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"Healthy" Foods Your Aging Parent Should Avoid

By: Marissa Salvesen
January 20th, 2015

With so many Americans committed to eating right, it’s not exactly surprising that food manufacturers are responding with more fat-free, sugar-free and low-sodium options than ever. However, distinguishing healthy foods from “healthy” foods can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to promoting nutritious eating habits for your aging loved one. These four foods may be less healthy than you think. 

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Happy, Healthy Holidays: Low Salt, Low Sugar and Low Fat Options

By: Marissa Salvesen
December 16th, 2014

While eating right at any time of the year is challenging, doing so during the holidays can feel downright impossible. However, with some advance planning and a commitment to limiting sugar, salt and fat during your holiday meal preparation, you can help your family members -- including your aging loved one -- sail through the season and start the new year off right.

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5 Ways to Revive Your Loved One’s Appetite

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 18th, 2014

While appetite changes are a natural part of the aging process, adequate nutrition remains a significant concern for older seniors.

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10 Cholesterol-Lowering Tips for Older Adults

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 16th, 2014

More than 100 million Americans are at an increased risk for heart disease due to high cholesterol. Although this issue affects people of all ages, older adults are particularly at risk.

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Sleeping Pills for Seniors: Healthy or A Hazard?

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 11th, 2014

Sleep can be elusive at any stage of life, but seniors are commonly afflicted by sleep problems, such as insomnia and night waking.

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Let’s Get Stronger!!!

By: Dianne Terrace | MS, CPT
September 2nd, 2014

There is a common, but erroneous belief that people must put up with the loss of strength and muscle degeneration that comes with advancing age.

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Sweet and Healthy Snacks for Seniors

By: Marissa Salvesen
August 19th, 2014

If your aging loved one has a sweet tooth -- and let’s face it, who doesn’t -- you may be concerned about the excess consumption of sugar. The good news? Many healthy, delicious treats fulfill cravings without compromising health.

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4 Weekly Activities to Improve Senior Heart Health

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 3rd, 2014

Approximately 715,000 Americans suffer from heart attacks every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease remains the country’s leading cause of death for both men and women. While these statistics may seem overwhelming, there is hope: people can reduce their risk of heart disease by taking control of their cardiovascular health. While some risk factors, such as age and family history, can’t be changed, others can be mitigated by beneficial lifestyle changes.

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Senior Living Tips: 5 Super Foods for Seniors

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 17th, 2013

Super foods are nutrient-packed powerhouses, yet, even without any solid medical definition, it is common knowledge that people who eat super foods are healthier than others. When you think of super foods, sweet potatoes, blueberries and avocadoes come to mind but there may be as many as 50 or more of these powerful foods around.  But let’s focus on five specific groups of super foods recommended for a senior citizen’s diet, primarily to reduce inflammation—the single biggest cause of fatigue and autoimmune disease which overwhelms the body as we age.

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