Jan 20, 2018
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Osteoporosis

The word osteoporosis can be translated to ‘porous bones’1; this means bone density has decreased to the point where the bone is weak and can be easily fractured.  It is reported that 30-50% of women and 20-25% of men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Building strong bones is most crucial … [ Read More ]

Vegetarian Diets

Many people are choosing to eat less meat and opting for a vegetarian diet, especially in recent years.  Reasons for adopting a vegetarian diet include improved health, religious beliefs, ethical reasons, and environmental concerns.  Following a vegetarian diet may decrease the risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. All … [ Read More ]

Food and Drug Interactions

The widespread use of medications and dietary supplements along with the general population’s eating habits and health status can set the stage for numerous food-drug interactions.  Food-drug interactions can change the effectiveness of drugs or the side effects of medications can affect the nutritional status of an individual.  The elderly population is at an increased … [ Read More ]

Vitamins and supplements

Search on-line the topic of vitamins and minerals and see what the public receives for information.  There are numerous conflicting opinions available on-line and in scientific studies.  Basic guidelines are that additional vitamins and minerals are not needed if one consumes a balanced diet based on USDA’s plate method.  If a balanced diet is in … [ Read More ]

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and those affected are unable to tolerate gluten.  In those with celiac disease, gluten causes the immune system to attack its own bowel tissue and damages the small intestines.  The villi that line the small intestine are eroded.  This may lead to malabsorption and malnutrition as the villi are … [ Read More ]

Food Allergies and Intolerances

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to a food triggers a harmful immune response. The immune response, called an allergic reaction, occurs because the immune system attacks proteins in the food that are normally harmless. The proteins that trigger the reaction are called … [ Read More ]

Hot Weather Menu for Residents

Summertime brings sun and fun along with high temperatures coupled with high humidity. These conditions place a strain on everyone, especially the elderly. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to heat stress and dehydration as they do not adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that … [ Read More ]

Attaining Optimal Food Quality for our Residents

We all eat with our eyes whenever we consume food. If the food doesn’t look good, we don’t want to eat it. Attaining the highest food quality is so essential in long term care. There are many residents who may have poor appetites or intakes. Attractive food helps to stimulate their appetite. Remember that the … [ Read More ]

Preventing dehydration in older adults

According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, dehydration is the most common fluid and electrolyte disorder in the elderly with a prevalence of 20-40%.The elderly are at a high risk for dehydration related to a decreased sense of thirst, fear of being incontinent, swallow difficulties and gastrointestinal disorders just to name a few. … [ Read More ]

National Heart Awareness Month is in February

This month is when we celebrate National Heart Awareness Month which helps raise awareness of heart disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, which … [ Read More ]

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