Can Your Senior Battle Stress with Her Diet?

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Stress is something your elderly family member can do something about through a variety of different tools. One tool that she might want to explore is her diet. Changing your senior’s diet can have other health effects for her, too. Talk to your senior’s doctor before making any big dietary changes, just to ensure that the changes you plan to make won’t interfere with any treatments that are already part of her care plan.

Home Care Services Nazareth PA - Can Your Senior Battle Stress with Her Diet?

Home Care Services Nazareth PA – Can Your Senior Battle Stress with Her Diet?


Probiotic-rich foods are foods that have a lot of beneficial bacteria in them. These are often foods that are cultured, like yogurt, sauerkraut, or kimchi. The healthy bacteria go to work in your senior’s gut and multiply, continuing to enhance her health. There is some evidence that probiotic foods can have a healthy impact on mental health, including how your senior handles stress.

Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are a good type of fat that helps to improve all sorts of health issues for your senior. They can also help to reduce anxiety when taken at certain dosages. Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed oil, walnuts, shrimp, tuna, spinach, and oily fish like salmon and sardines. Supplements may also be a good way for your senior to get a consistent level of omega-3 fatty acids.

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens like spinach also have other nutrients that can help to fight stress. Magnesium is just one of those nutrients, but it’s a potent one. But spinach isn’t your senior’s other option. Arugula, collard greens, chard varieties, and kale are all excellent choices to add to the dark leafy greens category. Salads, smoothies, and including these veggies in dishes your senior already loves are all great ways to up her intake.

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices have been used for centuries medicinally as well as for flavorings. Lavender, chamomile, and valerian all have soothing properties. Ginger and turmeric can help with inflammation and possibly with stress and anxiety, too. If using herbs medicinally, talk with your senior’s doctor about how they might interact with any prescription medications that your elderly family member takes.

Eating some of these foods can take a lot more time and energy than your elderly family member wants to devote to cooking right now. She might find that handing cooking and meal preparation over to home care services providers gives her a chance to eat healthy foods all day long without having to do the tough part herself.

If you or a loved one are in need of Home Care Services in Nazareth PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author