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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Holiday Healthy Eating Strategies at Senior Living Houston Community

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 9, 2018 10:56:09 AM

Healthy Tips: Holiday Healthy Eating Strategies at Senior Living Houston Community

The holidays are a very exciting time of year. It is a time to enjoy family and friends, and enjoy delicious food. Whether it be to a family membersPeople Together-8.jpg or friends home, to traveling out of town, the holidays are a very popular time to travel away from your senior living Houston community. With so much going on during this time of year it is important to do our best to maintain a routine when it comes to our medicine, diet, and rest to ensure our health stays 100%. The following tips can assist in staying in healthy and prevent the hospital from being one of your stops during the holidays.

  1. Staying Hydrated

As a general rule, it is important to drink water throughout the day.  With the excitement of being surrounded by loved ones this is easy to forget. It recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of water during a day. Make sure to drink water at every meal. Be cautious of drinking water right before bedtime as it can cause increased urination during the night, especially if you take medications such as diurectis (Lasix/Furosemide) that help the body get rid of salt and water in the body. 

  1. Eat well

With all the delicious foods it is easy to over indulge. Don't deprive yourself, make sure you eat in moderation. Eat small meals through out the day. Keep in mind foods with high sodium and high in sugars, especially if you have diagnosis such as Hypertension, Heart Failure, and Diabetes. 

  1. Stay active

Continue to do your daily exercises as much as possible. If the weather permits, go for a walk with your family or friends. Also, remember to take a break and set time aside for rest. It is important not to exhaust yourself. 

  1. Prevent Illness and injuries

If you use an assistive device for ambulation make sure you have it will you at all times. Let you family and friends know ahead of time that you will be bringing your walker, wheelchair, and/or cane with you. There is a high rate of injuries during this time of year as people often forget to take there assistive devices with them. Make sure you are washing your hands and staying warm. Germs do not take a break during the holidays, and due to traveling the susceptibility to acquiring germs that can cause illnesses to increase. 

  1. Take your Medicines as prescribed

Make you have your medicines ready if you are planning to leave your home. We recommend having a pill box set up to make it easier to take your medications with you. Take your medicines at your regular time. Forgetting to take your medicines can have negative affects on your health such as increasing your blood pressure or blood sugars. If you have home health services, ask your nurse to assist with filling a pill box if you know that you are traveling. If you receive medication reminders or management through Senior Allegiance, they can also assist with filling a pill box for your travel needs. 

Also always remember to consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
 
For more Information, call Karina Walker, Director of Nursing, Senior Allegiance at 713-975-1519
References:  https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart/articles/holidays-healthy-eating-guide

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