Keeping a Balanced Diet

Everyone can benefit from eating healthy food and maintaining a well-balanced diet. For seniors, this is especially important. According to the AARP, 60% of seniors are more likely to experience depression because of food insecurity. For most, a healthy eating plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy; includes lean meat, poultry, … Read More

A Growing Problem It seems that there is a new recall on produce, poultry, dairy, or fish almost every week – not to mention reports of illness or hospitalization from contaminated food in restaurants. The threat of bacteria and parasites contaminating our food remains constant, even in a world of increased safety and regulation. And … Read More

An Unsung Hero The liver is one of the body’s true powerhouses – an organ that performs a staggering number of important functions simultaneously. Not only does it convert nutrients into bile, a substance that helps with the digestion process, it also produces amino acids that play a key role in fighting infections. The list … Read More

While it’s often recommended that we eat five-to-seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day, the CDC suggests that it could be as much as 13 for seniors and elders, depending on age, gender, and physical activity.

It is estimated that 5-10% of the elderly population is faced with food allergies – but that the prevalence is underestimated and undertreated in seniors. Reactions from a food allergy can be very serious, and contact with even trace amounts of offensive foods can be life-threatening.

Studies indicate that Irritable Bowel Syndrome may affect up to 20% of the population, and that 10% of elderly people are affected. Learn what causes IBS in seniors and steps you can take to help your elder loved one manage their IBS symptoms.

Important senior nutrition information and foods that promote heart health in Canada’s seniors. The American Heart Association estimates that 66% of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in people age 75 and older, so senior heart health should be a focus for senior caregivers!

Both the characteristics of obesity and the way it affects seniors can be different when compared to how obesity impacts younger adults. This is very important to know, as it may determine if and how obesity should be analyzed and treated in seniors.

A total of about 4 million (1 in 8) Canadians are affected by a food-borne illness. Of these, there are about: 11,600 hospitalizations and 238 deaths. Canada’s seniors need to be aware of the risks of foodborne illnesses, understand these infection warning signs, and take these steps for preventing senior infection from foodborne illness.

Because there are seldom signs or symptoms of high blood cholesterol, many seniors are not aware that their cholesterol level may be too high. Among Canadians aged 6 to 79, 39% had an unhealthy level of total cholesterol. Seniors need to be aware of the dangers and warning signs, as well as these preventative measures.

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