to the fullest, with the utmost respect and compassion all of the time. Call us at (480) 535-6800 or contact us online for more details.

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

GoGoGrandparent lets Elderly call an Uber without a smartphone

The recent innovation of digitally based rideshare apps, accessed via smartphone, has been filled with great levels of both promise and frustration for elderly people and their advocates. While the utility of rideshare services would greatly benefit seniors who are no longer capable of driving themselves, the smartphone requirement has rendered many of these useful apps inaccessible to elderly individuals who struggle to use newer technology. Thankfully, a new service called GoGoGrandparent has emerged to rectify this problem. Through the use of this service, elderly people will now have access to rideshare services without needing to own a smartphone first.

Key Takeaways:

  • Individuals can sign up for this service completely free of any charge, but it does cost money to use and book rides
  • The service is available in Canada and every US state aside from Alaska or the city of Austin in Texas
  • Loved ones who make the booking for their senior can enjoy peace of mind as the service will provide them with updates along the way

"GoGoGrandparent is a service that’s seeking to close the rideshare access gap by giving older people a way to access Uber and Lyft without a smartphone or a computer."

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March 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Dementia Care: 3 Tips for Dealing with Memory Problems

Watching a loved one’s memory slowly deteriorate as a result of worsening dementia is a truly heartbreaking ordeal to suffer through. When you are also responsible for your loved one’s daily care, the job can seem utterly overwhelming. There are a few things that caretakers of individuals with dementia should keep in mind to help them through the experience. First, understand that aggressive changes in behavior and high irritability levels are very common symptoms associated with dementia, so if your relationship with your loved one has grown more combative, it is simply the disease rather than anything personal. Individuals with dementia will become easily disoriented and confused. Caregivers can assist them best by keeping things as visually oriented and simple as possible. Dementia will also impair one’s ability to make decisions and proper judgements. Caregivers should take care to protect their loved one as needed, but they should also focus on helping self-esteem and self-confidence levels.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you have an aging parent or loved one who is starting to decline cognitively, there are some steps you can take to help them.
  • Provide your memory impaired loved one with pleasant reminders when necessary, which may help with their sporadic mood swings and irritation.
  • When explaining something to your aging loved one, be brief and direct to prevent confusion.

"You’re not as powerless as you might think! There are things you can do to help your aging loved one be happy, safe and as independent as possible."

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March 8th, 2018|0 Comments