It’s important to be aware of specific nutrition needs for individual seniors. There are some general rules that apply to most senior adults. Learn more about special senior dietary needs here. Senior adults often suffer from vitamin deficiencies. When preparing meals for seniors, focus on foods that will help increase nutrients, decrease blood pressure, and help provide the energy needed for their daily tasks.

Bonus tip: Have them help you prepare the meal! Some seniors may be interested in helping plan their own menu or even cooking the food. Our mobility products can be very helpful in increasing mobility (and safety!) around the kitchen.

Here are some basic recipes to get you started planning nutritious meals for you and your loved one:

Greek Yogurt Parfait

5-a-Day Salad

Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Lightened-Up Stuffed Peppers

Grilled Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa

 

 

 

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Osteoporosis can make bones brittle and easy to break. But that’s only one reason for preventing falls. Falls can not only break and injure bones, but they can lead to hospitalization or injury death. Here at Stander, we place a high importance on living independently. Increased mobility helps seniors to feel independent and confident. Preventing falls helps their mobility, can keep them feeling more healthy and strong, and keeps them active and out of the hospital.

During the summer, it’s fun to spend more time outdoors. The downside to this is that depending on where you go, you have less control over your surroundings and potential stumbling hazards. Using mobility aids can help to reduce the risk of falling outdoors and so can these tips:

  • Be cautious walking on grass. If the sprinklers have been on recently, grass can be especially slippery! Choose to walk on the sidewalk or a drier spot of grass instead.
  • Using a cane or walker can greatly increase mobility and confidence.
  • Use a bag or purse that has a shoulder strap, back straps, or even consider a fanny pack to keep your hands free.
  • Wear proper prescription lenses – increased vision can be a great help in decreasing falls.
  • Take the steps a little bit slower. Outdoor staircases can be uneven or slippery, take them slowly to ensure stable footing.
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1. Stay Active
Regular exercise has so many benefits. It helps you to maintain your muscle mass and flexibility, it can help you sleep better, and it’s empowering to be able to still get around independently. If you have movement restrictions, consider adaptive exercises and/or mobility aids to help you out.

2. Be Creative
Learning a new craft or hobby can help you stay mentally active and engaged. It’s never too late to learn something new or break out those old calligraphy pens. Creating new things can help you feel valuable. Bonus: get your grandchildren involved!

3. Get Some Rest
Relaxing can really help keep your stress levels down. A little stress can be good for you, but make sure you take time to kick back and let that stress balance out to a healthy level. Don’t forget that you still need a good night’s rest at night. Maintain a good sleeping routine to make your time awake more enjoyable!

4. Eat Well
Make sure you’re getting the proper vitamins and nutrients you need in your diet. Reduce the risk of diseases by eating a diet rich in veggies, fruits, and foods that are rich in omega-3s. Find healthy foods that you enjoy and treat yourself to them regularly!

5. Enjoy!
Last, but not least, enjoy your age! Who ever said that aging has to be a depressing thing. There are wonderful aspects of every age. Don’t waste your days wishing you were still young, embrace where you’re at in life and enjoy every minute. Focus on things you love and you can become happier as you age.

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Losing a loved one or friend can be a tough thing for anyone to go through. For senior adults, loss can be an especially tough thing to handle. Aging can bring a time of many losses: loss of independence, loss of physical strength, loss of memory, and often, the loss of many friends in a short period of time. As peers, spouses, friends, and even children start to pass away, senior adults can feel as though they’ve lost their emotional support system as well – this can make handling further loss especially tough.

Grief is a natural human process that can occur for many reasons, but is often associated with loss and death. It takes time to heal and go through the grieving process. Additionally, people tend to handle grief in different ways and for different amounts of time. We realize there is no one-size-fits-all answer for helping someone you love through these tough times, but we’ve collected some general tips for helping a senior adult in your care heal and recover from loss.

  • Give them a support system. Ensure that you are there to help them and are willing to listen. Help them stay in touch with other close family and friends who can be an emotional support at this tough time.
  • Help them to consider their own physical and emotional needs. Grieving can cause distress and disrupt sleep schedules. Help them to maintain a healthy diet, sleep well, and keep their immune system functioning well.
  • Be understanding. You can help them to maintain a routine that will help them to feel positive about their life, but be understanding when they aren’t feeling up to attending certain social events or activities. Give them alone time when they need it.
  • Be genuinely caring. Try to offer heartfelt sentiments and talk to them about their friend or loved one in a caring way instead of offering trite sayings or sentiments. Sometimes it means more to feel sorrow with them than to be positive all the time.
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Getting a good night’s rest is essential for your health no matter your age. Changing to sleeping patterns are a normal part of the aging process. Physicians often use a person’s sleeping patterns as a gauge of how their health is doing. Not sleeping well can often be a sign of illness or depression. Additionally, daytime and nighttime drowsiness increases the chance of falls and related injuries. There are so many reasons to improve your sleeping abilities.

Here are some general tips for improving your sleep that can apply to any age.

Noise keeping you up/waking you? Does someone in your house snore? Maybe there are little ones up at odd hours or a noisy heater that kicks on at 3 AM. Sleeping with earplugs can greatly improve your sleeping. A white-noise machine or switching rooms can also help to eliminate those noises that are disrupting your sleep. You can even download a white-noise app for your phone at a much lower cost than a white-noise machine.

