There’s nothing quite as heartwarming as Thanksgiving, as we gather together in appreciation with the ones we love to celebrate the simple gift of togetherness. And, as we shared in our previous blog post, the main focus of the festivities is the classic, lavish meal that we all eagerly look forward to well in advance of the holiday, which can bring on significant health issues for seniors with diabetes.
The New Hampshire home care team at Live Free Home Health Care has compiled the list below of guidelines to help those with diabetes celebrate the Thanksgiving season while staying safe and well:
- Count carbs. It may be tempting for seniors with diabetes to permit themselves a break “just for today” from keeping track of their carbs, but it’s necessary to stay on track and keep consumption of carbs within the physician’s guidelines at all times. Different types of apps are available to make it easier.
- Get active! During the holidays – and throughout the rest of the year as well – exercise is so important for individuals with diabetes. Not only does it lower the risk of diabetic complications, but it lifts our spirits, reduces our level of stress, and improves our overall wellbeing. Some suggestions to stay active include joining in a game with the kids, walking the dog, or taking laps around the mall while shopping. Spending time outside, when weather allows, is also helpful in boosting mood and absorbing much-needed vitamin D from the sunlight.
- Go on a trip. Those with diabetes may be reluctant to venture too far away from home, but there are some great tips to help diabetics travel safely. This checklist provides a way to ensure that all necessary diabetic care needs will be met while traveling. And of course it’s crucial to bring along plenty of healthy snacks, eat meals according to the normal schedule, and test blood glucose frequently.
If you’d like even more tips on helping those with diabetes or any other chronic condition to keep healthy and thriving at home – before, during, or after the holidays – contact Live Free Home Health Care’s New Hampshire home care professionals. Our in-home care services for seniors can range anywhere from several hours each week of companionship and assistance with chores around the home to full-time, day-and-night care, or anything in between. Call us at 603-217-0149 to schedule a free in-home assessment to discuss solutions to meet your senior loved one’s specific needs.