10 health snacks for older adults in senior care in Carmel

10 Healthier Snacks for Adults in Senior Care

People in senior care need proper nutrition at least as much as the general population. Eating a healthy diet with ample fruits and vegetables, high-quality protein, nuts, seeds, and legumes is important. Avoiding red meat, processed foods and sweets is also a good idea. Our bodies need the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to stay strong and free from illness and disease.

Unfortunately, adults in senior care commonly suffer from chronic illness, possibly with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. These problems are all potentially connected to poor eating habits and lifestyle choices. Older adults in senior care often have additional requirements, needing more vitamin B and D than younger adults, and there could be other needs to consider, too.

The majority of adults in senior care will benefit from eating healthy snacks to stabilize blood sugar levels in between their meals. This can prevent overeating and help maintain energy levels throughout the day. Healthy snacks should be from whole foods, as opposed to prepared or processed foods that are usually high in sodium, fat, sugar, and/or preservatives. With a little foresight, you can prepare foods to keep on hand.

Here are some easy and healthy snack ideas to provide to an aging adult in senior care:

  1. Dehydrated apple slices
  2. A variety of hummus to be enjoyed with carrots, peppers, or cucumber slices
  3. Popcorn (with small amount of salt and butter)
  4. Fresh apple slices topped with almond butter
  5. Whole-grain crackers with a small chunk of cheese
  6. Oatmeal with strawberries or blueberries on top
  7. Celery sticks with almond butter, peanut butter, or cream cheese
  8. Tortilla chips with mildly spiced salsa
  9. Dried banana chips
  10. Avocado on whole wheat toast

Besides eating healthy whole foods, it’s vitally important for those in senior care to keep hydrated. Having enough fluids is good for the heart and brain, and it helps adults feel more energized, too. Many fruits and vegetables are high in water content, but senior care patients may need to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day for maximum benefit. Water infused with cucumber slices, lemon or other fresh fruit can be more palatable.


Call the Home Care Assistance office near you for senior care options that are mindful of the dietary needs of your loved ones.

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5 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

You may have misplaced your keys before. Everyone does from time to time. You may have met someone new and immediately forgotten his or her name. Don’t worry. These are normal memory issues that everyone may deal with on occasion.

Memory loss that affects one’s daily activities, like missing scheduled appointments, or forgetting one’s way while driving in a familiar area can be symptoms of something serious. These types of problems can signal dementia, or Alzheimer’s, a common form of dementia. At that point, Alzheimer’s care may be helpful for your loved one.

Alzheimer’s disease is considered degenerative in nature. In other words, Alzheimer’s disease continues to worsen over time as with other terminal illnesses. There is no good prognosis for those in Alzheimer’s care. As this disease continues to ravage the brain in later stages, symptoms are easier to recognize, even to strangers.

Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease might be missed unless you know what you’re looking for in an older adult.

5 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Loss of memory: Everyone retains a very small amount of what is learned daily, but someone in the early Alzheimer’s forgets more quickly. When someone asks you the same question over and over because they don’t remember that you’ve already answered, it’s a sign that there’s a problem.
  2. Changes in activities: When there are obvious changes in activities or daily habits, there may be cause for concern. An older adult may even state that he or she thinks something isn’t right, but can’t quite clarify what it is. Social activities might feel awkward and embarrassing, making the adult withdrawn.
  3. Money problems: When an aging adult makes mistakes, paying some bills twice, leaving other unpaid, there’s likely a serious problem. Eventually, checkbooks, paying bills, managing home or business expenses all become too challenging. When finances seem askew, money is given away, or pricey items are bought, but can’t be paid for, there may be cause for concern.
  4. Losing things: When you repeatedly have to help find the items your aging loved one stashed, it’s a red flag there’s something wrong. Even in the early Alzheimer’s stages, older adults might forget where they were earlier in the same day and are unable to recall, even with cues and additional time.
  5. Getting lost in a familiar area: Alzheimer’s creates loss of memory, sometimes making people lost in their own neighborhoods or other areas that have been familiar with for many years. When someone can’t find the local grocery store or their favorite café, there may be a problem.

When you imagine that your loved one might be suffering from Alzheimer’s, it’s frightening. Families oftentimes deny initial cues, but an early diagnosis is helpful for planning Alzheimer’s care in the future.


Call Home Care Assistance today to prepare a compassionate Alzheimer’s care plan for your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s.