Seniors Want to Stay Home

A recent AARP survey found that, for adults over the age of 65, 88% indicated that they would prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. As the aging-in-place movement continues to grow, new alternatives to nursing home or assisted living arrangements make remaining in the community a more feasible option for many older adults. One alternative that is becoming popular is the “senior village” model of community living. The village is typically a grassroots organization that helps coordinate daily living, social, and recreational activities for seniors in the area. For an annual fee, participants can receive discounted services or work with volunteers to obtain needed service

Senior Care Technology: 4 Innovative Products

We’ll be the first to admit that, when it comes to caregiving, we are new technology nerds. From smarter videoconferencing to robotic care providers, we’ve explored many of the tech trends in caregiving, particularly in senior care. A recent event, the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, showcased senior technology trends and products as part of the annual Aging in America conference in Chicago. The topics and presentations are too many to review in detail here, but we thought we’d highlight a few of the new products that grabbed our attention as home caregivers. Here are four innovations that caught our eye: Cubigo Based primarily on a video and messaging platform, Cubigo utilizes a series

Healthy Nutrition for Older Adults, Part III:

5 Tips for Better Eating Habits In the second part of our series, we looked at the five most important elements of a healthy diet. Today, we close with five additional tips to promote healthier eating habits in older adults. Although based upon nutritional science, the following are all common-sense ways to promote dietary health: Eat a nutrient-packed diet. A healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Fruits — Whole fruits provide more dietary fiber than juices. Strive for 1½ – 2 servings each day. Vegetables – Fresh veggies are the most nutritious (and tastiest). The average diet needs 2 – 2 ½ cups per day. Grains – Select whole-grain over processed white

Healthy Nutrition for Older Adults, Part II:

5 Most Important Elements of a Senior Diet In Part I of this series, we talked about the difficulties many older adults have in maintaining a healthy diet. Physical and lifestyle changes often lead to poor eating habits and even malnutrition. We also discussed how seniors’ caloric needs are less, so each calorie needs to have maximum nutritional value. So let’s take a look at the five most important elements of any senior’s diet. By ensuring that you or a loved one have the following as a regular part of a healthy diet, you will go a long way toward reducing health risks: Fiber – We tend to think of dietary fiber as keeping us “regular,” but fiber has many more benefits. It can lower one’s r

Healthy Nutrition for Older Adults, Part I:

6 Obstacles to Healthy Eating As we grow older, our need for good nutrition is greater than ever, in order to fuel our aging bodies and reduce the risk of illness. Ironically, our nutritional habits often deteriorate with age. This fact explains many of the health woes that seniors often face. They can range from hypertension to a weakened immune system. On the other hand, healthy eating habits promote a healthier aging process. Eating the right foods and portions keeps our bones, organs, and muscles strong, while it boosts our natural immunity and helps fight off disease. The right diet reduces the risk of many health maladies, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. In addition t

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