Jun 6, 2016 by Luke Ries
In order to get in better shape for summer, many of us often cut back on fatty foods and sugary beverages. However, once the season actually begins, our diets tend to become much worse. Between neighborhood cookouts and trips to get ice cream on a hot afternoon, it’s no wonder why our waistlines start to stretch when the sun comes out.
If not kept in check, overeating during the summer can lead to obesity quicker thank you might think. While it’s true that obesity is prevalent in all age groups, the statistics for seniors are alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 13 million obese older adults (persons aged 65 and older) between 2007–2010, just in the United States alone. Life-threatening conditions and diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are typically quick to follow.
You may be asking what you can do to help keep your senior loved one healthy, especially in a season when overeating can get out of hand. Here are a few tips for your consideration:
Your senior loved one’s health is of the utmost importance, and by following the tips above, you can help keep his or her weight down and still enjoy the summer festivities. For even more ideas on how to prevent weight gain this summer, check out the recommendations at Health.com.
Comfort Keepers® of Racine can also help. Our professional, compassionate caregivers offer a wide range of in-home care services, ranging from light housekeeping to Alzheimer’s care. When your loved one needs assistance this summer, remember that we’re ready to lend a helping hand. For more information, contact us or call today at (262) 299-0320.