Archive | March, 2013

The Importance Of Nixing Salt From Your Diet As An Older Adult

March is National Nutrition month! If you’re an older adult struggling with diet-related health issues, now is the time to overhaul your nutrition and eating behaviors. A report from ABC News suggests that by 2030 more than half of all Americans will be obese. The obesity epidemic will cost the U.S. up to $66 million dollars in treatment costs. In addition to the costs to our country, obesity also impacts your health and pocketbook. Cutting out salt from your diet is one of first steps to getting and staying healthy.

Salt and sugar are not all bad. In the appropriate portions salt and sugar are necessary for your overall health. Given the increase portions of salt and sugar in almost all food products, most of us are not in dire need of these nutrients. You can jumpstart cutting down on salt and sugar in two simple ways. The American Dietetic Association’s Complete Food and Nutrition Guide Read suggests rinsing all canned vegetables, beans, tuna, and chicken. Rinsing your canned food will reduce salt intake by 40%. Another surefire way to facilitate healthy eating is to dine out less and cook home more. When you cook your food from home you have more control over the amount of salt in your diet.

If you are concerned about your health and diet, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Making changes to your diet is serious business and requires the supervision of a trained professional. When you meet with your doctor, inquire about a nutritionist to help you make a reduced-sodium meal plan.

Doolittle Home serves three delicious meals per day under the direction of a licensed dietician and certified food service supervisor. Please call us additional information or to arrange a tour. We invite your inspection and comparison of our unique services to the elderly. There are many options available to those making decisions for aging loved ones but nobody can match the care and commitment of Doolittle Home.  Click Here To Watch long time resident Evie talk about Doolittle Home.

References

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/americans-obese-2030-report-warns/story?id=17260134#.UOxlKaVm2-8

 http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/19/10-ways-to-cut-out-salt-and-sugar/#ixzz2HPY52YjX

 

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Blues?

Are you concerned about an older adult who seems withdrawn, disengaged, tired, and irritable? These signs may point to a number of issues. However, they also might be related to the cold, dark, winter season. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a psychological condition where people become depressed during particular seasons, namely winter. Similar to the effects of other mental health disorders, SAD can have a ripple effect on various aspects of an individual’s life. Symptoms of SAD include but are not limited to: a change in appetite, weight gain, change in sleeping patterns, loss of energy, and inability to concentrate.

If you suspect that an older adult in your life is struggling from SAD, encourage him/her to seek professional treatment. SAD can only be diagnosed by a trained professional, which could be a psychologist, therapist, or doctor. The National Institute of Health suggests that people struggling from SAD adopt a walking routine during the daylight hours. If exercise is out of the question because of medical issues, older adults can sit outside and enjoy the sun, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day.

Of course, taking a vacation to a warm place is a wonderful option. If you can afford to take your older parent or friend for a weekend get-a-way, do it! Perhaps you could intertwine a short vacation into a gift for your parent or friend. At a minimum, engage your parent or friend in conversation about how they are feeling, validating their emotions and perspectives.

The activities calendar at The Doolittle Home is designed with the individual resident in mind.  Daily, residents choose from a variety of programs to challenge the mind, body and soul. The Doolittle Home provides daily exercise classes, and unique social opportunities, such as engaging games and movies, arts & crafts, interesting lectures as well as live entertainment. Doolittle Home provide residents with community interaction and involvement. The activities program also fully encourages and supports family involvement and volunteers. Click Here To View Activities Scrapbook

Call 508-543-2694 to arrange a personal tour with DeAnna Willis, Doolittle Home’s Executive Director.

 

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Preserving Memories With Scrapbooking

The year 2012 has come and gone and 2013 is well underway. How are you going to preserve the wonderful memories that you and your loved ones shared last year? If you are caring for an older adult, you may also be wondering how to solidify the last year for him/her. Whether you’re caring for a parent, grandparent, or friend, creating a scrapbook to commemorate their life in 2012 is a perfect way to make a memory. Read below to learn how to compile a scrapbook for the older adult in your life.

First, you want to organize important mementos from the last year in one place. If you’re creating the scrap book for someone, this might be tricky. Search around your home for paraphernalia that reflects an activity that you and your older adult friend or parent shared. Ask your friend or family member directly for memorabilia that he/she would like to include in the scrapbook. Anything that lies flat is appropriate to include. Once you have the mementos, it’s time to decide upon a theme. Did the year reflect a series of achievements? Were grandchildren born? Was a new job acquired? Decide what is most salient and conjure some images that reflect the theme.

Next, it’s time to compile and decorate the pages. This is where your creativity kicks in! Remember that each page should only contain a few pictures, decorations, and maybe a quotation or two. Reduce clutter on the pages by spilling over to another page if need be. After you’ve compiled the pages, it’s time to present your gift!

Doolittle Home in Foxboro is unlike many retirement facilities and nursing homes these days. Doolittle Home is privately and independently managed by a volunteer board of local officers and trustees. Doolittle Home received the highest rating in Massachusetts for personal care provided to residents. One resident’s daughter said “I have such peace of mind knowing that Mother is where she needs to be and is being cared for by such caring people.” For Doolittle Home’s virtual tour click here and to read about the friends of Doolittle Home click here.

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Taking On the Weight Loss Challenge For Spring

Weight loss is one of the most difficult goals that Americans place on their list of resolutions. According to the Center for Disease Control, over one-third of Americans are obese. Advertisers promise us quick fixes for weight loss. How many times have advertisements promised you 10 pounds of weight loss in one week? A rapid, 30 day juice cleanse? We believe that these quick fixes will be the answer to all of our weight problems. Given the statistics, these fads are not working. Read below to learn more about why weight loss is such a challenge, particularly for older adults.

Findings from the National Weight Control Registry suggest that individuals need significantly more exercise than we thought. Five thousand individuals in the registry who lost 60 pounds and maintained their weight loss reported one hour of exercise every day! For older adults, exercising for an hour may not be possible. Therefore, it’s important for older adults to work with an exercise specialist to create a regimen that is right for them.

Eating healthy food in moderation is another piece to the puzzle that is often neglected. Older adults may feel pressured to eat in social situations, especially if festivities center on food. This may be especially prevalent over the holiday season.  According to Linda Bacon, associate professor of nutrition at UC Davis, “We get a tremendous amount of pressure to eat for reasons other than nurturing ourselves, and over time, people lose sensitivity to hunger/fullness/appetite signals meant to keep them healthy and well nourished.”

Doolittle Home serves three delicious meals per day under the direction of a licensed dietician and certified food service supervisor. Please call us additional information or to arrange a tour. We invite your inspection and comparison of our unique services to the elderly. There are many options available to those making decisions for aging loved ones but nobody can match the care and commitment of Doolittle Home.  Click Here To Watch long time resident Evie talk about Doolittle Home.

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