Lifestyle & Nutrition Tips for Seniors

4 months ago ·

Lifestyle & Nutrition Tips for Seniors

A healthy diet is fundamental to everyone, but it is even more important as you’re getting older. It helps to support your energy, fight diseases and infections and minimizes the chances to develop chronic health conditions.

As you age, your nutritional needs and eating habits change.

Starting with calories: you don’t need as much of them as you get older. So it’s important to watch your diet because it becomes easier to eat more calories than you burn, leading to weight gain. Not to mention you become less active as you age, burning less calories and slowing down your metabolism, which also lowers your caloric needs.

But becoming overweight shouldn’t be your only concern. A loss of appetite can also happen: is extremely common to lose some of your sense of smell and taste, causing you to eat less. Even though you’re probably burning less calories, it is still important to eat enough to maintain your organs healthy.

So how can you maintain a healthy diet? Let’s find out!

First of all, it’s important to eat foods from all groups. Your diet should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean meat, and should also be low in saturated and trans fat.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans says that a healthy eating pattern includes:

  • A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups—dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits
  • Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy (look for those fortified with vitamin D for bone health!), including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
  • A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products
  • Oils

It’s also important to limit your alcohol consumption! You can eat extremely healthy, but alcohol and tobacco use can make all your efforts go down the drain.

Bonus tip: add physical activity!

Imagine this scenario: you’re eating a healthy diet, going easy on alcohol and steering clear of tobacco – add some exercises to your daily routine and you’re on track to age as best as you can! There’s no need to go over the top with the exercises: 30 minutes a day is enough. You can even break these 30 minutes into 10 minutes sessions. But don’t forget to consult a doctor before engaging in a new exercise program.

A healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to have a healthy life as you get older. Research shows that 1 in every 4 older Americans have poor nutrition. But you’re not going to be one of them! Here at Excellence Assisted Living Facility, we have a fully prepared team to cook what’s best for you! Schedule a tour today or call us if you have any questions. We’d love to hear from you!

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4 Health Benefits of a Warmer Climate

4 months ago ·

4 Health Benefits of a Warmer Climate

Do you love to snuggle in front of a fire during a chilly winter? Or maybe you’d prefer to be able to go to the beach all year around, not having to really worry about the colder months? Everyone has a favorite season of the year, but despite personal preferences, there’s actually some good health reasons to prefer a warmer climate. Maybe some hotter days are just what the doctor ordered!

Let’s see some of the benefits that come with a warmer climate:

1. More Vitamin D

Vitamin D can prevent cancer, improve your bone health and it also gives you more energy. And how do you get more Vitamin D? With sunlight exposure! Even though this vitamin is extremely important, the Central Washington University’s researchers said that over 77% of people aren’t getting enough vitamin D because of a lack of sunlight. This alone should be a good reason to consider moving to a state with a warmer climate.

2. Physical Health

I don’t know about you, but it’s extremely difficult to get out of the house for a jog in a gray and cold weather. And that’s actually backed by scientific research – people are much more active during the summertime. That means that in a warmer climate region, exercise is much more likely to become a part of your routine. But don’t forget your sunscreen!

3. Improved Memory

I bet you didn’t think the cold was affecting you memory, did you? Well, research shows that your mental performance and your alertness is at its best when your body temperature is high. A warmer climate, therefore, will keep you sharp and with a better memory. Your days of losing the car keys are over!

4. Your Hearth and Lungs Will Thank You

The cold weather can negatively impact your heart and respiratory system. What happens is when your body tries to regulate its temperature, your blood pressure can increase beyond what’s healthy, even causing long-term damage. On the other hand, as you probably guessed by now, a warmer climate can help protect these sensible organs.

Some people love the cold, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! But if you’re suffering with some freezing temperatures and are looking for some extra reasons to make a decision to move to a warmer climate, we just gave you four good ones! Excellence is an Assisted Living Facility located in Orlando, Florida. In case you didn’t know, we have summer all year around! Schedule a tour today and come see for yourself!

