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The Importance of Diet & Exercise to the Elderly


Senior Care in Coconut Creek/Parkland FL: The Importance of Diet & Exercise to the Elderly

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published a study conducted on over 2,000 individuals over the age of 55 regarding diet and its impact on the quality of their lives. The results: higher diet quality, meaning a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish, was associated with a better quality of life.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that “sustained physical activity in older age is associated with improved overall health.” This was true even for those that had taken up physical activity later in life. Healthy aging was defined as freedom from chronic disease, no decrease in cognitive impairment, no physical limitations and general mental health.

These studies demonstrate the importance of maintaining access to good, quality food sources as well as centers that offer activities to the senior population. At a time when transportation options may be diminishing or more sedentary lifestyles may influence choices, it is vital to ensure your loved one has access to necessary products and activities that create a healthy lifestyle.


One easy to incorporate method of achieving good dietary choices is the Choose MyPlate method. This healthy diet approach suggests filling up your plate at mealtime according to the following: half of the plate is filled with fruits and vegetables, one-quarter is whole grains and the other quarter is high-quality protein. More information on this approach can be found at

Additional dietary concerns are maintaining a low salt intake, limiting alcohol intake, and stop smoking. Choose healthy fats such as those found in olive oil, avocados and nuts and limit saturated and Trans fats found in processed foods, high-fat meat and dairy products.


A sedentary lifestyle leads to loss of muscle with associated loss of strength, decreased joint mobility and fatigue. This in turn can lead to falls and associated fear of falling. Though your parent may not have full physical capabilities, there is always some place to start. There are specific classes for those that are wheelchair bound. Both the YMCA and the local senior community center offer various exercise classes designed for seniors including water aerobics for those experiencing joint pain.

Senior Care Provider

For those seniors that need support with the daily activities of living or help incorporating a healthy diet and exercise program into their lives, consider obtaining the services of a senior care provider. These professionals can do the grocery shopping, prepare health-conscious meals, and provide transportation to classes, as well as companionship during your parent’s daily walks.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Coconut Creek/Parkland, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.



Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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