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Thirsty or not, older people need to stay hydrated…

March 3rd, 2014 1 Comment

The Importance of Seniors Staying Hydrated

March is National Nutrition Month. Good nutrition and staying hydrated go hand-in-hand. Is your senior loved one getting enough fluids? Dehydration may be a significant problem with seniors, especially in the winter months, when they don’t “feel” thirsty. Health problems such as eczema, fatigue, depression, fatigue, headaches, and more can occur when one is dehydrated. The general rule of thumb is that each person should drink at least 8 glasses of fluids each day. Drink up!

Read more about dehydration in seniors during winter.


Are you celebrating National Date Week? The fruit, that is…

February 20th, 2014 No Comments

February 15-22 is National Date Week

Dates are not only delicious and naturally sweet, they’re also nutritious! Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, iron, and potassium. These minerals can help to lower blood pressure. A diet rich in fiber will help the digestive system, helping to avoid constipation and even colon cancer.

Other health benefits targeted to the older population include helping reduce the risk of stroke, helping to prevent hemorrhoids, helping to relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, and reducing the risk of getting colitis.

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe, visit the California Dates website:


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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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.

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