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Gender Differences of Nutrition and Aging

We all age differently. A contributor to this is our gender. As we age we are also at increased risk for under-nutrition. Females are markedly at risk for undernutrition than males. Undernutrition increases one’s risk for:

1. Depression
2. Lower cognitive ability
3. Lower physical ability
4. Increased diagnosed diseases.

A way to combat this undernutrition is to eat with others. A Nutrition and Health Survey from Taiwan cited that when older men ate with others they were more likely to have higher meat and vegetable intakes and greater dietary quality than those who ate alone. It concluded that eating with others was an independent survival factor in older men. Providing a social aspect during meal time not only the increased quality of life but overall survival. Under nutrition may also occur because as we age it becomes more difficult to perform tasks such as meal planning, grocery trips, and cooking. If one is already not intaking adequate nutrition than the higher level cognitive tasks of meal planning and prepping may prove too much for them. This is where Perfect Solutions for Seniors can help. We understand the importance of good nutrition for the overall quality of life. Our caregiver’s and CNA’s will work with you to help you organize your meals, meal prep for you and even cook your meals.

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Seizures and Elderly

Seizures or medical term, epilepsy, is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
3 Types of Seizures that can occur in the elderly and their symptoms are as follows :
Simple Partial Seizures
• Jamais vu ( familiar things suddenly become unfamiliar
• Trembling that moves up one side of the body
• Déjà vu
• Out of body experiences
• Sudden shifts in mood
• Unexplained anger or fear
• Disturbed speech
Complex Partial Seizures
• Lip smacking
• Lack of response to others
• Repeated phrases
• Senseless, clumsy movements
• Disrobing
• Being briefly unaware of danger or pain
Generalized Seizures
• Brief staring
• Sudden muscle contractions
• Sudden falls
• Convulsions
Here at PSFS, we gladly will attend all your Dr. appointments and become a liaison for you and your family if they cannot attend. As always, its our family taking care of yours.
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Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) Stroke in Seniors

Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) Stroke in Seniors

One neurological disorder that can occur is a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) or commonly known as a stroke. A stroke can occur at any age, but the risk increases over the age of 65. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early action is key. Here are some signs and symptoms to look for if you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke:

  1. Numbness on side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion
  3. Sudden trouble with vision
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of dizziness
  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause

The CDC recommends to act F.A.S.T. and utilize the following simple test;

1. F-Face-Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

2. A-Arms-Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

3. S-Speech-Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

4. T-Time- If you see any of these signs, call 911 right away.

At Perfect Solutions for Seniors, we recommend to have a list of all your doctor’s information on your refrigerator, so your family can have it readily accessible. www.cdc.gov

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