There is a virtual laundry list of vitamins and micronutrients that have been found to preserve our vision and support eye health as we grow older. Chief among these are omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins A, C and E, zinc, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients have been found to help prevent cataracts and could also combat age-related macular degeneration as well as help prevent light-induced damage to the retina. Although many supplements contain all of the above ingredients, many Chicago in-home care agencies believe that the following seven foods are more beneficial in terms of eye health.
Kale is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamins C and E. Blend kale with blueberries, almond butter, water and honey to taste for a delicious green smoothie. If you don’t have a high end blender, freeze the kale to allow for easy break down.
With many of the same benefits as kale, a 100 gram serving of basil provides the recommended daily dose of vitamin A. In raw form, it also makes an excellent addition to salads, soups and even some desserts.
These red fruits are rich in lycopene and vitamin C. To make them more palatable, combine tomatoes with basil and a slice of mozzarella and drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top for a classic caprese salad.
As great source of lutein, kiwi is also quite easy and enjoyable to eat on its own. Simply cut a kiwifruit in half and spoon out the green goodness to serve to your elderly loved one.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, sardines are inexpensive and less likely to contain high levels of mercury as compared to other fatty fishes. They are a bit of an acquired taste, but sardines are used in several recipes that seniors might like.
Egg yolks are a major source of lutein, zeaxanthin and zinc. They are also incredibly versatile to prepare whether you’re making breakfast, lunch or dinner.
7. Peanut Butter
A good source of vitamin E, peanut butter is readily available and easy to incorporate into your senior loved one’s diet. Be sure to use it sparingly, however, as peanut butter has a lot of sugar that can make seniors sick.
Learn more about essential foods and nutrients that benefit senior health when you call Home Care Assistance at (847) 906-3991. Our expertly trained live-in and hourly caregivers in Chicago are readily available to help seniors manage healthy diet and exercise regimens to promote vitality and longevity. Call today to speak with a friendly Care Manager and set up a complimentary in-home consultation.
(San Francisco, CA—June 1, 2017) Today Home Care Assistance , the leading provider of in-home care for seniors, released a study they commissioned through Research Now illuminating the emotional impact of dementia caregiving in the United States. With one in four adults serving as a caregiver for an aging loved one and with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia surging among our rapidly aging population, the unrelenting stress and emotional toll of witnessing the “long goodbye” stands to pose a health care challenge of its own.
With roughly 5.5 million Americans living with dementia, the illness actually costs more to care for ($259 billion) than cancer ($77 billion) and heart disease ($102 billion) combined . Behind these numbers lies a hidden, but very real, emotional cost to family caregivers who help those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias manage daily living.
Based on an analysis of 670 family caregivers in the U.S. surveyed between May 8 and 11 of this year, the following results were concluded:
Dementia caregivers experience higher rates of physical, emotional and mental burnout. Often referred to as “caregiver burnout”, the survey found that dementia caregivers were seven times more likely to experience daily physical, emotional and mental exhaustion from caregiving than non-dementia caregivers. The survey also found that dementia caregivers were three times more likely to feel extreme stress from their caregiving responsibilities than other types of caregivers.
Dementia caregivers feel the most stress from watching their loved one decline, while other caregivers are most stressed from juggling work and care responsibilities. In contrast to other types of care that may have a focus on recovery and rehabilitation, caring for someone with dementia can oftentimes be more challenging since the person is facing a long, inevitable decline. Based on the survey results, 38 percent of those caring for a loved one with dementia feel the most stress from watching their loved one decline, while 33 percent of those caring for a loved one without dementia feel the most stress from having to juggle their job and caregiving responsibilities.
When looking at gender breakdowns of stress, the survey showed that male dementia caregivers were 21 percent more likely to feel stressed from having to juggle their job and caregiving responsibilities than female dementia caregivers.
When it comes to managing child and senior care, female dementia caregivers experience higher rates of caregiver guilt.Numerous studies have shown the disproportionate impact Alzheimer’s and other dementias have on women. Not only do women make up two-thirds of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s , but they also make up two-thirds of the dementia caregiver demographic. Furthermore, researchers at Stanford recently discovered that women are at higher risk “for lowering or exiting their career trajectory owing to caregiver demands.”
According to Home Care Assistance’s survey, female dementia caregivers were twice as likely to feel extreme guilt for not tending to their own family and children’s needs than male dementia caregivers. More so, there were some significant discrepancies seen between females that were caring for a loved one with dementia and females that were caring for a loved one with another disease. Female dementia caregivers were 61 percent more likely to feel extreme guilt for not tending to their own family and children’s needs than non-dementia female caregivers.
“We’re facing an impending health crisis not only for the tens of millions living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but also for the loved ones that care for them,” said Lily Sarafan, CEO of Home Care Assistance. “Reliable data on the spectrum of family caregiver experiences, as well as solutions for caregivers to effectively manage their own health and wellness, are essential components of the broader care ecosystem. Our hope is that breathtaking scientific advances and lifespan gains are accompanied by thoughtful leadership and policies to address the realities of caregiving.”
In acknowledgement of the heightened stresses of dementia caregiving, Home Care Assistance will be awarding respite care grants to 60 family caregivers. The program was launched in conjunction with its partnership with Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Move for Minds, and is open to caregivers across the country. To learn more or apply for a respite care grant, visit: http://homecareassistance.com/moveforminds .
To view the complete findings around the emotional cost of dementia caregiving, download the full report here: http://homecareassistance.com/emotional-costs-dementia-caregiving .
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Research Now on behalf of Home Care Assistance from May 8th-11th, 2017 among 670 family caregivers aged 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighted variables, contact Grace Zavolock at firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Home Care Assistance
Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of in-home care for seniors serving the United States, Canada and Australia. Its uniquely integrated, science-based approach to aging directly supports individual lifestyles and quality longevity, enabling seniors to live happier, healthier lives at home. Named an Inc. 5000 company eight years in a row and one of the 50 fastest growing women-owned companies worldwide in 2017, Home Care Assistance has been recognized as a 2017 Endorsed National Provider by the home care industry’s leading research firm, Home Care Pulse. Home Care Assistance CEO Lily Sarafan was also named Health Care Executives’ 2016 Woman of the Year. For more information about Home Care Assistance, visit www.homecareassistancecleveland.com .
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