I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Diet Tips to Meet Your Nutritional Needs Back
Now that the kids are out of the house, it’s okay to have ice cream for breakfast, right? It may seem tempting to just relax and go against all of those nutritional “rules” you enforced with your family for so many years just for fun, but there are many reasons why eating healthy is one of the smartest choices you can make now that the kids are long gone. For many seniors, it can be challenging to choose healthy foods simply because food may not taste the same anymore, or you they not be able to get to the grocery store. Some seniors struggle with loss of appetite, so they just snack on less healthy options throughout the day. Whatever the reasons for not eating healthy, there are more essential reasons to eat nutritionally so that you can receive the fuel your body needs at this stage in your life.
How Much Should I Eat Daily?
The National Institute on Aging provides a helpful answer on that:
How many calories do people over age 50 need each day?
A Woman: Who is physically active needs about 1,600 calories
Who is somewhat active needs about 1,800 calories
Who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,000-2,200 calories
A Man: Who is not physically active needs about 2,000 calories
Who is somewhat physically active needs about 2,200-2,400 calories
Who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,400-2,800 calories
What Should I Eat?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that a healthy diet is rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. So what does that look like throughout your day and on your plate? Try getting started with a few of these ideas:
Eat many different colors and types of fruits and vegetables
Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains
Eat only small amounts of solid fats and foods with added sugars. Limit saturated fat (found mostly in foods that come from animals) and trans fats (found in store-baked goods)
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Enjoy your food, but eat less if you’re overweight
Read the nutrition fact labels to find ones with lower fat, added sugar and sodium
Whenever possible, choose fresh foods rather than packaged
Stay hydrated by drinking water instead of soda
Keep food safe! Throw out food that is expired, and make sure foods such as eggs, fish and shellfish, meat, and poultry are all properly cooked.
Ask your doctor about which vitamins or supplements you should be taking
Many seniors have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis. These conditions can be prevented or better managed by paying particular attention to a nutritional diet. Your doctor may recommend that you eat foods that are rich in nutrients, lower in calories, lower in sodium, or sugar. Discuss your dietary needs with your doctor if you have a health problem or take medication that requires special dietary consideration.
Let’s face it, the rewards of eating a well-balanced diet far outweigh the fun of eating ice cream for breakfast. In the long run, you will remain more energized, maintain a healthy weight, and lower your risk of developing chronic health problems by paying particular attention to your dietary choices and meeting your nutritional needs. If you feel like you can improve your food choices, pick one area from the list above and start today!
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of ...Show More
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.