Helping Seniors Navigate the Thanksgiving Feast with Diabetes

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Posted: 11/20/2017 1:23 PM by Interim HealthCare
There’s nothing like gathering with beloved family members at Thanksgiving – taking time to slow down and reminisce over holidays past, catch up on the latest family news, and enjoy a delicious feast with all the trimmings. But for those with diabetes, the sugary, carbohydrate-rich meals of the holiday can be health hazards. 

At Interim HealthCare, we want to help seniors with diabetes fully enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal, while keeping their health in check. It’s important to first check with the physician for recommendations on foods that can be safely eaten, and any that should be avoided altogether. 

Another great resource, Create Your Plate, is available from the American Diabetes Association, allowing you to test meal choices in advance by adding sample quantities of different foods to an online plate and receiving feedback on how healthy or unhealthy those choices may be for someone with diabetes. 

The following tips can also help:
  • Pre-determine portion sizes. Begin by imagining a line dividing your plate into three sections – one large section that covers half of the plate, and the second half divided into two smaller sections.

  • Fill each section accordingly. In the largest section, include as many non-starchy vegetables as you’d like, such as asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, peppers, and radishes. In each of the two smaller sections, add whole grains/starches (whole wheat bread, rice, potatoes, peas, corn), and proteins (poultry, beef, pork, cheese, eggs, tofu, etc.). 

  • Select healthy add-ons. A serving of dairy and fruit can be added in if the senior’s dietary requirements allow them, along with water and unsweetened coffee or tea and small amounts of healthy fats for cooking, salad dressings and toppings, etc.
An in-home care professional , such as a caregiver from Interim HealthCare, can aid in a variety of ways with ensuring a healthy and enjoyable Thanksgiving.
For instance, we can:
  • Shop for groceries and keep the pantry and fridge stocked with healthy food choices

  • Prepare meals in accordance with any dietary restrictions

  • Provide transportation and accompaniment to holiday parties and gatherings

  • Pick up prescriptions and run other errands

  • Offer friendly companionship to relieve isolation and loneliness and participate in enjoyable activities together
Contact our New York-licensed, RN-supervised care team at Interim HealthCare  to learn more about how we can help improve quality of life for your senior loved one with our customized in-home care services. Call us at your convenience  at (518) 452-3655 in Albany, or at (518) 798-6811 in Glens Falls.

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