Health and Wellness for Seniors

September 28, 2017

Caregivers can help seniors maintain health with proper nutrition, exercise and
lifestyle habits. Caregivers can play a large role in helping seniors maintain their health with proper nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle habits.

Benefits of exercise in older age

Increases mental capacity
Research links physical activity with slower mental decline. Exercise
increases blood flow to all parts of the body, including our brain.

Prevents disease
Exercise is beneficial in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s
disease. Exercise can also delay or prevent many diseases
associated with aging, such as diabetes, colon cancer, heart
disease, stroke, and more.

Improves healing
Injuries can take longer to heal as people age. Regular exercise may
speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25 percent.


Increases balance

Exercise can help improve balance, which can help prevent
falls. Falls are a major cause of broken hips and other injuries
that often lead to disability and hospitalization in older adults.

Tips to making meals and snacking easier:

1. If the person has a hard time using a knife
and fork, serve finger foods. Try bite-sized
pieces of sandwich, meat, or cut-up fruit or

2. Serve one or two foods at a time. Too
many choices can be overwhelming.

3. If chewing or swallowing is a problem,
mash, puree, or moisten foods with broth,
sauce, or milk.

4. Add flavor to meals with spices and herbs.

5. Put out bowls of nuts and fruit to
encourage snacking.

6. Serve nutritional supplement drinks or
smoothies with protein powder and fruits.


According to the AARP, 40% of people between 45 and 64 are considered sedentary. At age 64 and older, that number jumps to 60%.


HOME CARE TIP: Many seniors will not want to grocery shop alone or cook food for just themselves.Work grocery shopping into part of your time together and prep meals so they can easily prepare a meal for one on their own.




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