3 Reasons Why Senior Nutrition Should Matter to YOU

 
Nutrition should be something that matters in your own life, for various reasons, but it should also matter that seniors are getting or receiving proper, nutritious meals and programs. Here are 3 reasons senior nutrition should matter to you.
 

Required Medications

According to NCOA, approximately 92% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two. Four chronic diseases—heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—cause almost two-thirds of all deaths each year. Because of these diseases and illnesses, many seniors are required to take medication on a regular basis at regulated times. Many of these medications are supposed to be taken with something in their stomachs. Providing proper nutrition is also crucial to ensuring that any of the side effects of certain medications are met with nourishing meals.
 

Lowered Immune Stability

As we all get older our immune systems begin to fight a tougher fight. Add in a few other medical complications and your body is not only fighting age but beginning to fight itself. Ensuring a proper diet, especially when most are not able to be as physically active. Maintaining a healthy immune system as a senior can also assist in preventing common colds and illness which can lead to difficult recoveries from treatments and any minor or major surgeries that may be required for them.
 

Seniors Matter Too

Just because they are the older ones in the class doesn’t mean that seniors don’t matter. As we age we also may need to rely on those around us in order to cook and shop for appropriate meals. Being in long-term care facilities can also limit the control seniors may have over the types of food they are served and when. Caring about seniors especially those closest to you means you can make sure they continue to thrive as they age.

 
ContinYou Care is dedicated to improving the user experience and meal programs in long-term care facilities. Senior healthcare and proper nutrition are our top priority.

3 Ways Technology Has Improved Healthcare

 

New innovations in healthcare are more and more common with the advancements in technology. It goes without saying, technology is improving our everyday life as it is making data and tools much more accessible. The healthcare industry, in particular, has improved from the moment you feel ill to actually seeking medical attention.

In this article, we highlight some of the best advancements in technology in terms of healthcare.

 

The Internet

As the internet becomes more accessible (currently over 89% of North American’s have access to the internet), the tools available become more advanced. Instead of calling your doctor or taking a trip to the hospital, looking up your symptoms is now as easy as typing them out online (we recommend Web MD). Internet users are also investigating different methods of treatments and medicines providing them with the research and data to make a much more informed decision.

Social media is even playing a huge role in education with healthcare facilities investing in social campaigns and building awareness about common illnesses and/or tools to seek help. Some sites are even offering online chats with real nurses and doctors that provide you with guidance immediately.

The internet is providing information leaving users more empowered to research and possibilities.

 

New Machines, Medicines, and Treatments

One of the greatest developments in healthcare is the obvious improvements in machines, medicines, and treatments that have been saving lives and enhancing the chance of recovery. Improving quality of life is one of the main benefits of integrating new innovations into medicine. Medical technologies like minimally-invasive surgery, monitoring systems, and more comfortable equipment are allowing patients to spend less time in recovery and more time enjoying a healthy life with their friends and family.

 

Patient Care

Information technology has made caring for patients in healthcare facilities much more efficient. With patient history available at the tip of your finger and results being transferred immediately, healthcare workers have more data available to make a better judgment and offer better assistant.

Most healthcare professionals usually carry around a smart device (such as a phone) and are easily contacted or reached in emergency situations.


Below are some of the ways ContinYou Care improves patient care and worker efficiency:

 

Dietary And Nutrition Alerts

The most important function of our software is ensuring your staff knows exactly what your residents can and cannot eat.

 

Meal Preferences

We like to set your staff up for smiles. With controls in place to allow for simple inputs, your staff can make sure every resident gets their meal served to them exactly how they like it.

 

Reduced Wait Time

Your residents have strict routines. We understand that any departure from that can be problematic, and success involves staying as on-track as possible. Our solution ensures all residents are served quickly at every meal.

 

Multilingual Solution

We just as focused on process improvement as we are on communication improvement. In many ways, they are the same problem. Our multilingual solution ensures all staff and residents can understand, interpret and make decisions using the ContinYou Care system.


Technology has come so far and yet there is still so much room for improvement. In your opinion, what do you think the best advancement within the healthcare industry is so far? Tweet us and let us know @ContinYouCare.

Thanks for reading!

Ontario Society of Nutrition Management Conference

On September 22nd & 23rd, ContinYou Care attended the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management conference as a silver sponsor at the Best Western Plus Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre in London, Ontario.

We talked with a lot of industry members and attended some insightful speaker sessions. One speaker, Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics, discussed “Do Our Genes Determine What We Should Eat?”

This topic really interested us as he focused on increasing awareness among researchers, educators, healthcare professionals, and consumers that the one-size-fits-all, population-based approach to nutritional guidance is inefficient and often ineffective. Incorporating markers of genetic variation into studies of nutrition and health aims to benefit those seeking personalized dietary advice, but should also improve public health recommendations by providing sound scientific evidence linking diet and health.

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