Elderly eating healthy is a key priority to a fun holiday

Caregiving: Elderly Eating Healthy

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Thanksgiving dinners were yummy, the leftovers were great, but now we’ve gone beyond the point of no return.

Elderly eating healthy is a key priority to a fun holidayPer Mayo Clinic, 3-4 days is the longest we should be eating leftovers. After that, they need to be trashed! And as caregivers for elderly parents and/or other elderly friends and relatives, it is important for us to supervise our loved ones’ refrigerators all year long, not just at holiday time.  This is vital to ensure our beloved elderly eating healthy to stay healthy.

I used to help my sweet neighbor by grocery shopping for her after her husband died. Each week I would buy plenty of meat, vegetables and other healthy food for her. A year or so later, when she became ill, I helped her by doing some tidying in the house. To my dismay I discovered that a majority of that food was still in the refrigerator and freezer. Most of it was inedible. Talk about the opposite example of elderly eating healthy! As you can imagine, I was completely floored that this special person in my life was not eating safely or healthily after all. I learned from that experience to monitor what goes out of the refrigerator as much as what goes in!

Elderly Eating Healthy vital

Another prime example of a sweet elderly eating healthy – NOT! Years later, I was visiting another neighbor who was also widowed. She invited me to share a special treat she had received. She took me to the refrigerator and proudly showed off a dessert that must have been over two weeks old and looked it! Needless to say, I did not share it with her and, with my encouragement, she did throw it away. This happened, in spite of the fact that she had several family members visiting her and helping her regularly.

I would encourage all of you who have older family members living alone to start regularly checking their refrigerators, and each time discuss gently the need for safe food storage and for your sweet elderly eating healthy. I’ve found in my own experience that this often needs to be reinforced regularly.

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    • Leah Ingram
    • December 5, 2008

    Thank you for linking to my Turkey PSA blog posting! I hope it helped at least one of your readers avoid eating old food and getting sick!

    Leah

    Leah Ingram’s last blog post..Let’s Talk About Layaways: 5 Tips to Consider

  1. Hello,
    I hope all is well! I’ve been reading your blog, and I love the advice
    and knowledge you offer your caregiving readers. I really enjoyed the
    December 4th post on Caregiving: Leftover Safety.

    As you well know, caregiving is an incredibly challenging and daunting task.
    The holidays are especially bittersweet for many caregivers with joyful
    memories of the past contrasting the difficulties of the present. I wanted
    to share information with you about a new caregiving guide published by a
    national health care advisor for older adults and their families, My Health
    Care Manager.

    “The Guide for Senior Wellbeing and Eldercare” gives caregivers a continuum
    of care offering advice and education from the very beginning of caregiving
    to the end. My Health Care Manager has provided items, such as tips and
    review tools for identifying alternative living options and the best
    assisted living communities, medication management and financial/legal
    information to protect the senior.

    Would you be interested in more information about “The Guide for Senior
    Wellbeing and Eldercare” for your blog? I’d also be happy to send an excerpt
    on a particular issue you might be most interested in.

    Best,
    Adrienne

    Dittoe Public Relations
    317-202-2280 ext. 21

    • Shayne Packer
    • February 9, 2009

    ♺ @SandwichINK New blog post: Caregiving: Leftover Safety http://tinyurl.com/5bphef

  2. RT @SandwichINK New blog post: Caregiving: Leftover Safety http://tinyurl.com/5bphef

    • Shayne Packer
    • February 9, 2009

    ♺ @SandwichINK New blog post: Caregiving: Leftover Safety http://tinyurl.com/5bphef

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