Since he’s moved in with me, Dad and I have a “deal”: I cook most nights but we bring in take-out two nights (and Dad pays). That deal has actually been a good thing for him, primarily because when he lived alone, his food choices were fairly poor. He ate a lot of canned soups and creamed corn, ham and cheese sandwiches, and cereal. Since moving in with me, he eats more vegetables, whole grains, fish, healthy fats like olive oil, and fewer processed foods. And it turns out that this type of improved diet is important for all elders if they want to age well.
December 12th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Research shows improved diet is a weapon in the fight against heart attacks and strokes, cutting potential cardiovascular risks. If food is one of the best medicines available, are elders eating the right foods? It turns out they may be doing better than some other age groups, and those nutritional choices may help to protect their health — but there’s a lot of room for improvement. I keep coming back to the importance of good nutrition for caregivers and elders; for example, you can read another blog post about my efforts to influence my father’s eating habits and lifestyle.
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November 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am
My mother had a sweet tooth. Mom’s diet would regularly include sweet food, whether it was a doughnut for breakfast, fruit-flavored yogurt for lunch, a sugar-laden dressing on top of her dinner salad or a cookie for dessert. While she was able to stay slim for most of her life, this type of diet may actually have harmed her brain’s health.
September 11th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Dad recently came home from an appointment with his primary care doctor. He was really proud because he’d lost weight and his blood pressure had dropped. Interestingly, though, he hadn’t changed medications or dosages, and his daily routine has stayed the same.
August 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am
Dad’s life improved in several ways after he moved in with me. Perhaps the most important has been that he eats a much healthier diet. When he was living on his own, he often opted for multiple meals of cereal during the day and rarely ate produce, with the exception of his daily apple. Read more »