Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
In the United States today, the proportion of people aged 65 or older more than doubled from 4% in 1900 to about 12% in 2000. This number continues to climb at a rapid rate and today there are more senior citizens in the U.S. than ever before.
Because everything related to health is also related to dollars, staying healthy and avoiding some potentially costly mistakes could help keep costs down and lifespan up.
Mom’s Meals, an expert in senior nutrition, offers three mistakes to avoid – for ourselves and for those we care for as they age.
Mistake #1: Not asking for help and not accepting limitations.
Many of us find it difficult to admit the need for, and ask for, help. Admitting the pings and pangs of aging is difficult, especially when those who are aging are used to being the caregivers themselves. But there is no shame in adding grab bars in the bathroom, an extra pair of glasses in the kitchen, a hearing aid, and occasional in-home care to help with everyday upkeep.
Health concerns such as lack of appetite, incontinence, constipation, jaw pain, and the like should be discussed with a healthcare professional. Treating these early can help prevent more serious problems, as they are often the early warning signs of something far more serious.
Mistake #2: Not paying attention to nutrition.
Sometimes overlooked by the healthcare industry as a key component in overall health and recuperation, good nutrition plays a serious role. Contributing to heart health, muscle and bone health, speed of recovery, and energy and vitality, having nutritious meals on hand, especially for those on a disease-specific diet, can make a huge difference.
When no longer able to cook or shop, or recuperating at home after a hospitalization, meal delivery services can be a godsend. Look for companies like Mom’s Meals which offers fresh-made, home delivered meals that the customer can choose, including those needing diabetic-friendly or renal-friendly options.
“When discharged from the hospital, in addition to paying attention to medications and follow-up appointments, it is crucial we all have healthy food to eat, which helps speed the recuperation process,” said Elizabeth Elliott, Registered Dietitian at Mom’s Meals.
Mistake #3: Not staying active and involved.
Many seniors find their limited mobility, often and potentially embarrassing health concerns, and fixed incomes make socializing and staying active more difficult. But staying involved with friends, a religious institution, and community are important for both mental and physical health. Studies have shown that seniors who share meals with others are more likely to get proper nutrition and seniors who stay active are less likely to fall and injure themselves.
Mom’s Meals is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States, including meals for those with heart-healthy, gluten-free, veggie, low carb, Renal, and Diabetic diets.