The Golden Years

How To Maintain a Healthy Routine?   

Deena Imbriglia, Home Instead Senior Care

Eat a healthy diet.Focus on Nutrient-Rich Foods.  Although your caloric needs may decrease, your nutrient needs may increase. Eating nutrient-rich foods will help you get the vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fats you need. Get most of your calories from nutrient-dense foods such as: fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein. Limit high caloric foods. 

Eat enough fiber.  Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system and helps to avoid constipation and other problems. Good sources of fiber include: fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, oats and oat bran and whole grains. Fiber supplements, like Metamucil might also help your fiber intake. 

Choose healthier convenience foods. If you rely on convenience foods, choose the healthiest options. Examples of these foods include: frozen or low-sodium canned vegetables, frozen unsweetened fruit or low-sugar canned fruit, precooked grilled turkey or rotisserie chicken, low-sodium canned soup or stews, bagged salads or coleslaw mix, instant oatmeal, steamer bags of veggies in the produce or freezer sections of grocery stores.

Consider supplements. It may be difficult to get some nutrients in your diet. If so, consult your doctor regarding a vitamin or mineral supplement such as calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium or Vitamin B-12. 

Stay hydrated. As you age, you may not notice when you’re thirsty. Make sure you’re drinking fluids on a regular basis. Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Juice, tea, soup, or water-rich fruits and vegetables can also provide a supplemental water source.Stay social. When you can, eat with friends and family members. Social interaction can turn mealtimes into an enjoyable affair, rather than a chore you’d rather skip.

 

 

 

Home Instead Senior Care
7058 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003
703-740-6644   .   www.homeinstead.com
(In the Annandale Shopping Center at Gallows Road)

ABOUT:  Home Instead is the largest provider of Home Care services with locations across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Our local Southern Fairfax County franchise is the largest in Virginia and has an outstanding reputation in serving our community for over 15 years. 

Our Team works closely to schedule and provide services from companion care, light housekeeping, laundry, organizing closets, changing bed linens, transportation, watering plants, cooking, and preparing meals to physical assistance such as helping you to walk, groom, shower, dress, use the restroom or change incontinent products, assist in feeding, provide medication reminders, and some nursing services.   

We find it a privilege to enhance and support our community members who need assistance, whether it is for 4 hours a couple times a week, or around the clock care.   We are located next to Silverado Restaurant at 7058 Columbia Pike in Annandale and can be reached 24 hours a day at is 703-750-6644.

 

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