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What’s for dinner tonight? Why not healthy salmon (check out this recipe)…

August 28th, 2013 1 Comment

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Dinner Idea: Salmon Teriyaki with Mango Salsa Sauce

When planning dinner for your family or loved ones in NJ elder care, you want to serve something delicious as well as healthy. Salmon is one of the healthier fish. It’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and B vitamins. Omega-3 fats help to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation can be the root cause of health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. This salmon recipe is tasty, healthy, and colorful with its mango salsa sauce. Check out a article with photos of other ways to prepare salmon:


Did you know how nutrition-packed nuts are? Check it out…

May 28th, 2013 No Comments

Did you know nuts are packed with nutrition? These crunchy morsels are filled with vitamins such as vitamin E; minerals such as zinc, potassium, selenium, and magnesium; protein; fiber; and good type of fats. They’re high in antioxidants, and help reduce cholesterol. Are you in NJ elder care, a family caregiver of a finicky eater? Try giving your loved one nuts to snack on.

Ten especially good nuts:

  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pine nuts

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What have you eaten today? March is National Nutrition Month, so make your meals count!

March 5th, 2013 No Comments

March has arrived…and that means it’s once again National Nutrition Month! Family caregivers involved in NJ elder care—it’s critical your older parent or loved one eats nutritionally. Their health depends on it! Read our March Community Resource Bulletin to learn what nutrients are essential for seniors, as well as helpful nutrition tips.

Lower your risk of developing dementia–eat these foods…

March 28th, 2012 No Comments

Seniors, do you want to lower your risk of dementia? An story recommends these foods: beans, citrus, almonds, oily cold-water fish (salmon, herring), dark leafy greens (spinach), coffee, and foods rich in vitamin D (or get some sun). Check out the full story by clicking

Nutritional shakes: are they OK for your older loved one?

March 14th, 2012 No Comments

Is your mom or dad losing weight? Weight loss can be common in seniors (a leading sign of frailty), but is not considered a normal part of aging. Sometimes, caregivers may think that giving their loved one a nutritional shake such as Boost or Ensure will take the place of a nutritious meal. While the drinks may be good as snacks or used in conjunction to the regular meal (check with their doctor to confirm there aren’t special considerations), it’s always best to have the elder eat a nutritious meal.

Other tips on nutrition for seniors who are experiencing weight loss:

  • A low-fat, low-calorie diet isn’t necessary (unless directed by a doctor)
  • Encourage the elder to eat smaller meals more frequently, even before bed
  • Encourage them to eat what they like
  • Check with the doctor for reasons which may be causing the weight loss: thyroid disease, depression, ulcers, dementia, or denture problems

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Seniors, make March your month to eat nutritiously!

March 1st, 2012 No Comments

March is National Nutrition Month. It’s a time to evaluate what you eat in order to live a healthier, happier life. Healthy eating habits benefit everyone–seniors, especially. A good diet can help alleviate health problems, give you a sharper mind, and help stave away certain cancers, heart disease, and osteoporosis. To learn more, check out our resource page, March: National Nutrition Month.

Need to cut back on salt? Check out these 10 hidden sources of sodium…

October 18th, 2011 No Comments

Senior Care topic of the day: Sodium Intake. If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure or need to cut back on your sodium intake for other health reasons, you may be surprised by 10 sources of hidden salt. The recommended amount of sodium per day for those with heart failure is between 1,500 to 2,000 mg. Who knew raisin bran could have up to 350 mg of sodium? Or a bagel having 500-700 mg? Even products labeled “reduced salt” can be deceivingly high in sodium.

To learn the top 10 sources of hidden salt, read’s article by visiting For information about nutrition for seniors, check on our NJ elder care resource page for a variety of interesting links.

Over 65? Keep your brain sharp with Vitamin B12

September 27th, 2011 No Comments

Seniors, losing your cognitive abilities isn’t a normal part of aging, and what you eat does have an effect. In a new study published in the journal Neurology, experts found a link between poor nutrition and mental decline in adults over age 65. Specifically, a vitamin B12 deficiency could lead to lower brain volumes and impairment. Eating foods rich in B12, along with exercising, may slow the process of cognitive decline. Foods rich in vitamin B12: shellfish (clams, oyster, lobster, crabs), liver, caviar, fish, beef, lamb, cheese, yogurt, milk, and eggs.

Read more about the study’s findings at Time Magazine’s Healthland website ( Click on our NJ elder care resource page for more information about senior care and nutrition.

The importance of eating better as we age

March 16th, 2011 No Comments

All month long we’re bringing National Nutrition Month to the foreground. Jeffrey Johnson, co-founder of Visiting Angels, has written a timely article about the importance of eating right as we age. Go to to read how our metabolism starts to slow, how our digestive system, appetite, and emotional health starts to change. He also offers dietary guidelines and tips to get the most out of the food we eat.


Nutrition for Seniors: Informational Videos

March 9th, 2011 No Comments

This month we’re spreading the word about National Nutrition Month!

Nutrition is important for everyone, but seniors have special nutritional needs in order to stay energetic, strong, and sharp. We’ve found these terrific educational videos on the Johnson & Johnson Health Channel on YouTube featuring dietitian Elisa Zeid, MS, RD. Check them out!

Source: Johnson & Johnson YouTube Channel