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Healthy Senior Nutritional Habits to Avoid Cognitive Decline

Our last blog post explained common issues that stand in the way of older adults maintaining healthy nutritional habits. There’s another consideration that makes good nutrition crucial: the link between nutrition and cognitive decline in older adults. Lack of nutrition in older individuals is far more common than you might realize. The National Resource on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging notes that 35% – 50% of the seniors residing in long-term care facilities are experiencing malnutrition, and as many as 65% of hospitalized older adults may be malnourished also. A poor diet makes older adults twice as likely to need to visit their doctors and three times as likely to need hospitalization. Malnourished seniors will also face the challenge of reduced muscle mass and increased challenges recovering than those with better eating habits. Along with that, new research highlights the role that healthy and balanced eating plays in shielding against cognitive difficulty. Healthy Aging and Longevity research shows an unexpected link between eating habits exercised throughout their adult years and age-related cognitive decline risk. To limit the danger of cognitive decline, older adults can follow a diet that is rich in fish, cereals, veggies, and fruits, while low in hydrogenated fats. What Are the Additional Concerns for Someone With Diabetes? Older adults with diabetes need to be especially careful with the food choices they make. In particular, an older individual with diabetes might experience a decrease in memory after a meal, especially if that dish consists of carbohydrate-rich foods, sugary soda, and so on. While the specific causes behind these issues are unclear, the spike of insulin in the brain is a likely factor. Making healthy diet choices today can help older adults minimize the risk of cognitive decline later on. Take these proactive steps to enhance the nourishment of

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When to Take Over Finances for Elderly Parents

The National Council on Aging suggests that planning for the inevitable need to take over your parents’ finances should begin with a family meeting, ideally while they’re in their early 60s. Another watermark can be when they retire. Even if those years have passed, family caregivers should still be on the lookout for signs that “the time has come!” One thing is sure, you mustn’t let any awkwardness you feel prevent you from stepping in to assist, because if you don’t, others will, and they probably don’t have your parents’ best interests in mind. What You Need to Know Even if you currently have no worries about your parents’ physical or mental health, start to familiarize yourself with their finances. The sooner you integrate yourself into that element of their lives, the more comfortable they’ll be including you in important decisions, and the easier it will be to take full control when the time is right. It’s never too soon to gather the information you’ll need, so you will have it when your elderly parents can no longer take care of their finances. This is a list of 10 pretty standard things that all family members should know:  If they have named a durable power of attorney (POA) to manage their finances Where they keep their financial records and how you can access them Their bank account numbers and the names of their financial institutions What their monthly expenses are How they pay their bills: by check, auto pay, online banking, etc. What their annual income is, and where it comes from Who has permission to manage their Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security accounts Do they have medical health insurance in addition to Medicare Do they have long-term care insurance How to contact their accountant, financial planner or attorney Not

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