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My sister opened the door of our mother’s nursing home room one afternoon just in time to see the nursing assistant hit her. It was a real haymaker that snapped Mother’s head back.

“Why did you hit my mother?” my sister asked.

“I asked her to sit up and she didn’t,” the young woman replied. Our mother was....

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If you’re a caregiver, you may have already read articles about the importance of preventing burnout. Usually these articles include a suggestion to join a support group. Perhaps you’re reluctant to do so because you wonder what caregiver groups are all about and whether joining one would really help you.  The overall goal of caregiver support groups is to enhance participants’ coping skills through mutual support and information sharing. Objectives may include:.....

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8. Yogurt – It’s a good source of calcium and probiotics, which means it protects against bone mineral density loss and osteoporosis and also optimizes gut health by removing harmful bacteria. Get yogurt fortified with vitamin D, which helps in the absorption of calcium. Yogurt has protein also and helps you digest food.


9. Fiber – Dietary fiber, especially that found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, helps regulate the digestive system, which may ease constipation. Fiber can reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation, resulting in a healthier heart. Fiber also lowers the risk of diabetes, controls blood sugar and helps fight obesity.


10. Olive oil – This helps increase your amount of anti-oxidants. According to one study, there was a drop in bad cholesterol (LDL) and an increase in good cholesterol (HDL) among people given extra virgin olive oil.


11. Carotenoid-containing Foods – The phytonutrients found in yellow vegetables and fruits such as orange bell peppers, carrots, squash and oranges can help improve the skin’s vibrancy and stop collagen breakdown.


12. Green Tea – You can drink it hot or cold; it’s full of flavonoids that may protect against heart disease and certain cancers. It also contains catechins (one of the most effective compounds for preventing sun damage such as hyperpigmentation) and polyphenols (antioxidants that combat free-radical damage and may reverse the effects of aging).


13. Wine – Red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that likely contributes to its benefits and, according to animal studies, may activate genes and slow cellular aging.


14. Water – The lack of H20 can lead to dehydration, fatigue, mild headaches, constipation and many other health problems. So make sure you drink enough water every day.

With age, the body changes. Digestion isn’t as efficient. Your sense of taste may change due to medications or you may have problems chewing. A visit to the doctor will let you know you need to eat a balanced and healthy diet, combined with adequate exercise, and take other measures to age well.


Here is a list of the best anti-aging foods you can eat:


1. Berries – They are delicious and packed with various anti-oxidants that prevent or reduce damage to your cells. All berries possess a high concentration of minerals and vitamins that can protect cell health and stave off the effects of free radicals.


2. Salmon – Along with other fatty fish such as sardines and mackerel, salmon is heart healthy and high in omega-3 fatty acids and may help prevent stroke. It’s recommended to get at least two servings of salmon a week.


3. Beans – Most beans are packed with fiber and minerals, which are crucial for overall health. They prevent bloating, constipation and cramping and improve nutrient intake.

THE BEST ANTI-AGING FOODS

4. Dark Chocolate – It’s full of flavonoids that protect the skin from various types of UV radiation, which speeds up the aging process.


5. Cruciferous Vegetables – Cauliflower and broccoli help the liver break down and excrete toxins. Broccoli, enriched with beta-carotene and vitamin C, helps keep weight down. Steaming broccoli is the best way to hold onto its nutrients. Kale is full of vitamin K, potassium and lutein that keep blood pressure in check and help maintain healthy bones and vision.


6. Tomatoes – They are high in lycopene, which can help protect against lung and prostate cancer. Processed or cooked tomatoes, as in paste, sauce and juice, may be more effective than raw ones; mashing or heating them releases more of the fruit’s lycopene.


7. Nuts – They’re full of omega- 3s, unsaturated fats, protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber, which can have a great impact on your bone strength, inflammation, blood pressure, hormonal balance and growth and repair of cells and tissues. Try to get five one-ounce servings per week.

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer and blogger who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She can be approached through her blog (www.aha-now.com) and Web site, www.harleenasingh.com. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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