Inflammation is an important aspect in many chronic diseases, including cancer, dementia, diabetes, and many others. Inflammation is a normal and even healthy thing under the right conditions, such as when a person cuts their finger. In that case, it means that the body is sending germ fighting inflammatory substances that prevent infection to the site of the injury.
However, when inflammation sticks around for a long time, making it chronic, it can trigger illness because the immune system attacks healthy tissues. ...
Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and family for a party to celebrate the patriotic holiday and have fun together. For many people, this gathering means a cookout or picnic. While you are planning the menu for the event, it is important to keep in mind any dietary limitations or guidelines for your elderly parent.
You want your loved one to be able to enjoy the gathering as much as everyone else, while also ensuring they stay healthy. ...
Appetite changes are common in the elderly. It can be side effects of medications keeping them from eating. Problems with dentures that don't fit correctly can be an issue. It can simply be changing taste buds that make foods taste different.
If your parent is showing no interest in meals, talk to the doctor first. It's important to rule out medical reasons for the lack of appetite. If that passes, there are ways to get your parent to eat.
Switch to Multiple Snacks ...
There are many conditions that can make eating difficult for older adults. Their hands may shake, making food fall from their fork or spoon. Or, arthritic hands might have difficulty holding the fork at all. Other conditions that may affect the ability to eat are stroke, dementia, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Eating can also be hard because of health problems that affect the mouth or digestive system.
If you’re a family caregiver to an older adult who has difficulty eating, here ...
Keeping your elderly family member healthy and happy involves helping her to get the nutritional balance that she needs. Here are some ways you can assess how well your senior is doing in her quest for eating well and what you can do to help.
Does She Have Plenty of Healthy Food Choices?
If your senior is stuck in a rut or she hasn't been to the store in a while, you might not see much variety in her fridge and pantry. This ...
When you think about food safety, the first thing you think about might be whether the food is thoroughly cooked. What can be more important is how the food is stored before and after it's cooked. If you haven't paid much attention to how your elderly family member is storing her food, it might be time to take a closer look.
Check Whether the Food Requires Refrigeration
Some foods require refrigeration, but that may not have been how your family stored them ...
Chances are you’re familiar with the discomfort of heartburn—that burning feeling you get in your chest. It’s uncomfortable for sure. Heartburn happens when stomach acid gets into the esophagus. This can happen when the sphincter that closes to keep food down in the stomach relaxes or becomes weak.
Heartburn can happen to anyone, including seniors. If your parent occasionally suffers from heartburn, there are many things you can do to help ease the discomfort and prevent heartburn from recurring. Below are some ...