Holiday health tips for seniors

Holiday meals and gatherings can be fun and uplifting, however, during the holidays this may be a challenge for senior family members.

December 7, 2016 - Author: Eileen Haraminac,

Michigan State University Extension and Eatright.org recommends holiday tips for a safe and healthy holiday. Holiday meals and gatherings can be fun and uplifting, however, during the holidays this may be a challenge for senior members.

Healthy holiday tips to help with the planning from Care.com
  1. Wash your hands, often. Wet hands, lather up, rinse and dry with air drier or disposable paper towel – 15 seconds of scrubbing gets it done!
  2. Some people get stressed with the abundance of food and family, so serve smaller meals and snacks rather than the large dinners. A simple soup, fruit and/or salad can help keep everyone on track with portions, and provide healthy alternatives.
  3. Provide plenty of fluids like water, to keep everyone hydrated. Limit alcoholic drinks which can cause unfavorable reactions for anyone on certain medications.
  4. Provide lower salt options or substitutes for salad dressings, snack items and soups. Fresh soups can be made easily and are reduced in sodium contrary to many canned varieties.
  5. If making sweet treats the sugar can be reduced in homemade items like muffins, cakes, fruit cobblers, etc. Using “sweet” spices can add flavor without the added sugar- try vanilla, cloves, or cinnamon, orange or lemon zest to sweeten desserts.
  6. Keep to your routine and sleep schedule, this will provide you with energy and keep you on track to ward off illness and disease.

The holiday season can be fun and enriching for our spirit. Traditions, new and old can be shared with family and friends. Tis the season to enjoy.

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