By George Hodgman
Viking, $27.94, 288 pages
Many caregiving memoirs follow a familiar pattern: a parent becomes increasingly frail and forgetful; dementia is diagnosed, conflicts within family or with doctors complicate care, end-of-life decisions must be made. The author mourns but feels enriched by the experience.
It’s 2 a.m. and you’re crawling into bed after meeting a tight deadline, dreading the alarm that will ring in a few short hours. Or maybe you’ve been tossing and turning all night, furious at your inability to sleep as the clock ticks steadily toward morning. You spend the next day forgetful, irritable, unable to concentrate and making simple errors.
The health status of older adults is influenced by multiple factors, and the quality of diet over the life course and in old age is increasingly recognized as a crucial, but modifiable, determinant of health. But food contributes far more than nutrients. And for older adults, consuming an optimal diet is complicated by the social and physical changes that often accompany aging, making it necessary to identify and help vulnerable groups of elders.
Good Food = Nutrients, Emotion, Memory
Given that older adults sacrificed so much to establish and protect life in America as we know it, why do we allow millions of them to face the threat of hunger? And why do we allow millions of older adults—some of whom also face hunger—to suffer, against their will, from obesity?
You know the old saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Isn’t it a bit insane that we continue to build and remodel homes that are not designed to age in place?
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