Understanding What Sarcopenia Is and How It Will Affect Your Mom

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Have you ever heard of the health condition called sarcopenia? Learn more about what sarcopenia is and how it will affect your mom’s physical and mental health. With the right care plan, sarcopenia doesn’t have to keep her from enjoying her favorite hobbies and activities.

Home Health Care Mansfield OH - Understanding What Sarcopenia Is and How It Will Affect Your Mom

Home Health Care Mansfield OH – Understanding What Sarcopenia Is and How It Will Affect Your Mom

Understand What Sarcopenia Is

Sarcopenia is a medical condition that affects as many as 16 percent of the elderly. It’s a condition related to getting older where muscle mass diminishes. It occurs in people who lead more sedentary lifestyles, but that’s not the only factor. Hormonal changes and diet can also impact muscle health.

Muscle loss can start happening as early as 40 and increases faster after the mid-70’s. When this happens, the risk of falling increases. This increases the risk of fracturing a bone. Sarcopenia can also make it harder to do things around the home. Climbing the stairs, strenuous cleaning chores like scrubbing the bathtub, and carrying in groceries may become difficult.

What Stops Sarcopenia?

Daily exercise is important at keeping muscles strong. Your mom needs to aim for a minimum of 30 minutes at least 5 days a week of exercise. If possible, arrange for her to attend a fitness class at a local gym or senior center that works on fall prevention. Resistance training is ideal.

Your mom’s diet cannot be low on protein. It’s estimated that up to 41 percent of women over the age of 50 do not eat enough protein. Your mom needs to boost protein intake if she’s not getting enough. Women who are not overly active need 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. If your mom weighs 150 pounds, she needs to eat 54 grams of protein each day.

Your mom’s diet also needs to focus on antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, berries, and citrus fruits are a good start.

Make Sure She’s Safe at Home

Take steps to make her home safer. If she’s having a harder time walking up and down the stairs, install sturdy rails that she can use for support. They need to be anchored to studs so that they don’t come loose when she uses them. Put in grab bars near the toilet and bathtub/shower.

When your mom is diagnosed with sarcopenia, it doesn’t have to affect her ability to live in her home. Home health care services help her with any challenges she faces. You can help when you can, but you have caregivers available to keep her safe and active when you’re busy with work, errands, or family responsibilities. Talk to our home health care specialist to find out more.

Sources:  https://www.iofbonehealth.org/what-sarcopenia

If you are considering Home Health Care Services in Mansfield OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.