There’s no question about it: Our bodies change as we age. In turn, seniors have very different nutritional needs than teenagers, children, and even middle-aged adults.
Age-related changes can affect how your body processes food, which influences your dietary needs and affects your appetite. These are some of the changes:
Your metabolism slows down. This happens naturally, but it becomes more pronounced if you don’t get as much exercise as you should. When your metabolism slows, your body doesn’t burn as many calories, which means you need to eat less to stay at a healthy weight. As a result, the foods you eat should be as nutrient-rich as possible. Most women with average activity levels need about 1,800 calories per day. Men with an average activity level need about 2,300 calories each day. You’ll need fewer calories if you’re sedentary, more if you are very active.
Your digestive system changes. Your body produces less of the fluids that it needs to process food in your digestive system when you get older. These changes can make it harder for your body to absorb important nutrients like folic
People ages 60 and older who received free bus passes undertook significantly more physically active forms of travel — such as walking or taking the bus — than those who didn’t, a British study found.
Compared with older individuals who had not received a free bus pass, those who received free passes traveled more actively, regardless of whether they were of low or high socioeconomic status, according to Sophie Coronini-Cronberg, MSc, of Imperial College London, and colleagues.
The study also showed older individuals with free bus passes walked significantly more than those without a free pass, they wrote in the Sept. 20 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
In England, a National Bus Pass was introduced for citizens ages 60 and older with limited access in 2006, and was expanded to include all local buses anywhere in England in 2008.
“A key purpose of the concessionary scheme is to increase bus use as a means of reducing social exclusion among older people and, in particular, to ensure access to travel among those on limited incomes,” Coronini-Cronberg
More than 90 million Americans have high blood pressure and/or diabetes. Both of these diseases are leading causes of a silent killer, kidney disease.
For older adults, this is especially critical as studies show an increase of diabetes with aging due to factors such as obesity, decreased activity, and insulin resistance. Because of medical advances in the treatment of diabetes, patients with the disease are living longer, thus leading to more diabetes-related complications, such as kidney disease.
Kidney disease can develop as a result of a number of factors such as genetics, blood sugar, and blood pressure. If a diabetic person can keep his blood pressure under control, he’ll have a better chance of avoiding kidney disease.
The startling thing about kidney disease is that it produces few symptoms until kidney function is practically gone. Actual symptoms aren’t specific—fluid buildup, loss of sleep, poor appetite, and upset stomach—so it is hard to diagnose kidney disease initially. Diabetics need to see their doctors regularly, because they can check blood pressure, urine—for protein—and the blood for waste
Many seniors remain active and capable well into their twilight years, but this doesn’t mean they are immune to the challenges we all face as we age. If you want to ensure the safety of any seniors living in your home (or visiting regularly), here are a few tips and tricks to senior-proof your bathroom.
As we age our bodies deteriorate in a number of ways. In addition to waning reflexes and overall decrease in strength and stability, our senses begin to dull. Sight and hearing loss may be the most notable, but our tactile sensitivity could also decline.
If this happens, seniors may not feel how hot the water is, and this could result in scalds and even burns if your water heater is set too high. The simple fix is to set the maximum temperature on your water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is also a good rule of thumb when you have infants and small children in the house.
Prevent Slips and Trips
There are all kinds of slip, trip, and fall hazards
Our body takes a beating, and as a person ages the damage can begin to show. It is important to combat this damage to ensure a youthful look as a person ages. The best way to do this is to make sure to keep the free radical damage on the body low. Although the term free radical can be complex to understand, the damage they cause, and the ways to help stop the damage is not and can be very beneficial.
A free radical can occur from our bodies normal processes essential to life such as exercise and from external sources. These external sources can include cigarette smoke,certain drugs, x-rays, chemicals, and even the ozone and air contain free radicals. These free radicals attack the molecules in the body. The body naturally fights back with antioxidants, however, when the level of free radicals becomes greater than the antioxidant levels of the body will show signs of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress has been linked to many of our bodies aging diseases like heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, and inflammation diseases. It is important to avoid exposure to the external conditions when possible and to help fight from the inside. One way to do
During Pregnant women will gain more weight and there will be more changes taking place in the body. This change in body size and shape are avoidable and these will occur only when you are healthy during pregnancy. After their delivery all women will be eager to loss their weight and come back to their original size. If you eat well and be active then you will gain your original shape.
Trying quick weight loss:
Many women try to lose their weight very soon by following diets and other things. This will be good only when you follow it for few months but if you continue your diet lifelong then you may face many health problems.
To reach healthy weight: The safest way to reach healthy weight is you should eat healthy and be more active. And if you do exercise it will also help you to maintain good weight. Exercise will reduce your weight slowly and steadily. Always choose nutritious food to maintain good health and to care your baby. This
If you are currently reviewing residential care homes for yourself or a loved one, you have a large variety of options. Permanent care homes for older people may be privately owned or run and operated by councils or charities. Some care homes are based in home-like settings whilst others look more like large communal centres.
One of the considerations you have to make is whether the residential care home should provide nursing care or standard personal care. Choosing to live in a care home is a major undertaking as it entails changing your residence and potentially paying a large sum of money. Other forms of care may include care at home or assistance with living independently within your home.
You might also consider whether you actually need the amount of care that is on offer at a care home and review other alternatives, including extra care housing schemes or warden-controlled sheltered accommodations. These kinds of alternative can provide independence with an added level of support.
A care home that is designed to provide personal care will ensure that the recipient’s basic personal needs are met. Therefore, you will receive assistance in
With all of the studying and writing that you have to do in college, it can be hard to stay in shape. However, the truth is that there are a lot of ways that you can work in some exercise and stay healthy throughout the week without committing to any kind of strict diet or workout regimen. It’s all about making little lifestyle choices that will keep you in top form without the need to obsess over your waistline or your weight. Here are some low effort ways to stay healthy and fit in college.
Always Take the Stairs
There are usually all kinds of buildings that you will be going in and out of that are multiple stories high in college. For example, Emerson College is a college that consists of only one building, but that building has four stories. If you think about it, four stories isn’t that high to climb, and if you’re climbing the stairs every day, it won’t seem like anything at all. That said, when you start climbing those stairs multiple times each day, you can burn a lot of calories.
Stretch Every Day
When you spend all day in a seated position, your sedentary lifestyle