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What Foods Do Many Senior Citizens Miss When Planning Daily Meals?

Nutritional needs change as you age. For seniors, the diet should focus heavily on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meats and seafood options. Foods rich in calcium are also important to lower the risk of osteoporosis.

Home Care in Petaluma CA: Senior Nutrition

Home Care in Petaluma CA: Senior Nutrition

Two of the biggest health issues seniors face are high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Your parent should be avoiding foods that are high in sodium. At any age, foods high in added sugar are not ideal. While these are all important, seniors’ diets are often lacking.

Foods That Boost Calcium.

To make sure your parent gets enough calcium, dairy is important. Your parent may not be able to handle things like milk, cheese, and yogurt. If that’s the case, add chia seeds and almonds to salads and smoothies. Sardines are also rich in calcium.

Collard greens are one of the dark, leafy greens that contain a decent amount of calcium. You can also look at rhubarb, which contains 87 milligrams of calcium per cup of cooked stalks. Finally, tofu can be enriched with calcium. If you buy the enriched version of tofu, half a cup contains almost 90 percent of the calcium seniors are recommended to get each day.

Fiber-Rich Foods.

Fiber is another important item seniors often overlook. Fiber helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. Take cooked lentils and toss them with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh parsley, cumin, and diced red pepper. Keep that salad in the refrigerator for a quick snack that boosts your mom or dad’s fiber intake. Whole grains like barley, cracked wheat, steel-cut oats, and bran flakes are also high in fiber.

Cruciferous Vegetables.

Studies find that cruciforms can help with cell health and may even help prevent certain forms of cancer. Cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli, are all vegetables to keep on hand. While some may be less appealing raw, raw broccoli tossed in a dressing is a handy salad to have for meals and snacks.

There is the chance that your parent relies on processed foods. They’re easier to cook and prepare. They’re also higher in fat, sodium, and sugar. If your parent eats a lot of takeout or prepared foods, home care services can help.

Home care professionals work with your parent to create desirable meal plans. Caregivers can work with your parents to create a weekly menu, build a grocery list, find suitable coupons, and take your parent shopping.

With home care services, your parent receives one-on-one attention and companionship. The assistance helps them live at home independently and without stress.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Petaluma, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.