As we start to age, there are different nutritional and movement needs that we need to add into our daily lives. When it comes to the older population, it is extremely important to focus on a couple specifics:
- Water and hydration
- Mineral depletion
For the elderly, these start to become extremely necessary to feel great and safe each and every day.
Why These Areas of Health are Necessary For the Elderly
When the body starts to age, some functions don't seem to work as well as when we were younger. One of those functions is our ability to digest food, and use the protein from food to rebuild tissues in the body.
Water and overall hydration is also needed for strong and healthy tissues in the body, however for some reason the elderly tend to not drink enough water. This is a nutrient that makes up most of our body, and is needed even more so once we get older so that we can move fluidly.
Mineral depletion is a huge topic because it effects our bone structure, hormone regulation, nerve impulses, and even heart beat. Without the proper minerals, the older population can see a decline in their health and even be more prone to injuries if they fall.
Coordination and balance are important for those moments when someone elderly steps wrong, comes across an obstacle, or is blindsided by something that causes them to fall. Improving these areas will help them to better react to their environment to avoid unnecessary injuries.
In this week's episode, Krysti Slonaker and I discuss:
»What nutrients the elderly tend to miss out on in their daily meals
»How to add protein sources into their diet
»Ways to improve their movement quality
»What to do if an elderly person falls over
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- [3:00] How Krysti went from being a motorcycle mechanic to jumping into the health and wellness field
- [9:00] Growing up seeing how the nutrients entering a feeding tube can impact someone's health is a unique experience to really connect with the power of nutrition
- [10:30] What made you interested in working with the older population
- [14:30] What are your ways to help the older population nourish their bodies
- [15:45] Why is it tough for older people to drink enough water and eat enough protein
- [17:20] Do you recommend using other resources of protein than just from gelatin and broth
- [18:45] Do you have people add minerals to their gelatinous water to help replenish lost minerals and electrolytes
- [20:15] This population is usually pretty stubborn, how can you talk to then to educate them on the nutritional needs they need to meet
- [21:45] How do you add in foods to their diet before removing the foods that aren't benefiting them
- [22:30] Do you run into issues with the loss of tastes and taste buds as the clients get older
- [25:40] Do you generally work with older adults in assisted living, or who can still provide for themselves
- [27:00] What are some of the major areas you want to focus on to improve their fitness and movement capabilities
- [29:00] What are some ways that the elderly can do to prevent a fall
- [33:00] If you could change the older population's morning routines, what would you have them do to improve their health and balance
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