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    • 05 SEP 13
    Dietary Counseling

    Dietary Counseling

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    Senior Dietary Counseling is one of the many services offered at Oxnard Family Circle Adult Day Health Care Center. Diet and Nutrition are important aspects of senior day care. We promote a healthy lifestyle through our nutritional counseling services.

    Benefits of Senior Dietary Counseling

    When elders understand the impact of diet and nutrition on the quality of their lives, they begin to adopt a healthier lifestyle. A number of benefits result from senior dietary counseling including:

    • Increased mental activity
    • Prevention of illnesses and diseases
    • Higher energy levels
    • Stronger immune system
    • Faster healing and rehabilitation
    • Improved pain management and management of chronic health conditions

    Dietary Challenges and Problems

    As individuals age, physical and emotional factors begin to interfere with their diets. By seeking senior dietary counseling, senior citizens can learn to make certain lifestyle changes and tackle various health issues that they have. The following is an account of the various challenges senior citizens face when it comes to their diet and nutritional health.

    Reduced Activity: Elders and seniors with disabilities begin to reduce their activity and exercise levels as they age. This means that less calories are burned and metabolism slows down. More weight begins to add on, which may lead to other harmful effects such as heart disease.

    Appetite Changes: As we age, our senses begin to diminish causing changes in taste and appetite. A loss of appetite is common for elders who are struggling with a medical condition or other psychological problems.

    Emotional and Psychological Factors: Grief, loneliness and depression are common emotional and psychological factors that affect the diet of an elderly person. Some individuals stop eating while others begin to overeat.

    Vitamin Deficiency: The body has a difficult time processing vitamins and minerals as we age. Changes in the digestion system cause improper vitamin absorption. A lack of eating will also cause vitamin and mineral deficiency.

    Medication: Many senior citizens are on some form of medication. These prescription medicines can have certain affects on the diet. It is important to seek elder care services to manage a healthy diet that tackles medication challenges.

    Many health conditions of seniors result from psychological eating problems. The elderly, seniors with disabilities and Veterans need specialized nutritional counseling to adopt a healthy, well-balanced diet. There are certain health precautions and food intake guidelines that senior citizens must follow. We offer nutritional services that are tailored to the individual needs of each person.

    We are dedicated to helping senior citizens with food planning and offering consultations with dieticians to tackle specific challenges. Dietary conditions are unique to each individual and the diet of each individual is specific. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of each member of our adult day healthcare center and to restore self-care for frail elderly persons, adults with disabilities and retired Veterans. Nutritional and senior dietary counseling are some of the most effective and essential services offered at Oxnard Family Circle ADHC.

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