For your loved ones, staying at a healthy weight is crucial to their health. Many use BMI as an indicator of overall health, with guidelines recommending that all adults keep their BMI between 18 and 24.9. However, it is a little different for older adults. It is recommended that older adults keep their BMI between 25 and 30 to prevent the thinning of bones and frailness of the body. Essentially, a higher BMI could promote longevity but an overly high BMI could result in health issues. A lower BMI could also open the realm to a different set of health implications. With the extra precautions we have to take when it comes to our loved ones, what steps can we take to achieve the ideal weight for them? Scroll down to find out!
If Your Loved One Is Overweight
Although having a higher BMI than a normal adult is ideal for your loved ones, being above the BMI of 31 may result in weight-related health conditions. Some examples are strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Tips To Lose Weight
- Eat foods rich in protein: Protein keeps your loved ones satiated for longer, and prevents them from reaching out for those midday snacks that are detrimental to their weight and health!
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks: Sugary drinks are often one of the biggest culprits in contributing to an excessive calorie intake!
- Engage in exercise: Focus on exercises that put the least strain on the joints, such as walking or water exercises for ideally 150 minutes a week. However, have a chat with your loved ones’ doctor before embarking on any new exercise programs.
If Your Loved One Is Underweight
For the elderly, losing weight is common and may be a hindrance to your loved ones achieving independence. Being underweight could mean a lack of nutrients and lesser muscles, and increases fall risks which could lead to lower life expectancy.
Tips To Gain Weight
- Eat smaller meals more often: Eating smaller meals will not make your loved ones too full at once and can expand the appetite to make space for more food later.
- Eat high-calorie foods, accompanied by high-calorie drinks: This could make it easier for your loved ones to gain weight without having to struggle with possible forced consumption of the food!
- Engage in exercise: Focus on strength-training exercises to strengthen the muscles and prevent frailty. Exercising can also help your loved ones’ appetite to increase. However, have a chat with your loved ones’ doctor before embarking on any new exercise programs.
Regency Pointe Cares About Your Loved Ones’ Health
At Regency Pointe, every day is a day for new adventures and recreation. At our programs such as Senior Living Health Programs, we encourage your loved ones to keep fit with their neighbors and friends to sustain a healthy, fun, and fulfilling life! We also ensure our meals are dutifully prepared with delicious yet healthy and nourishing ingredients in our Senior Living Catered Dining program. We look out for your loved ones’ all-rounded health, not only weight-related but also fitness of the mind and body!