Valentine’s Day is about connections, acknowledging those you love and appreciate, as well as taking time for yourself. Daphne Davis at Pinnacle Senior Placements discusses aspects of your physical health and wellness: the body, mind and spirit. As we age, there are definitely changes in our body, our machinery. It is a machine and it does need to have some tweaking, some oil changes and tune-ups. Don’t be afraid to do those things to keep our bodies at optimum efficiency. Keep in mind nutrition, medication and hydration.
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The following podcast is provided by pinnacles senior placements LLC and answers for elders radio. And welcome everyone to answers for elders radio and happy Belated Valentine’s Day to everyone. And we think about all the things that happen just during this weekend and we are so lucky to have our wonderful Daphne Davis with us from pinnacles senior placements. And Daphne, did you have a Nice Valentine’s Day? We did. My husband and I went up to Anacortis and we spent some time with their north of Seattle and my hometown, my hometown. Yeah, fun, yeah, well, you know, I I love Valentine’s Day. Is really an important time. Not necessarily it’s not to me about roses and flowers and all that stuff, but it’s about connection. Yeah, and it’s about really, you know, taking the time to just really acknowledge, you know, the people that you love, not only your significant other but you know other people right and it is a good time to just kind of check out and say I want to just smell the roses. Yeah, but it’s a guess, for it is and maybe just to focus on yourself and the things that you enjoy about yourself and the people that are around you. Yeah, your family perhaps, or there’s significant people that give you support, right, you know, just to kind of say I appreciate you. Yes, that’s it. And and in the month of February answers for elders is really focusing on health and wellness, which really Daphne’s going to be with US everyone for the entire hour, which I know most of our listeners are going to be very excited about because she’s definitely a fan favorite and you know, I have asked Daphne to kind of go through Daphne Davis has wellness formula, you know, because you really talk about the whole picture. You know, it’s a more of a holistic thing and you always have been this information post of you know, how does how do we navigate through, you know, the process of changes, but a lot of that is how do we keep our head above water, not only from you know, the senior side obviously, but for the family as well exactly. And so so I’d like to get this start on just that whole body thought. If we think about body, mind and, you know spirit, just a holistic kind of kind of approach, but thinking about your body and just the physical health that we need, and as we have more birthdays, there are definitely changes in our machinery, our body ritory, and it is a machine and it does need to have some tweaking and some oil changes and some tuneups, and so to not be afraid of doing those things so that we can keep bit an optimum exactly efficiency. So, moving away from that, though, there are three kind of areas to think about and I want you to all kind of picture a three legged stool in your mind. Okay, so three legs and each one of those legs of the stool are going to be represented by the following things, and one is going to be nutrition, one leg is medication and one leg is hydration. MMM, very nutrition, medication, hydration. And on that three legged stool, if one of those legs on it, on the stool, physical SC and a fall, the whole thing falls apart. Eventually it doesn’t have the ability to stand on it’s just two legs, right. I mean that takes extra strength of the body that’s using it. So think about those three things. All of them are very important and if one of them is off, you can pretty much bet that the other two are going to follow. And you know what, that applies to everyone, not no matter what age you are. I mean, think about it. Yeah, it’s very true. Yep, so in terms of just that reality, he’s Oh, you know, the Elixir of life. Water. You’ve heard me say that before, but it is so true. Water, water, water, water, hydration, keeping things, you know, lubricated and moving and flushing out and all of that. So water is really important. A lot of people ask me what can it be? The juice? CAN IT BE? The coffee? Can it? Yes, I mean that’s beneficial, but nothing is as good as water. Put on a few drops of, you know, some essential oil or something, or squirt some lemon in it or whatever to give it a little extra flavor, but water is it. Don’t, don’t walk away from the water. And generally people ask me again how much should I well or drink, and I’m like, well, I have three glasses. I always have a SIP. No, no, no, if you feel thirsty, you need water. Well before the time of feeling thirsty. Right. If you’re like Oh, I don’t really need any water, drink some water, because then you’re hydrated. You want to stay hydrated. So as we have more birthdays, that hydration becomes more critical because it can affect our mental clarity and the toxins in our body. It’s like as our body has to eliminate. Obviously water is a big factor, especially as we get older, and we have an article in the newsletter right now talking about how the how seniors will get more constipated just because their body doesn’t have the ability to process. And really it’s really like it you slowing down. It’s you know, it’s just the way that it is. It’s a machine is just slowing down. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a thing. And so this it’ll go into other areas of our health. But then the second thing I want to think about as a nutrition. Yes, we’re getting calories, yes, we’re, you know, eating something, but really focus on protein. Protein is what’s needed to at a cellular level to have your cells kind of get rejuvenated. You know. So interesting, Daphne, you say that I used to not really crave protein very much. I used to eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, you know, maybe some pasta with veggies in it. I wasn’t a big protein person. I’ve gotten more so is, I’ve gotten older, interesting. Maybe your body’s craving it. You know, you just don’t know, and that process doesn’t say yeah, it doesn’t have to be in the meat form. I mean no, it can be in a lot of different forms of how that beings, different things like yet a small all kinds of things that you can get protein sources. But but protein is really key. And then in terms of your