Lights On/Lights Off During the day, exposing yourself to sunlight helps to regulate your melatonin levels. At night, artificial lights can lower your melatonin levels and prevent you from feeling sleepy. Getting an appropriate amount of sunlight during the day and using low-wattage bulbs at night can help to balance that melatonin and improve your natural sleep cycle. Limiting “screen time” before bed can also help with this. Additionally, using an eye mask or room darkening curtains can help to keep your bedtime surroundings dark and keep you from stirring in the middle of your REM cycle.

Create a routine and stick with it. Our bodies work on circadian rhythms. When we throw off that rhythm, we have a harder time sleeping. Once you pick a bedtime, try to get to bed at that that time every night – and make sure you’re waking up at the same time in the mornings too. Helping to regulate your body’s clock can greatly improve your sleep. Make relaxing before your bed time a part of this routine. Take time to wind down, avoid phones and television, and let yourself let go of your stresses from the day.

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Today is National “Go Fishing” Day! We know that not all seniors love fishing, but we believe that recreation is an important part of anyone’s well-being. So, in celebration of this fun holiday, we’ve created a list of fun recreation ideas for seniors. Our list includes ideas for seniors with a range of mobile abilities. Many of these ideas are also adaptable to fit the needs of someone with less mobility – either by altering the activity or providing mobility aides.

  • Go for a walk
  • Ride a bike
  • Head to the gym
  • Visit the pool
  • Birdwatching
  • Nature walk/hike
  • Tai Chi
  • Volunteer
  • Bake
  • Quilt or sew
  • Make pottery
  • Learn woodworking
  • Go to the theater
  • Join a club
  • Go fishing
  • Go to the theater
  • Learn photography
  • Visit family
  • Go boating
  • Dance!
  • Garden
  • Play board/card games
  • Look at old photos
  • Do a puzzle
  • Play with the grandkids

What are some other ideas you might add?

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In celebration of Adopt-A-Cat Month, we thought we’d share a little bit of information about how a pet can be a great companion to a senior in your care.

Companion animals can help to improve anyone’s physical and mental health through lowered stress levels and blood pressure. Pets can help those who are feeling lonely to feel like the have a friend. Pets also provide an opportunity to care for something, and sometimes that’s just what someone needs is a chance to care about an animal and take care of its needs. Animals can provide a fulfilling relationship in so many ways.

Having a pet can also help seniors to establish a routine that brings meaning to their days. Pets have to rely on their owners for many needs and many of those needs can be met by a senior, especially with mobility aids to help them get around the house. Does the dog need to go for a walk? Now the senior owner has a reason to exercise or take their wheelchair for a spin outside of the house too!

When out and about, pets can also help seniors to make new friends! Many pet owners frequent the same places and share in similar activities. Your cat could be the perfect conversation starter to forge a new friendship.

Overall, having a pet can be a great experience for a senior in your care. Having a pet can help seniors achieve more independence in their day-to-day life – something we’re really big fans of.

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We had the opportunity this past month to support CAPSA by participating in the the CAPSA 5k Night Run and the CAPSA Golf Tournament to raise money. We love opportunities like this to support great causes.
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  • Get Moving!
    Physically active adults tend to rate their sleep satisfaction higher. Find an exercise within your interests and abilities and get moving.
  • Relax.
    Worrying about whether or not you’ll be able to sleep right before bed uses your brain in a way that can actually make insomnia worse.
  • Light’s out.
    A dark room signals to the brain that it’s time to sleep. Sometimes, just getting darker curtains can make all the difference.
  • Less Caffeine.
     Drinking caffeine later in the day (especially right before bed) tells your body to stay awake. Cut down on the caffeine and save it for earlier in your day.
  • Get Comfortable!
    Nobody likes sleeping in a lumpy bed! Invest in better pillows, nice mattresses, and enough bedding to regulate your temperature throughout the night.
  • Stay Safe.
    Anxiety and worry can busy your mind and keep you from getting the rest you need. Invest in products like our Safety Bed Rail to give you peace of mind and ensure that any tossing and turning won’t toss you right out of bed.
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We’re not talking about how to stop aging or keep the candles on your birthday cake below 40 forever. When we say “stay young” we mean how to keep the livelihood and independence in your life. Here are some tips that can apply to any age!

  • Make new goals.
    Dream big and make goals for yourself! Using your imagination will keep your mind active and help inspire you to stay active and capable of accomplishing your dreams.
  • Read more.
    Reduce stress, improve your memory, learn more, expand your vocabulary… these are all great benefits of reading more. Bonus: reading is an inexpensive hobby that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
  • Play!
    Aren’t we all a little jealous of the endless energy little kids seem to have? Spend some time joining them in their favorite activities. Whether it’s playing catch in the back yard or learning a new trick on their favorite video game. Recreation is an important part of life. Release stress and build your relationships with those you care about.
  • Exercise.
    Active living helps to connect your mind and your body. Regular physical activity helps to lower your risk for a variety of conditions. Find adaptable exercise routines that fit your needs to help you look and feel younger.
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