An elderly care provider is someone who will be looking after one of the most beloved members of your family. It’s very important that your elderly parent eats good food on a daily basis not only to keep up her strength but also to fight off illness and infection. Elder care providers can fix light meals for your loved one and make sure she is getting adequate nutrition.
Did you know that recent studies published in the journal titled Neurology, point to a link between low iron levels in blood and greater risks for developing dementia. What this means is that eating foods that are good iron sources is one way to decrease the risk for developing dementia.
The study took place over a period of 11 years, and the participants took part in thinking and memory tests over this time period. The final published results showed a 41% higher risk of developing dementia for someone who has anemia. Remember that this research shows an associated risk and makes no claims that anemia causes dementia. But since we need healthy iron levels anyway, what has anyone got to lose by eating a healthier diet?
What does this mean to the everyday person? Eat more iron-rich foods and get your iron levels checked periodically. Right now there are over three million people in the United States who have anemia. It’s not a terribly difficult problem to fix.
Iron-rich foods include:
- Red meat such as beef or beef liver
- Chicken or turkey
- Spinach, swiss chard, kale
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Peas, lentils, soybeans, chickpeas, baked beans
- Prune juice
- Dried raisins, apricots and prunes
- Iron-fortified breads and cereals
- Squash and pumpkin seeds
- Nuts such as peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pine and cashews
- Cocoa powder and dark chocolate
Dried herbs are also good sources of iron, but since a person doesn’t generally eat a lot of dried herbs at one time, sprinkle them into food on a regular basis to get a steady supply, no matter how small. Be careful when using iron supplements because it’s easy to overdose. Always consult a physician before using an over the counter iron supplement. Dried seaweed (spirulina) is a natural way to add some more iron into your diet. It can be added to soups, casseroles, noodle dishes or eaten with rice or made into a snack all by itself.
For more information about elder care in Webster Groves, MO contact Senior Services Unlimited. We are an elder care agency providing affordable and respectful home care to couples, veterans, and the disabled. call (314) 646-8131