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Why Maintaining a Healthy Weight is Vital for Seniors

By October 19, 2012Healthy Aging

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for seniors. One important thing to remember, however, is that a healthy weight varies from senior to senior. Not everyone will be healthy at 145lbs, so talking with a primary care doctor about a healthy weight goal for seniors is the first place to start.

 

The Caregivers at LivHOME understand that seniors face many issues when it comes to healthy weight. Being underweight is of great concern and may be linked to not eating enough, not eating the proper foods that meet the needs of an older body, depression or a serious illness.

 

Being overweight is also a problem for seniors, since the extra weight can increase the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Eating a healthy and consistent diet, along with physical activity will preserve muscle and bone strength, helping seniors to maintain their strength and healthy weight as they continue to age.

 

Some of the most important tasks that LivHOME Caregivers can provide seniors attempting to achieve a healthy weight are:

 

  • Eating breakfast every single day
  • Choosing high-fiber foods, such as whole grain breads and pastas, beans, vegetables and fruits
  • Keeping bones strong can be achieved by eating three servings of vitamin-D fortified low or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt
  • Stay hydrated every day by drinking plenty of water
  • Engage in physical activity on a daily basis, such as a short 15 to 30 minute walk

 

Seniors face many obstacles that are both physical and mental as they continue to age. The loss of loved ones, health issues, being on a budget or isolation from society can often be reasons for not eating properly. The LivHOME Caregivers are able to perform the following vital healthy aging tips for seniors looking to maintain a proper weight:

 

  • Ensure seniors get enough quality sleep each night
  • Maintain a social lifeline in order to keep a healthy outlook
  • Seniors should surround themselves with positive people to avoid feelings of depression
  • Remember, it is never too late for seniors to develop and follow a healthy eating plan

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