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3 Biggest Holiday Stumbling Blocks For the Elderly Diet

by Charlie Kimball · 0 comments

It’s easy to blow your elderly diet when the holidays are here! It seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the New Year, and here we are just about to celebrate another one!  Holiday cheer usually means putting on the pounds with the pastries, hams, and other yummy holiday food gifts.

Our elderly loved ones are just as prone to want the holiday fixin’s as the rest of us, but holiday foods bring the three biggest things to watch in their elderly diet: fats, salt, and sugar.  Keeping these three things in check helps keep them away from using their medical bracelets for a health emergency.


That deep fried turkey, those potato chips, or perhaps a love for hazelnuts can all lead to higher levels of cholesterol, a cause of heart disease.  Keeping fats under control with moderation is the key to a healthy, happy diet for our elderly loved ones.

As we age, the body sometimes loses the ability to process fats, leading to intense abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other issues. If your loved one has had their gall bladder removed they may more prone to this. The rule here is to just be careful with what you and your loved one ingests. However, if fat leads to severe indigestion, use your bracelets for medical emergency and help will be on the way.


If it’s in a can, it most likely has additional salt for preservation.  Salt has been used as a preservative and taste enhancer for ages, and food processors love to put it into everything.  The recommended daily allowance of sodium is 2,300 mg, but most people in the US eat far more than that. Excess salt can lead to hypertension over time, and there’s a higher risk for it in elderly people.

In fact, there are many who recommend that the salt intake be reduced by at least half for elderly people.

Here are the per-serving sodium counts of some of our favorite foods.

1 serving of Campbell’s Vegetable Beef Soup 890mg

1 serving of Libby’s Canned Green Beans 290mg

1 Lean Cuisine Glazed Chicken Meal 450mg

1 serving V8 481mg

While one salty meal is not necessarily cause for concern, a history of salty meals is.  Excess salt consumption can also lead to other health issues like edema (water retention) and other problems related to retaining extra water.  While many uses of our medical bracelets are for immediate emergencies like falls, some are for emergencies that happen as a result of long-term bad diet.



The holidays are an amazing time to enjoy the cooking skills of our friends and loved ones, especially desserts.  They are probably putting out holiday cookies by the ton. Like everyone else, our elderly loved ones are also more likely to have their sugar intake boosted during this time of year. If they have a history of eating too many sweet things, there’s a possibility of problems related to diabetes. Have your loved one check their blood sugar regularly if they plan to indulge in a lot of sugary foods this year. It’s another thing we can do to keep from using those emergency bracelets, after all.

If you’re responsible for being the caretaker of your favorite elderly loved one, make sure that they keep a steady age-appropriate elderly diet.  Fresh or frozen foods are often better than canned.  Make sure that they’re eating in moderation, rather than going crazy with the calories.  This keeps them healthy and vibrant for years to come.


3 Biggest Holiday Stumbling Blocks For the Elderly Diet
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3 Biggest Holiday Stumbling Blocks For the Elderly Diet
Maintaining a balanced elderly diet is hard during the holidays - here are three big things to watch for.
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