Multivitamin/mineral supplements and dietary supplements continue to grow in popularity. More than half of adults report taking a dietary supplement and over 1/3 reported taking a multivitamin in a 2011 National Centers for Health Statistic brief. In 2007, sales of dietary supplements reached more than $23 Billion. With this growth in sales, the number of products available on store shelves is also growing. Dietary supplements are frequently advertised on television, radio and in magazines. For many older adults, it can be confusing to understand which vitamins might be right for them. Continue reading
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If someone in your family has swallowing difficulties, finding a complete line of high-quality foods and thickeners is probably one of your top priorities. Walgreens makes it simple. With nearly 8,000 stores nationwide serving approximately six million customers each day – plus a user-friendly online store – Walgreens is an ideal retail partner for the equally convenient THICK & EASY® thickeners and pre-thickened foods and beverages, and MED PASS® nutritional shakes. Continue reading
Did you know that your body actually needs more calcium and Vitamin D as you age? That means many people have to work harder to get enough of these important nutrients in their diets. What’s the risk of getting too little? Inadequate levels have been linked to everything from high blood pressure to brittle bones. For those who are aging and/or having trouble swallowing, getting more dietary calcium and Vitamin D can be made easier with fortified products such as THICK & EASY® pre-thickened dairy and MED PASS® nutritional shakes. Continue reading
Sitting down together at the dinner table each night is great for fostering both a healthy lifestyle and togetherness as a family. Relatives with dysphagia want to feel included in household activities, and with different diets and hectic schedules, that can be a challenge. However, preparing nutritious family meals and eating together doesn’t necessarily require hours slaving in the kitchen, a gourmet cooking background or a budget bust. With these simple family dinner tips and helpful products such as THICK & EASY® thickeners and pre-thickened foods and beverages and MED PASS® nutritional shakes, you and your loved ones can find time to enjoy one another’s company – and delicious meals – every night of the week. Continue reading
A dysphagia diagnosis may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. You likely received a lot of helpful hospital discharge information, and it may be helpful to review some typical key points again. Acute care speech-language pathologist Ann Collins, MA, CCC-SLP, has helped many newly diagnosed dysphagia patients get accustomed to their new diets, including showing them how to get more variety into their meals by using products such as THICK & EASY®. In a recent interview, she shared a few helpful reminders for everything from managing appointments to preparing appetizing, safe-to-swallow meals.
Caring for your aging relatives and for your own children are, individually, full-time commitments. When you suddenly have to do both, the stress often ramps up to a new level. If this sounds like your household, you may be among the estimated 44.4 million Americans, ages 40-65, labeled the “Sandwich Generation”. Hormel Health Labs has ways to make your tight schedule a little more manageable; at least when it comes to nutrition. Continue reading
A healthy appetite and good nutrition are the important first steps to improving nutritional intake and preventing malnutrition.
Interventions for involuntary weight loss include:
- Monitor meal-time intake.
- Offer snacks at all activities.
- Provide six small meals per day.
- Use high-calorie, high-protein shakes between meals.
- Follow a medication pass program that delivers calorie dense products.
- Keep an updated list of likes and dislikes.
- Weigh frequently.
- Assure proper table side positioning at meals.
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