The Right Balance of Protein Helps Your Dad Stay Healthy

Falls can be devastating in older adults. One way to maintain balance and avoid falling is by keeping muscles strong and bones healthy. A lack of protein impacts both. One thing experts are finding is that a chronic health condition often impacts how well the body uses protein.

If your dad has a chronic health condition, as the majority of aging adults do, is he getting enough protein? Chronic health conditions include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and so many others.

Despite this, many seniors don’t get enough protein. It’s believed that around 33 percent of older men don’t. Older adults need 1 gram of protein per 2.2 pounds of body weight. If your dad weighs 180 pounds, he’d need 81.8 grams, which equates to 2.88 ounces per day.

How Does Protein Help the Body?

Homecare Delray Beach FL: Balancing Proteins for Seniors

Protein is used by the body to repair and build your tissue. It’s also a step in creating your body’s hormones, chemicals, and enzymes. As your muscle is composed of tissue, you have to have the protein in order to get the job done.

Why Isn’t Your Dad Getting Enough?

There are several reasons older adults don’t eat well. It could be that he no longer likes to cook his meals. Maybe he never did. If that’s the case, he may rely more on takeout meals, microwavable meals, and fast food. None of those are healthy meal options. They may have protein, but they’re also high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.

When was your dad last at the dentist? If his dentures don’t fit correctly, that may make it hard to eat. If he has a problem with gum health or tooth decay, it could also make it hard for him to eat properly.

Some chronic health conditions can make it harder to swallow. If he has Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, multiple sclerosis, or suffered a stroke in the past, his ability to swallow may be impacted. You should take him to the doctor to rule out these and other health issues.

If your dad doesn’t cook, you can fix that by hiring home care aides. Not only can the caregiver prepare his meals, but the aide can also take him to the store and talk to him about what he’d like for each meal.

When a meal is done, caregivers can do the dishes and tidy the kitchen. They can also put away groceries and make sure spoiled or outdated items are taken care of in a timely manner. To set up home care services, call now.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare in Delray Beach,FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Sources:

Why Older Adults Should Eat More Protein (And Not Overdo Protein Shakes)


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15640517

 

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