Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate: Dr. Cynthia Speaks!

Topic: Nutritional Health Is for The Caregiver and The Care Recipient

Well, we did it! Remember, I committed the month of March (my birthday month) to share proactive tips to better care for our care recipients. The month of March has come to an end. The last blog on nutritional health will consider both, the caregiver, and the care recipient. Let us end the month by sharing insights on the fact that nutritional health goes both ways. The caregiver needs to eat healthily and provide healthy meals for our elderly parents or relatives.

Caring for the elderly takes a lot of love and compassion. Frankly, it a hard job, but someone must do it…RIGHT? One of the most critical roles of the caregiving process centers around food. For the caregivers to keep their energy strong, they must eat well. Eating well does not mean fancy, high-price foods. Proteins like eggs, yogurt, cheese, milk, nuts, fish, and chicken with a nice salad and steams vegetables make a nutritious meal. Now and then, have a smoothie or protein shake. They are delicious, and they can give a boost to the diet.

Both the caregiver and the care recipient should eat a balanced diet daily. This promotes a healthy eating lifestyle pattern. For medical and chronic conditions, as always, being mindful of low salt, low sugar, low-fat meals. This is vital not to exacerbate any health condition.

To the caregiver and the care recipients, you have my permission to spurge. Enjoy a guilty pleasure from time to time.. Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate!




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Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman

Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman

Dr. Hickman is the author of From the Lens of Daughter, Nurse, and Caregiver: A Journey of Duty and Honor and The Black Book of Important for Caregivers.