Anemia in Elderly: Public Health Crisis in San Gabriel Valley

Cooking with Grandma.Older adults who suffer from chronic illness may also have anemia.  In the United States alone, over 3 million seniors over age 65 have anemia.  This means that they may have diminished functional impairment and increased mortality.  Nutritional deficiencies (especially in Vitamin B12), blood loss, inflammation, chronic renal failure and other chronic illnesses factor into anemia in seniors.  Vitamin B12 produces red blood cells which supplies you with energy and strength.  Without adequate nutrition, seniors feel weak and experience cognitive impairment.

If you are concerned that your elderly loved one may not get enough nutrients in his diet, a caregiver with great culinary skills can prepare delicious meals to motivate him to eat.  Foods rich in Vitamin B12 include meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products like milk and eggs.  Vegans and vegetarians can supplement their Vitamin B12 with synthetic vitamins.  Home health aides are instrumental in communicating with your loved one’s physician about your parent’s eating habits and other habits like smoking, which causes diseases linked with anemia.

Home care services are not just for the chronically ill; seniors who are fairly healthy can also enjoy the companionship of a caregiver who happens to be an expert on nutrition.  Recognizing signs of anemia now will improve quality of life for years down the road.  A-1 Home Care provides the best quality live-in home care services in all of San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County and Orange County.  Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our phone lines connect you to a live operator who will answer any and all your questions about companion care, 24 hour care, live-in and live-out care, and anemia care.

Call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or check out our website for more information on home care services.  We serve Altadena, Arcadia, City of Industry, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, and all other cities throughout San Gabriel Valley.

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