carbohydrates, we need carbohydrates. That’s what your brain uses to feel itself. But we need complex and good carbohydrates, not simple Carbo Hyde hydrates. We need complex and so when you’re talking to your Famili’s, you know, have conversation or Google online what is a complex carbohydrate? If if you’re not aware of that, and you’ll be surprised that some of the things you really do like. It’s not just stuff that’s full of fiber right, it’s it’s fun foods. So you can think about that. In terms of your nutrition, and of course you already mentioned the vegetables in the fruits and having bright colored foods. Bright colored we want to make sure that you’re getting all of vitamins and minerals and the everything is so essential. Talk with your doctor and find out what they think, you know, for your particular body type. Everyone’s different. Well, I think it’s something that’s some things can be really simply fixed. Like, I know brown rice is a perfect example. Just if you go out for Chinese food, instead of getting White Rice or the fried rice, which probably isn’t as healthy for you, get some browns. Yeah, they and, and here’s the beauty of it. You can put, you know, mixed vegetables in the brown rice. Are you can, you can add it up and a lot of our Chinese restaurants now are actually utilizing brown rice in fried rice. Yep, and if you ask for it, sometimes they can do it for you. So certainly there’s ways in which we can do it. And I know like instead of doing a baked potato, white potato isn’t like a Ya numerous wheels tato. Yeah, that’s healthier for you, isn’t it? I mean, I’m trying to remember what those all are, but but you can certainly explore it. But don’t don’t think that you can’t have your piece of Pie and ice cream too, though, sure. I mean we want to have balance. We want you to be excited about your meals. I want you to be excited about fueling your body if you can think about food as fuel for your engine, right your machine, and think about is this going to make me sluggish now or is it going to give me some extra energy? Because we all know again, as we have birthdays at energy level just goes down only because our bodies having to work harder than it when you’re twenty, right. It’s just logical. So we are talking again to Daphne Davis from panic call senior placements, and Daphne, you are the Guru for information and I know that our listeners, all they have to do is pick up the phone and call you, and you work with families on next steps and the future and how to plan. Tell us a little bit about you know again, what do you do for our families here? Well, this week I’ve had lots of phone calls from families that are looking into the future, and those are the phone calls that making me so happy. Yes, that’s they’re being proactive. It’s like we’re not in crisis right now. Mom and dad are having a little bit of issue with some health issues, or I’m seeing them kind of get a little personality with each other, maybe a little cabin fever. Maybe somebody’s having to provide more care for the other person and they’re getting, I don’t want to use the word resentful, but they’re just noticing it more right. Those are the times to start thinking about what does this next chapter of life look for my parents? What does this next chapter of life look like for me? And, as as the person who’s having more birthdays, be involved and be in the place that you can make decisions before decisions are made for you, and so I help walk through that process of gathering information. What are my options? What does the Lingo of senior living and Housing and care mean? I don’t even know what those words really mean. I’m a safe place and all of my people that work with us on our team, we’re safe to ask any question. You know, what does it really mean assisted living? I mean everybody has a different definition of that. What does memory care mean? You know, don’t know. Now they don’t know. Or what does long term care insurance have to do with anything? And a lot of the lingo that people use an elder care that we just take for granted and I forget sometimes I will say something like Oh, it’s a CCRC. People will go huh, it’s so those are things obviously that you know. Thank you for being that point, because sometimes I don’t even realize I’m saying it. You know, it’s well just getting rolls off your your you know your tongue and you try really hard to, you know, to be that voice right. But it’s so important and I always say when I was taking care of my mom, boy, if I would have known then what I know now, I would have done so many things different. And you know, why didn’t I follow up in advance and why didn’t I ask the questions? It was I in denial about my mom and some of those things. I think you know. I ask our families right now to just take a look inside yourself if you have a senior loved one, and you know it’s so often that I hear people will say, Oh, my parents are just fine, quote unquote. Right, good, that’s the time to call it is. That’s why these holes and so enjoyous for me. And so we act as an information post. I meet with families, we have a conversation, we did help discover what highest values are. So that’s a part of what pinnacle senior placements does. But I want to finish our third leg. Our third leg is the medication piece before we run out here. Yet medication piece is so important to also, and it’s not that we want to push meds. In fact, I’m the exact opposite, right. Fewer the meds the better, but the consistency of taking them. Yes, mom and dad might be able to fill their medi set, but how many dropped to the floor that they don’t know about? Yeah, or how many times do we not use a medi set, an individual daily little box, and they think that they took something out of the pill bottle but they didn’t and then they take it again. Yes, or just opening those pill bottles for anybody with ourthritis can be really challenging. So there’s a lot of things, not just the actual prescription of medications, but how are they administered and is that a part of their life? And to be on top of that with your doctor making sure that one doctor didn’t give too much of something else and now they’re all a mess. Right. That’s the third leg of that’s the third leg. So everyone, Daphne is going to be back right after this and we’re going to talk about some more. Sounds good. The preceding podcast was provided by pinnacles senior placements, LLC and answers for elders. Radio. To contact pinnacles senior placements, go to Pinnacle Senior Placementscom
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