In recent years we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of going gluten-free. Social media touts the health benefits and food labels can add to the confusion. When caring for older adults, it’s important to ask, “Is this just a trend or a medical necessity?”
For some older adults, gluten-free dining is the only proven treatment for celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the small intestine. It is diagnosed in elders, over the age of 55, at two times the average of other age groups. Read More
COPD is a common lung disease that makes breathing harder over time. Symptoms continue to worsen and interfere with activities of daily living like walking, eating and caring for oneself. Healthful eating is critical to provide extra energy and improve health outcomes.
Elders with COPD are at a much greater risk of malnutrition and its serious consequence like falls, fractures and trips to the hospital. To reduce risk of malnutrition, encourage extra calories and nutrient dense foods. Try these tips for improved nutrition and better breathing: Read More