The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates there are 3.7 million malnourished seniors in the U.S. today due to a wide range of issues including medication conflicts, changing taste buds, lack of appetite, depression, chronic illness and new nutritional needs. As we age, our bodies require fewer calories, yet require more protein, calcium, B vitamins and other nutrients. Even in this health conscious age, many caregivers lack awareness about the specific dietary needs of seniors and how nutrition is a key contributor to the well-being and longevity of the elderly.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 9.18% of the U.S. senior population is malnourished
- 31% of seniors are chronically dehydrated
- Seniors need fewer calories than adults under age 60
- Seniors need more calcium, vitamin D and B-12 than adults under age 60
As we gear in to the New Year and everyone gets excited about fitness and fitness apps, we too have dug up some favorite apps para los viejitos at home.
The Jawbone UP System
This unique health and fitness tracker, available to individual consumers, combines a wristband monitor that tracks movement and sleep details with a user-friendly mobile app that enables logging of exercise, food and hydration. Caregivers will welcome the opportunity to help loved ones be proactive about their own senior nutrition, fitness, and healthy sleep patterns with the Jawbone UP.
What is “telehealth”? If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s simply a video health consultation, conducted online by on-call doctors. While American Well’s service is already covered by some insurance companies, requiring only a copayment, they are now offering direct-to-consumer consultations via smartphone app for a fee. Kaiser is also leading this industry, The California-based health network, one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems, saw some 110 million people in 2015, with some 59 million connecting through online portals, virtual visits or the health system’s apps, Bernard J. Tyson told attendees at a conference in San Francisco last year. Tyson went on to say that “52 percent of last year’s patient transactions at Kaiser Permanente were conducted online, by virtual visits or through the health system’s apps. Read more about the options and do you research before signing up for one of these apps
BeClose Senior Safety System
This innovative system combines a wearable alert button with wireless household sensors to help you remotely track your loved one’s daily routine. Using a secure web page, you can check on sleeping habits, medication compliance, safety, and more, allowing your senior loved ones to live independently even if you are a long-distance caregiver. With its own base station, BeClose is easy to set up and doesn’t require a second phone line or broadband.
2018 is around the corner, start your year downloading some smart apps para los abuelitos, and put yourself at ease with the tips that we have to offer.