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Are Bananas Healthy for the Elderly in Des Moines, IA
Are Bananas Healthy for the Elderly in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on February 1, 2019

The appetite changes with age. Seniors may be unable to tolerate certain foods, which is why it’s important for them to eat nutrient-dense foods that are both satisfying and healthy. Bananas are one such food, and in addition to being easy to tolerate, they offer several health benefits. Promote Healthy Blood Pressure One of the top reasons bananas are good for the elderly is because they’re rich sources of potassium,…

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Sit-Down Exercises for Older Adults in Des Moines, IA
Sit-Down Exercises for Older Adults in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on January 25, 2019

Exercise is essential at every stage of life, but seniors with mobility issues might face difficulty with conventional aerobic and strength training activities. Thankfully, there are plenty of exercises appropriate for aging adults of every mobility level. Here are five exercises that can be performed while sitting down. 1. Ankle and Wrist Warm-Ups Poor circulation is common among seniors. For aging adults with circulatory issues, it’s important to warm up…

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Healthy Foods for Seniors with Parkinson's Disease in Des Moines, IA
Healthy Foods for Seniors with Parkinson's Disease in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on January 18, 2019

While eating a particular diet won’t cure Parkinson’s disease, it can still boost a senior’s overall health. Eating certain foods may also combat symptoms of the disease and encourage certain drugs to work better. Just make sure your senior loved one discusses any major dietary changes with a doctor if he or she is taking medication for Parkinson’s, because certain foods can impact some drugs. With that in mind, here…

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How Can Seniors Increase Their Energy Level in Des Moines, IA
How Can Seniors Increase Their Energy Level in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on January 11, 2019

As adults age, they often have difficulty maintaining the energy levels that come naturally to the young. Health conditions, hormonal changes, and environmental factors combine to reduce energy, leaving seniors feeling tired or drowsy. Here are a few ways seniors can boost their energy levels. Stay Hydrated Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest ways to increase energy levels. Thirst often decreases with age, and when seniors don’t feel thirsty,…

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How to Calm Older Adults with Dementia in Des Moines, IA
How to Calm Older Adults with Dementia in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on January 4, 2019

Dementia causes seniors to experience limited social skills, personality changes, irritability, and lack of restraint, among other symptoms. Family caregivers need to develop methods to soothe their aging loved ones and minimize difficult behaviors. Here are some tips you can use when calming a senior loved one with dementia. Communicate Effectively When your loved one becomes agitated, calm the situation by getting to the root of the problem. Ask your…

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How Does Fish Oil Reduce the Risk of Strokes in Des Moines, IA
How Does Fish Oil Reduce the Risk of Strokes in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on December 28, 2018

In recent years, fish oil has been touted as being able to do everything from preventing strokes to speeding a person’s recovery after surviving one. Currently, scientists are still conducting research to find proof of these claims and understand the reasons fish oil is so beneficial, but it is known that there’s a link between getting enough healthy fats in the diet and a lower risk of stroke. Understanding how…

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Enjoyable Daily Activities for Seniors in Des Moines, IA
Enjoyable Daily Activities for Seniors in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on December 21, 2018

Older adults who are enjoying retirement have a lot more free time on their hands to engage in any number of activities. Having something to do on a daily basis keeps seniors emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy. There are many different types of activities seniors might consider trying. 1. Walking Walking can easily be accomplished all year long, indoors or out, and it increases flexibility and balance while strengthening the…

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Tips for Feeding a Senior Parent with Dementia in Des Moines, IA
Tips for Feeding a Senior Parent with Dementia in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on December 14, 2018

Family caregivers often encounter mealtime challenges as their aging loved one’s dementia progresses. You can use these strategies to feed your parent so he or she always get the calories and nutrients needed for healthy functioning. 1. Plan Extra Time for Meals Your loved one’s symptoms may cause him or her to take longer to finish a meal. For example, your loved one may try to get up and wander…

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How to Soften Foods for Seniors in Des Moines, IA
How to Soften Foods for Seniors in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on December 7, 2018

Seniors are sometimes placed on a soft food diet when they have difficulty chewing due to tooth loss or challenges with motor control. Fortunately, you can still make sure your aging loved one gets the nutrition he or she needs by using these ideas to create soft and delicious meals. Select Softer Foods Many healthy foods already come in a soft form. For instance, bananas are soft when fully ripened,…

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Ways to Help Seniors Who Are Resistant in Des Moines, IA
Ways to Help Seniors Who Are Resistant in Des Moines, IA
By Chris Cruse, 9:00 am on November 23, 2018

Trying to help an aging parent who doesn’t want assistance can be frustrating, and you don’t want your insistence to interfere with your relationship. When you feel like you hit a wall, try the following strategies designed to help seniors come around to the idea of accepting care. 1. Get to the Heart of the Matter Older adults often refuse assistance for a reason. For instance, your parent may be…

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