Tips for Supporting Weight Loss in a Senior with Diabetes

There are many ways that you can help your parent to reduce the risk that they will develop diabetes or to manage their condition effectively, but one of the first that many people are recommended to do is help the senior lose weight. Being overweight is one of the leading risk factors for diabetes, and losing even a small amount of weight can help to lower the risk of developing the condition, reduce symptoms, and protect your parent from complications and consequences.

Use these tips to help support weight loss efforts in a senior with diabetes:

Home Health Care Henrietta NY - Tips for Supporting Weight Loss in a Senior with Diabetes

Home Health Care Henrietta NY – Tips for Supporting Weight Loss in a Senior with Diabetes

Talk to their doctor about their efforts and get recommendations for healthy ways to pursue this weight loss. This can make your parent feel like they are in a team effort and that they are receiving the support and assistance that they need to get the most benefit.

Start by making small changes so that your parent can feel a sense of accomplishment that will motivate them to keep going.

Research healthy meals together. Often it is the dietary changes that are the most difficult to make when trying to lose weight and finding recipes that are some of their favorite foods and flavors, but that are healthier can make a major difference in their motivation.

Find physical activities to do together and enjoy them as a regular part of your care routine. This can be as simple as taking walks together, but could also be yoga, swimming, or a wide variety of other activities.

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is challenging and can lead to a tremendous amount of stress. Fortunately, home health care can help. An in-home health care provider can be there for your aging parent when you are not able to, or if your schedule, limitations, or challenges make it so that you are not able to fulfill all of their care tasks so that they always have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need.

This relieves your stress and ensures that you are able to give your parent the care that they need while also focusing energy and attention on the other elements of your life, including your children, your partner, your career, your friends, and yourself. The customized schedule and personalized services of this care provider ensure that your loved one gets the care that is truly right for them and for the lifestyle that they desire and deserve as they age in place.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care Services in Henrietta NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)