Arms Around Family Caregivers Newsletter - March 2014

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Eating Well As You Age

Nutritious meals are an important part of staying healthy at any age. By planning and preparing good food, you can help improve the wellness of everyone in your home. March is National Nutrition Month, and we are excited to feature helpful articles about nutrition in our newsletters, and on our website and social networks. Check in with SYNERGY HomeCare throughout the month for more subject matter on nutrition and caregiving.

Take a look at these quick tips for eating better and increasing your quality of life as you age.

 

Are Bedtime Snacks Bad For You?

Many people enjoy a snack before bed, but does this negatively impact their health? Eating something a couple of hours before bed could reduce the chances of waking up from hunger and help you sleep better. However, choosing foods high in sugar, sodium or fat could increase the chances of weight gain, so it's best to stick to nutritious snacks. 

Find out what (and what not) to eat before bed

 

Sleeping Pills Could Increase Senior Fall Risk

It's important for seniors and their families to be familiar with all the medications they are taking. Even if they are taking common prescriptions, the way they interact could have a negative impact on seniors' health. In fact, a recent study from the Mayo Clinic found that a widely used drug could dramatically increase older adults' risks of suffering falls.

Medication reminders can help reduce your risk of falls.

 

Caregiver Stress Can Impact Senior Well-Being

There's no denying that caregiving can be a stressful endeavor. Being responsible for the well-being of a loved one can certainly raise one's anxiety levels, and although it's understandable, it's important for family members to recognize that fostering a stressful environment could have a negative impact on their loved one's health.

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Knee Replacement Surgery Can Lead to Weight Gain

Artificial knees have helped seniors treat osteoarthritis and other similar conditions, but new research suggests it's important to remain active after the procedure. A study recently published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that knee replacement surgery is closely tied to weight gain.

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