When it comes to Home Care, worries — especially health related worries, really do go down better with soup.
My grandfather lived a long life and enjoyed good health. During my childhood, I spent a lot of time around him. I often observed my beloved grandfather and wondered why he so often had a hot bowl of soup for lunch or dinner. He seemed to have a soup as the main dish almost every other day — especially during late fall, winter, and early spring.
Was soup a poor man’s food — I wondered? We were poor, but not dirt poor. Thanks to his hard work and a bountiful garden which he loved and cultivated daily, we were never hungry. My grandfather, as he grew older, in addition to hot soups often insisted on wearing warm, thermal underwear — even during summer months.
Interestingly enough, I now observe the same trends in my aging parents. Couple years ago, my father put away his short sleeve t-shirts and now insists on wearing only long-sleeve shirts and long underwear bottoms. He, too, always enjoyed hot tea and soups, but now, in his mid-seventies, he cannot live without them.
For some 20 years I lived in Connecticut, and I began to observe many Elderly flee the cold Northeast and move to Florida, Arizona — or at the very least the Carolinas.
As it turns out there is a simple explanation for the herein-above described “trends”. According to a New York Times’ article entitled “The Claim: Body Temperature Declines With Age”, as we grow older, the temperature of our bodies does decline .
Help your aging loved ones stay warm during the last couple of weeks of winter and early spring with a hot bowl of soup.
Encourage Mom and Dad — or their Caregiver — to prepare a simple vegetable soup this week.
In addition to keeping them warm, soup — by default — will help with proper hydration. High-fiber diet will also help your parents stay “regular”. Many Seniors, in order to stay “regular”, use synthetic fiber contained in many over-the-counter products which have terrible side-effects .
A bowl of fiber-rich vegetable soup is a much better and healthier choice.
The old proverb says: Worries go down better with soup.
Stay warm, stay healthy!
With love for the Elderly…
1. O’Connor, Anahad. “The Claim: Body Temperature Declines With Age. “ The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 28 Dec. 2009. Web. 2 Mar. 2016
2. “Metamucil Side Effects”. Drugs.com. Web. 2 Mar. 2016
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