Tips for eating healthy as we age

Since retiring almost two years ago, I have noticed that my daily habits do not include healthy eating or eating as often as I should.  My calorie intake should be different now that I am not as active as when I was teaching high school students full time and I am aging. I hope the following tips help you as they did me.

healthy eatingHealthy Eating after 50

from The National Institute on Aging

Choosing healthy foods is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are!

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Eat many different colors and types of vegetables and fruits.
  • Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains.
  • Eat only small amounts of solid fats and foods with added sugars. Limit saturated fat (found mostly in foods that come from animals) and trans fats (found in foods like store-bought baked goods and some margarines).
  • Eat “good” (poly- and monounsaturated) fats, like those found in seeds, nuts, avocados, and fatty fish like salmon. Any fats added in cooking should come from olive, canola, corn, or vegetable oil.
  • Eat seafood twice a week. Small fish, like sardines or trout, or farm-raised fish (check the label) contain less mercury than large fish, like tuna. Mercury can be harmful.

How Many Calories Do People over Age 50 Need Each Day?

A woman: Who is not physically active needs about 1,600 calories

A woman: Who is somewhat active needs about 1,800 calories

A woman: Who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,000-2,200 calories

A man: Who is not physically active needs about 2,000 calories

A man: Who is somewhat active needs about 2,200-2,400 calories

A man: Who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,400-2,800 calories

Here’s a tip: Aim for at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of physical activity each week. Ten-minute sessions several times a day on most days are fine.”

Read more and download comprehensive Age Page – Healthy Eating After 50 brochure

Need dental work?

dental workGet Dental Work Before You Retire

by Kim Blanton, Squared Away Blog

March 9, 2017

“Caps, gum surgeries, implants, dental exotica – all kinds of things can and do go wrong in retirees’ mouths.

dental workBut dental coverage also drops sharply for older Americans, because when people retire, they give up their employer’s dental insurance. Without it, retirees needing dental work can face an unexpected, mini financial crisis.

Medicare does not cover routine dental procedures, a fact that a majority of working baby boomers are unaware of. But most seniors also aren’t covered through a spouse or under, say, a union dental insurance plan for retirees. The private dental insurance market is their only option for care, and very few purchase it.

Uninsured older Americans shell out $1,126 annually, on average, for dental work, which is $400 more than people with coverage spend. Out-of-pocket costs can be much higher in a year when extensive work is required.

There is also a hidden cost to not being covered.  Failing to deal with dental problems can cause other serious illnesses, from malnutrition to heart trouble.”

Read more about getting dental work

Lonely or socially isolated?

social isolation

Social isolation does not mean mom is lonely: Caregiver SOS

The two terms are not interchangeable, but it is important to find out why senior doesn’t want to leave the house.

2016 Aging Stats Report

Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being

2016 Aging Stats Report

“This report provides the latest data on the 41 key indicators selected by the Forum (on Aging Related Statistics) to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into six subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, health care, and environment.”

Download the Full 2016 Aging Stats Report (PDF)

Highlights from the 2016 Aging Stats Report can be found on page 19.

Download Individual Sections Format
Population XLS
Economics XLS
Environment XLS
Health Status XLS
Health Risks & Behaviors XLS
Health Care XLS
Special Feature: Informal Caregiving XLS
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