Taste This

As a baby, you were born with over 10,000 taste buds, but after you turn 50, that number starts to gradually decrease. Loss of your sense to taste should not be overlooked as just a sign of aging, because it can have serious consequences for your overall health. Without your sense of taste, it is possible to lose interest in foods you used to love to eat, which could lead to a deficiency in your nutrition. However, you can salvage meal time with a few expert tips and maybe another scoop of ice cream!

Losing your taste can be frustrating and unsatisfying, but imagine if you lost your independent lifestyle because of a serious fall, home fire or home invasion. Luckily there are things you can do to regain your taste as well as your independent lifestyle. With Life Alert Protection’s emergency pendant you can live alone without ever really being alone. Simply wear the pendant around your neck or wrist and receive an emergency medical response fast with a single touch of a button. Whether you’re in the shower, it’s a late night, or even a Sunday, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, Life Alert is available 24/7!

So grab a bowl of your favorite chips and don’t worry if you encounter a food coma, Life Alert is only a push of a button away! But if you find those chips or your other favorite foods are being thrown away do their lack-luster flavor and you’re not eating as much, you may want to use the tips provided by Everyday Health1 to keep your loss of taste from inferring with your health and enjoyment of life.

1. Make meals social events. Eat with other seniors or at extended-family celebrations, potluck dinners, and community meals, Gerbstadt says. You’re more likely to eat well and get proper nutrition when you’re having a good time with family and friends. Shut-ins also can benefit from Meals-on-Wheels or other similar programs where friendly drivers with nutritious meals appear at their door.

2. Watch the temperature. Food that is supposed to be hot tastes better when it actually is hot, and food that is supposed to be served cold tastes better when it is cold, says Jessica Crandall, RD, CDE, program director for Sodexo Wellness and Nutrition Services and an ADA spokeswoman. “To increase the taste, you may need to make your dishes a little warmer or a little colder,” she says.

3. Use more herbs and spices. Herbs and spices will offer more flavor without increasing your blood pressure the way that salt does, Gerbstadt says. “There are hundreds available that will liven up any entrée or meal.” Crandall recommends basil for Italian foods; cilantro for Mexican, Latin American, and Asian cuisine; oregano for Italian and Greek cuisine; and turmeric for Indian cuisine. Cooked vegetables such as beets, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, turnips, and winter squash can benefit from some caraway, and dill seeds are a great addition to rice and fish dishes. Another no or low-sodium option is citrus juice, citrus zest, or flavored and aged vinegars, Gerbstadt says.

4. Try something new. “When you try new foods and experiment with recipes, you create variety,” Crandall says. “Variety can make meals more enticing and can build better nutrition into what you’re eating.” Even seniors who are set in their ways can be tempted to try something new and nutritious if it contains ingredients they like.

5. Savor your favorite meal. People very often have a particular time of day when they have a bigger appetite. For some, it’s right after they wake up, so breakfast is their main meal. For others, it’s later in the day, when they’re more alert but relaxed. Pay attention to what time of day you’re hungriest, and then make the most out of the meal that coincides with that time.

However, you should always check with a doctor that your loss of taste isn’t the result of a more serious medical condition.

Without taste, meal time can become a burden and no longer enjoyable. However with these tips you can make eating fun and social! However, be sure to check with your doctor that there are no underlying health issues resulting in your loss of taste. Enjoying food does result mostly from taste, just like enjoying life usually results from security and independence. You can have both of those things with Life Alert Protection! By wearing the Life Alert emergency pendant, you can receive an emergency medical response fast, 24/7, with one touch of a button.

Battling your taste buds is a war you can fight, but encountering a serious fall is a battle you may not be able to bounce back from. However, with Life Alert Protection you can! For a free brochure to learn more about Life Alert services, please call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. Orenstein, Beth W. “When Aging Steals Your Sense of Taste.” Everyday Health. 18 December 2014. < http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/when-aging-steals-your-sense-of-taste.aspx&gt;.

Have You Seen A Geriatrician?

Did you know that seniors over the age of 85 are the fastest-growing segment of the population? If you or a loved one you know is over the age of 65, frequent visits to a geriatrician can make all the difference in your health and overall wellbeing. Geriatricians are specialist in senior health, trained in caring for an aging body.1 Their wealth of knowledge can ensure that you stay healthy and happy throughout your golden years!

Health and safety go hand in hand, but sometimes achieving both of those simultaneously can seem almost impossible. However, with Life Alert Protection you can protect your health while simultaneously providing yourself with the best personal protection in the world. By simply wearing their weightless, waterproof emergency pendant, you can receive an emergency medical response at one touch of a button. A quick and professional response can be the difference between an accident and a tragedy. The longer you wait to get Life Alert Protection, the longer you are exposing yourself to the danger of an unprotected home invasion, home fire or serious fall. Don’t wait, get Life Alert today!

Although Life Alert knows the importance of maintaining your independent lifestyle, Geriatrician’s can work with you regarding your health so you can continue to live your senior years to the fullest. Everyday Health1 gave us a look at how many Geriatricians approach some of the more serious senior health issues.

Frailty. Frailty is an inevitable part of aging, but it may affect an elderly person’s ability to function independently at different times and in different ways, such as making them more susceptible to falls and needing more supervision and assistance. A geriatrician can help anticipate problems and put a care plan in place.
Multiple medical problems. Many seniors manage multiple medical conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and neurological conditions. A geriatrician has special training in how these conditions interact in seniors.
Multiple medications. Multiple medical conditions often require taking numerous prescription drugs. An older body breaks down medications differently than a younger one. Geriatricians are trained to recognize side effects and drug interactions in seniors.
Mental decline. Some loss of cognitive ability is an inevitable part of aging, but certain symptoms may indicate common conditions such as depression or Alzheimer’s disease. Geriatricians are trained to know the difference between the signs of normal aging and those of more serious illness. They can also provide the appropriate treatment for the condition.
Caregiving advice. Being a caregiver for someone with senior health issues can be confusing, stressful, and exhausting. Seniors may need help with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, or eating. A geriatrician can help with finding the right outside assistance and support from professionals such as a care manager or a home aide.

According to the American Geriatric Society, there are only about 9,000 certified geriatricians in the United States1. So, of course, finding a geriatrician who is taking on new patients can be difficult, but if you think seeing a geriatrician would benefit you or a loved one, ask your current primary care doctor to help with a referral.

While your new geriatrician can provide the answer to many of your health woes, they are not available 24/7 in the event of an emergency, but guess who is? Life Alert Protection! Simply wearing their emergency pendant can offer you a 24/7 emergency medical response fast with one touch of a button; ensuring the best in home personal protection that you can find. So don’t wait, get Life Alert Protection today! For a free brochure call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. Illades, Chris. “5 Great Reasons to See a Geriatrician.” Everyday Health. 12 April 2013.
< http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/5-great-reasons-to-see-a-geriatrician.aspx&gt;.