Obesity rates have been climbing in the United States for years, and the largest increase recently has been among senior citizens. According to a survey conducted by Gallup and Healthways, in 2014, 27.4 percent of people 65 and older were obese. Obesity is a risk factor for other serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes.
Why Obesity Rates Are Growing among Seniors
Many seniors find it difficult to plan and prepare healthy meals. They may have trouble getting to and from the store because of limited mobility or difficulty cooking because of arthritis. Some seniors are unable to make healthy decisions about food because of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Instead of preparing healthy meals, senior citizens may instead reach for snacks and other unhealthy processed foods that can contribute to weight gain.
How a Caregiver Can Help
If you are concerned about your parent’s weight but are unable to prepare healthy meals for him or her every day, Dependable Care can help. We have a team of compassionate caregivers who can prepare nutritious meals for your parent.
Our caregivers can help with meal planning, preparing a shopping list, doing the grocery shopping, and cooking and serving meals. They are able to accommodate special diets and restrictions to prepare nutritious foods that support a healthy weight. This can protect your parent’s health and reduce his or her risk of developing other medical conditions.
A caregiver can also accompany your parent on walks or make sure he or she follows another type of exercise program that has been approved by a physician. A caregiver can make sure your parent gets regular physical activity that can help maintain a healthy weight and can also help with other conditions, such as arthritis.
Dependable Care’s Connecticut team of caregivers understand the unique health and nutritional needs of senior citizens. They can work with you and your family to make sure your parent receives proper nutrition and regular exercise. If your parent needs help planning and preparing nutritious meals and controlling his or her weight, contact Dependable Care in Connecticut today so we can help you find the right caregiver.