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High Blood Pressure: How To Eat Well to Prevent It

9 months ago ·

High Blood Pressure: How To Eat Well to Prevent It

Research shows that 1 in every four American adults has high blood pressure, or hypertension. This disease is a major risk for heart and kidney diseases. But first, what is high blood pressure? Hypertension refers to the pressure of blood against your artery walls. Overtime, it can cause blood vessel damage, leading to strokes and other problems. It’s considered a silent killer, because often there are no symptoms whatsoever, so the disease can go untreated and unnoticed for years. We can’t control a lot of the risk factors, like age, family history, gender and race. But there are things such as exercise and diet that’s completely in your reach.

First of all, maintaining a healthy weight is paramount. Being overweight can make you two to six times more likely to develop high blood pressure. Also, people who are physically active have a lower risk of getting this disease (20% to 50% lower risk). So get active, lose some weight, and you’re on the right track!

But you came here for the food, right? Let’s see some nutrients that help preventing high blood pressure:

Magnesium: if you don’t get enough of it, your blood pressure rises. But doctors don’t recommend taking a supplement for it – the amount you get from a healthy diet is enough. You can find magnesium in whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and dry peas and beans.

Garlic: research shows that not only does garlic lower your blood pressure, but it also improves cholesterol and reduces some cancers.

Potassium: eating foods rich in potassium can prevent your blood pressure from rising. A supplement isn’t necessary: you can get enough of it from your diet. Many fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, and fish are good sources of potassium.

Reduce Sodium: even a small reduction in sodium in your diet can go a long way in lowering your blood pressure. In general, people shouldn’t eat more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. However, people over the age of 51 shouldn’t eat more than 1500 milligrams a day.

Alcohol: alcohol can be good and bad for your blood pressure. If taken in small amounts, it can potentially lower your hypertension. However, if more than a drink per day for people over the age of 65, that protective effect is lost, and it can cause your blood pressure to rise.

So there you have it! Cut back on alcohol and salt, get some exercise done, and go for garlic, potassium and magnesium. Let’s see those blood pressure numbers drop!

Here at Excellence Assisted Living Facility we make sure everybody is keeping a balanced a healthy diet. Schedule a tour and come visit us!

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How to Choose a Good Assisted Living Facility

9 months ago ·

How to Choose a Good Assisted Living Facility

The decision to move to an Assisted Living Facility isn’t easy. Deciding which one to choose can be ever harder. There are a lot of them throughout the United States, and the amount of options can be quite overwhelming.

The first step is to think what your needs and desires are. How do you want your new home to be? Also consider the neighborhood – some people prefer a place that has entertainment and stores around. Other might prefer something that’s near a major hospital, or that’s closest to family members. It’s also important to think about the amenities you’d like. A pool, a cinema, salons – these are some of the things that Assisted Living Facilities offer.

Then you need to consider what kind of safety features you need now and might need in the future. Now, a simple grab bar in the shower may suffice, but in the future you might need assistance to shower and get dressed. It’s important to evaluate your needs for the present, but also for the years to come. After all, this is a long-term change.

Once you know what you need and what you’d like, it’s time to set a budged. How much are you willing to spend? Now it’s also time to prioritize the things you want and start looking for assisted living facilities that match your needs and the budget that you’ve set.

Now it’s time to schedule the tour! Take a good look to see if the grounds are well kept, if the people already living there are friendly and happy, and if there are appropriate safety measures in place. During the tour, it’s paramount to ask all the important questions, for instance: Can I have a pet? Can I have my own furniture? Can I come and go as I please? Think of all the scenarios that could happen, and make sure to know how those scenarios would be handled there. Remember to ask about the fees, rules and regulations of that assisted living facility as well. Once you’ve had all your questions answered, we also recommend visiting the place at least once during the day and during the night.

Once you and your family are happy with the place, it’s time to move! We all know that moving to an Assisted Living Facility can be scary, overwhelming and intimidating. But we’re also happy to say that Excellence Assisted Living Facility checks all the boxes mentioned in this article, and we would be more than happy to make your transition as seamless and easy as possible. We would love to have you for a tour and we’re ready to answer all your questions! Come say hi!

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