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Senior Times - October 2019Caregiver's
Anne Clark, Special to Senior Times
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A community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, Calhoun County Senior Senior Services, Battle Creek Family YMCA, Senior Care Partners PACE and Summit Pointe.
  As a family caregiver, one big concern many face is the level of nutri- tion of those you are providing care
to, what they are eating and what they are not. For some, you may think what difference does it make for the person regarding the foods and the conditions one might have. For others, it becomes almost obsessive to follow a nutrition plan to the “T”.
items such as oatmeal; fruits and veg- etable (complex carbohydrates); whole grain cereals (fiber); eggs, yogurt, nuts, and seeds (protein rich); and, last but not least, items such as avocados and coconut (good fats).
What about your nutrition? How do you manage what you are putting in your body? More importantly, what are you not getting that your body needs to function? This really became obvious as I sat in the Emergency Room with someone who is a diabetic and just after midnight, I had to remind her that she had not eaten all day and needed food. Her concern had been about the person who was being treated but never paid attention to what she was missing for her own body.
Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate – get that water in your body. (For those
who have to limit their liquid intake be sure to always follow your physician’s advice!) Most of us have always heard to get at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water in us a day (64 ounces). Water actually helps to keep your energy levels high, hunger down, digestion smooth, and your concentration sharp. There are some who say to drink water before a meal (helps to prevent overeat- ing) while others say not to drink water before a meal because it can hinder your digestion process. Some guidelines use 20 minutes before or 60 minutes after – just be sure to listen to your body.
I believe that because time is so lim- ited and many of us are in such a hurry we eat from a convenience standpoint. What can I grab and go because I have a long list of things I need to do? I know this is one big issue for me due to my schedule. How can you plan ahead to make sure there are items for you to grab and go that your body will most benefit from vs. items that will have a negative effect on your body?
Some tips are: avoid packed pro- cessed foods; visit the local farmers markets; be smart when you dine out (we often times think of this as a treat, however, it is a treat that can lead us down a not so good path); and carry snacks with you – this can help to prevent overeating and can keep your blood sugar steady. There are many other tips out there but one that I feel is very important is try not to eat too late. Eating something at least three hours before bed allows the food to digest and helps with better rest.
So how can you do this? Lets go back to the basics. We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day off right – eat breakfast. Breakfast helps
to sustain energy levels and will aid in managing your blood sugar. Have foods that will not put you on a blood sugar roller coaster. Breakfast might includes
The point is (as I tend to mention often) – YOU are very important; your nutrition and self-care is very important. Look out for you even when it comes to eating so you can be the BEST you
can be!
Social Security
By: Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
we might be able to pay a one-time payment of $255 to help with funer- al expenses. We suggest reading a copy of our online publication, How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies, at www.
My father receives Social Security retirement benefits and I will be in charge of his estate when he dies. Should that occur, do I need to report his death to Social Security or will benefits automatically stop?
When your father dies, please notify Social Security as soon as pos- sible at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800- 325-0778). Another person, such as a spouse, may be eligible for survivors benefits based on his record. Also,
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   (Between Capital Avenue and 20th Street)
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