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Why Your Elderly Loved One Should Eat Blueberries

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on August 10, 2015

As seniors age, diminished appetites may mean they don’t always get enough of the nutrients they need to stay healthy. If your elderly loved one has begun eating less, one way to make sure he or she gets all of their essential vitamins and minerals is to serve nutrient-rich foods. At Chandler Home Care Assistance, the senior care experts suggest serving blueberries as an easy way to help promote senior health.

1. Provides a Brain Boost

Studies show that eating blueberries daily improves memory and slows down or postpones age-related cognitive decline. This brain boost is related to the large number of antioxidants found in blueberries, which can help reduce the brain-tissue inflammation that leads to memory conditions like Alzheimer’s.

2. Regulates Blood Sugar

Eating blueberries can help stabilize blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. As most berries, including blueberries, have a low glycemic index and high fiber, they are an excellent way to your loved one can moderate his or her blood sugar levels while still being able to enjoy something sweet. However, be aware: Make sure you are serving blueberries or 100% blueberry juice, rather than sugar-rich blueberry treats, like muffins or pie.

3. Protects Eyes

The antioxidants in blueberries can protect the retina of the eye from damage from the sun or pollutants in the air. To protect your loved ones eyes and prevent further retina damage, ask your loved one’s 24-hour or hourly caregiver in Chandler to include blueberries into your loved one’s morning yogurt or cereal.

4. Promotes Cardiovascular System

If your senior loved one suffers from hypertension, consuming blueberries can help moderate his or her blood pressure. The antioxidants and anthocynanins in blueberries can also lower cholesterol and help reduce build up in the arteries.

5. Reduces Risk of Cancer

Recent research shows that blueberries may have anti-cancer properties because of the large number of anthocynanins. This chemical, which is also what gives blueberries their blue color, attacks free-radicals that can lead to cancer, helping to diminish your loved one chances of developing breast, small intestine, esophageal, and colon cancers.

If you’re looking for ways to help your loved one stay healthy, turn to Home Care Assistance. A leading provider of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in Chandler, our professional caregivers are expertly trained to help seniors with a variety of daily tasks, including grocery shopping and meal preparation, to help ensure your loved one is comfortable, happy, and healthy in his or her own home. To ask questions about our services, give a knowledgeable Care Manager a call at 480.448.6215 and schedule a free in-home consultation.