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See if SNAP Can Help You

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Did you know the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is not only for families with children? Each day SNAP helps 4 million seniors buy healthy food. The average senior using SNAP receives $119 each month on a special debit card to buy nutritious foods. The SNAP debit card is accepted at over 250,000 grocery stores, farmers markets and neighborhood stores across the country.

Depending on where you live, you can apply online, by mail, or in person. Visit https://www.benefitscheckup.org/getsnap/ to see if SNAP can help you save money on groceries.

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Help Your Loved Ones Avoid Eating Disorders and Poor Nutrition

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Eating disorders and poor nutrition occur amongst the elderly with alarming frequency. As people age, their appetites decrease, there are more physical difficulties involved with making food and dementia and memory loss can lead to forgotten meals. Care Focus explores some of these problems and how they can lead to eating disorders amongst the elderly.

With many other factors also coming into play, it is important to narrow down the causes of malnutrition amongst your loved ones. SparkPeople explores a variety of causes of malnutrition and gives some ideas on how to combat these problems.

While it is important to understand the causes of eating disorders, it is always better if you can avoid the problems before they begin. Help Guide provides an in-depth outline to senior nutrition, breaking down what foods and habits are best for both elderly men and women.

While eating disorders and malnutrition are large concerns amongst the elderly population, being informed and proactive can help keep your loved ones healthy.

Save on LifeStation during American Heart Month

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only event in February that focuses on the heart. In fact, the whole month has been designated as American Heart Month by the President, as it has been every year since Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1963.

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. American Heart Month is meant to bring attention to how we can all maintain a strong, healthy heart. A lot of research is going into understanding and curing heart disease, but for most of us, the path to a healthy heart is based on very common sense principles:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity is a huge problem in the US…no pun intended. The New York Times The New Old Age blog recently had an insightful post that looked at the other end of the spectrum: seniors losing muscle as they lose too much weight.
  • Eat well: What you eat is as important as how much you eat. ElderCareABCBlog shares helpful hints on what foods to include in your diet.
  • Exercise: Along with a proper diet, being active can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 25 percent. EverydayHealth.com has good info to help seniors create an exercise regimen.
  • Don’t smoke: It’s not just bad for your heart. Add colon and breast cancer to the list of diseases linked to smoking and second-hand smoke. Healthline has excellent information to help you or your loved one quit the habit.

Through the end of February, in recognition of American Heart Month, LifeStation is giving new customers $2.00 off their monthly service when you use code HEART2011. (If you’re an existing LifeStation customer and you refer someone to LifeStation, make sure they mention your name so that you receive your LifeStation referral bonus.)

Solutions for seniors who don’t cook

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

It’s very important that seniors eat right, but at some point, many seniors decide that they don’t want to or can’t cook anymore. Jim Miller, a syndicated columnist from The Savvy Senior, recently published a useful article detailing alternatives for seniors who want to live independently at home but who no longer prepare their own meals.

Miller’s suggestions start with community meal-delivery programs such as Meals on Wheels. These organizations can often provide meals for people with special needs, such as those who need a low-sodium or kosher diet. Many communities also offer hot meals in group settings.

For those who can afford it, Miller also suggest looking into personal chefs. Pricing for personal chefs can vary widely. Finally, there are companies like MagicKitchen.com that delivers frozen meals ordered online. This can be useful for caregivers who don’t live close to the people they help.