Independent research conducted by the Boomer Project (www.boomerproject.com) for the Home Instead Senior Care network of 407 Canadian adult caregivers revealed that nutrition and related issues had a significant impact on their senior loved ones’ health and well-being. Making sure that older adults for whom they care were eating properly was a high priority for these caregivers.
The most prevalent risk factors are;
• They take three or more prescribed or over-the-counter drugs per day.
• They have an illness or condition that made them change their diets.
• They have gained or lost more than 4.5 kilograms (10 lbs) in the last six months without trying.
• They are on special diets because of a medical condition.
The importance of nutrition to healthy aging is why Home Instead Senior Care has launched the Cooking Under Pressure nutrition campaign to provide education and support to seniors and their family members who are sometimes stressed-out by the demands of caregiving. Inability to shop and cook can be major challenges to eating healthy, especially among recently hospital-discharged older adults.
A website at www.foodsforseniors.com provides additional information, research and resources.
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