11/11/13: Anyone caring for a senior who eats very slowly faces the problem of how to keep their food warm for an extended period of time. A company called HotSmartUSA puts out a line of plates, bowls and coffee mugs designed to heat quickly in a microwave and keep their heat for 30 minutes or more. The center of the plate remains hot while the rim stays cool for handling with bare hands.
11/08/13: A Mayo Clinic study suggests that overeating might double the risk of memory loss or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in seniors. MCI is the middle stage of memory loss between normal aging-related memory loss and early Alzheimer’s disease.
“We observed a dose-response pattern which simply means; the higher the amount of calories consumed each day, the higher the risk of MCI,” said the study’s author Yonas E. Geda, MD, MSc. “Cutting calories and eating foods that make up a healthy diet may be a simpler way to prevent memory loss as we age.”
The ElderEats overeating section has tips and tricks for dealing with the tendency among seniors to eat too much.
11/05/13: The National Institutes of Health recommends making gradual changes to a senior’s diet to make it healthier overall. Removing the salt shaker is one key change, adding fruits and vegetables another, switching whole grain for white bread a third. Keeping it gradual is an effective tactic for a senior who might be still adjusting to a home care environment.
10/29/13: Omega-3 rich oils can help fight age-related eye diseases. A study by the Research Center on Aging at the Health and Social Services Centre - University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke in Canada concluded that a diet rich in omega-3 fats and olive oil could reduce the risk of diseases of the retina. The ElderEats section on Eating Strategies for good fats and bad fats suggests appropriate omega-3 foods.