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3 Tips to Creating a Healthy Diet

As we age, having a well balanced diet is important to staying healthy. It can be overwhelming to many individuals because creating new habits in eating can be a tedious task. On top of that, certain factors can limit creating new eating habits such as, cognitive impairments, financial limits, current diagnosis’ etc. Moreover, as we age, the nutritional needs change and we have to adapt to what our bodies need and don’t need.

These are some benefits that eating healthy can promote:

– Maintaining healthy weight
– Increase in energy levels
– Improve cognition
– Reduce risk of developing heart chronic health conditions
– Getting all the vitamins and nutrients needed

Here are some starting tips to creating a healthy diet:

1) Choose nutrient rich foods:

– Fruits and vegetables
– Beans
– Nuts and seeds
– Whole grains
– Low fat or nonfat dairy
– Lean protein (Can be either chicken turkey, ground beef, fish tofu or other.)

2) Stay away from convenient and fast foods!

Even at a young age, convenient and fast foods were never the healthiest choice. However, they are called fast foods for a reason! It eliminates the tedious task of cooking and cleaning up. However, these foods may not always have the best nutritional value for our bodies especially as we age.

Here are some alternatives:

-Frozen vegetables
-Pre-cooked meats (turkey, chicken)
-Low sodium canned foods
-Pre made salads
-Oatmeal and Cereals

3) Eating alone as a senior can be a mundane task and many times discouraging. Find time to eat with friends or family to make eating more enjoyable as an activity!

Eating healthy can be a huge task to any individual, especially to those who are aging! It is important that individuals receive the right education in order to implement these strategies.

What to do after your hip replacement?

What to do after your hip replacement?

Now that you have had your hip replacement what are some of the things you can do to ease your rehabilitation process? In order to stay safe and avoid any further injuries or setbacks, education on how to live post surgery is key. Here are a few tips on what to do after having a hip replacement.

1) Be aware of hip precautions! It is important to be aware of the movements that are restricted to ensure proper rehabilitation and recovery of your new hip. These movements include, bending past 90 degrees, twisting at your waist, and crossing your legs. These precautions can last up to 6-8 weeks so it is important to practice doing activities of daily living such as dressing while keeping these precautions.

2) Exercises! Despite having hip precautions, you can still do exercises! There are many exercises on the bed that you can do to help promote blood circulation and prevent clots!

-Calf squeezes
-Ankle Pumps
-Glute Squeezes

3) It is important to have the right equipment to help facilitate your recovery! It will be helpful to own long handed reachers, sock aids, a cane or a walker to help you with your daily movements. It is important to consult with your physiotherapist and/or your occupational therapist to get these equipments and be taught how to use them correctly.

Moreover, ensure that your living space at home is set up to help aid you in your recovery. High chairs to help you keep your precautions, bed rails and shower rails to help promote safety. It is important that your living space becomes a safe area that will not put you in risk of getting injured or having a fall during your recovery period.

Getting a hip replacement may sound like a dawning task. However, proper education on precautions, exercises and equipment will help you go through this period after your surgery.