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Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition; in fact, many diseases common among older adults are a direct result of dietary insufficiencies. Making sure that your aging loved has access to balanced meals can be a real challenge for caregivers, especially if mom or dad is living alone.
Every year, The World Health Organization declares a day to be World Health Day, to bring awareness to health issues faced by many people around the world. Millions of people are affected by the same disease everyday, and the World Health Organization wants to bring awareness that no one is alone.
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You’ve heard of the Ides of March, but have you heard about the Eyes of March? March is “Save Your Vision Month” (named by the American Optometric Association) and a great time to evaluate and improve your eye health. The American Optometric Association created "Save Your Vision Month" to bring awareness to eye health and important practices to maintain throughout the year. Although eye health is extremely important to everyone, seniors must take extra precautions to have optimum eye health.
Are you getting your ZZZZs? Sleep is important for everyone's health! A good night's rest can lower stress, help maintain a healthy weight, and overall increase happiness. Even with all of these wonderful benefits of sleep, the average American gets less than 7 hours a night, which is less than the recommended amount of 7-9 hours a night.
Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death and the number one cause of blindness in America. Often caused by obesity or being overweight, diabetes affects the body’s ability to use the sugar produced from breaking down carbohydrates. An estimated 18 million people in the United States have diabetes and the numbers keep increasing. Risk factors include being obese and overweight, age, immediate family member with diabetes, ethnic background, history of gestational diabetes, and physical inactivity.
At UMH communities, meal time is not just a time to eat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are major highlights in the day! These are times when residents gather together to eat and visit with other residents and staff. Our dining areas are designed to be conducive for conversation and easy to navigate around. Our menus are planned using input from our residents and staff. We encourage residents to complete food comment cards and speak with any of our food service staff to share any compliments or concerns they have.
Healthy living is essential for everyone, especially aging individuals. As one ages it becomes increasingly necessary to take care of your health and pay attention to the food being consumed. Nutritional needs vary and some may have restricted diets. It is important to consult with physicians to stay on top of these health requirements.