Nutrition is important for people of all ages and is an area where many Americans fall short of desired goals. About 75% of all Americans eat diets that do not meet recommended guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption. And most Americans eat more sugar, fat, and salt than is recommended. Nutrition is especially problematic for aging parents, spouses, and other seniors. One in three seniors admitted to a hospital is classified as malnourished.
For those worried about nutrition for aging parents and others, an upcoming webinar on August 2 can provide help.
“Healthy Nutrition and Mealtime for Seniors” is the latest entry in the ongoing series of Family Caregiver Support webinars. It is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. The webinar series is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.
Home caregivers and aging parents alike need to have a full understanding of just how important nutrition is for seniors. Sub-optimal nutrition affects the entire person — the body, mind, energy levels, immune system, etc., — and it can do so in ways both subtle and obvious. Knowing the reasons why aging parents may not eat — or may not eat the foods that they should — will help seniors and caregivers alike to work on strategies to increase nutritional intake.
Those participating in this webinar will leave the session with the ability to:
- Spot causes and warning signs associated with a poor nutritional state.
- Make sense of nutritional guidelines for aging parents and other seniors.
- Understand the risks of “lonely” mealtimes without companions.
- Recommend ways for managing specific dietary issues.
Lakelyn Hogan is a gerontologist and caregiver advocate for Home Instead Senior Care and a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska Omaha, studying social gerontology. She has a master of arts in social gerontology and master’s in business administration from UNO. Lakelyn has professional experience in the private and public sectors of senior care services.
Aging parents, seniors, and home caregivers wishing more information about the August 2 “Healthy Nutrition and Mealtime for Seniors” webinar can click here. To register (for free) for the webinar, click here.
Home caregivers and aging parents should know that the next webinar in the series will focus on “Navigating Senior Care Options” and will be held on September 6, 2017.