Shop For Groceries and Delivery to Home in Peapod App

For senior caregivers who live in urban areas and don't own a car or for senior clients who are isolated and have difficulty getting to the grocery store, keeping the fridge stocked can be difficult. Instead of facing cold the temperatures and snow that accompany winter in many parts of the nation to get to the store, senior caregivers can use the Peapod app to shop for groceries for themselves or for senior clients and schedule a time for delivery right to their home. 

Users can search for food items within the app in several different ways. If you'd like more of a product you already have at home, you can scan the barcode into the app and it will try to find it for you in their store. Users can also create lists of all the items they'll need or look at previous orders and click "Buy" directly on the product list page. There's also an area for Specials and New Arrivals that users can browse and pick from. For a more traditional grocery store experience, users can decide to "Browse the Aisles" to see foods in categories like produce, deli, bakery, frozen, etc. laid out exactly the way they are when you walk through a grocery store. 

Items that are on sale throughout the app are marked with a little red price tag icon. Once users click on a item to view the details closer, a full nutrition label also appears to help shoppers make nutritionally conscious decisions. After shoppers have added all of the items they want for this grocery trip into their cart, they can checkout and schedule a time for delivery. Orders must be received a minimum of 12 hours in advance of the desired delivery time, although during the winter and on weekends caregivers may need to schedule further in advance if they live in a popular area because time slots will sell out. 

The Peapod app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko


Foods that Could Lower (or Raise) Your Risk of Dementia

I’m at that age where misplaced keys or a forgotten word gives me pause. I write so much about Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory loss diseases, I know the havoc they wreak, not only on the patient, but on their entire family. That’s why I take a proactive approach in decreasing my odds of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Keeping activeboth mentally and physicallycan go a long way in keeping those diseases at bay. Research now shows there are certain foods that can also help or hurt brain health.

The Good
AARP suggests the following foods may lower your risk of dementia. Remember, whole foods are better than supplements for nutritive value, but supplements are better than nothing, so I’ve listed the foods and their corresponding vitamins/minerals. Time to stock up your fridge and pantry with these goodies:

  • Beans and green peas (vitamin B-1 and folic acid)
  • Citrus fruits and berries (vitamin C)
  • Almonds (vitamin E)
  • Fatty cold-water fish like salmon, cod, mackerel, and herring (omega-3 oil)
  • Spinach (flavonoids, vitamins A and K, folic acid and iron)
  • Coffee and chocolate (caffeine)

The Bad
From the Alzheimer’s Association, here are some foods that contain toxins. The resulting inflammation can lead to a build-up of plaques in the brain resulting in impaired cognitive function. They should be avoided as we age.

  • Processed cheeses such as American cheese, mozzarella sticks, Cheez Whiz and spray cheese (causes protein and plaque build-up)
  • Processed meats like bacon, smoked meats, hot dogs (nitrosamines)
  • White foods like white bread, white rice, pasta, white sugar (causes insulin spikes)
  • Microwave popcorn (diacetyl)
  • Beer (nitrates)

If you are a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, have you seen a change in the disease severity when you’ve altered their diet? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments section.

Also, be sure to watch the Golden Globe Awards, for which Julianne Moore is nominated as Best Actress in a Drama for her star turn in “Still Alice”, the story of a woman, a brilliant professor, wife, and mother, who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Create and Track Health and Weight Loss Using App

January marks the time of year when people flock to the gym to fulfill New Year's resolutions to get and stay healthy. For caregivers who live hectic and stressful lives, being healthy doesn't have to mean a drastic life change. Using the Lose It! app, caregivers or their senior clients can set weight loss goals, keep a diary of all the foods they consume and track their weight over time. 

The Lose It! app asks establishing questions such as current weight, target weight, height, etc. the first time a user creates an account to determine the number of calories they should consume each day. Users can then track the food they eat as easily as scanning the label using the camera on their phone or searching by name. The user profile portion of the app also allows users to decide which nutrients in particular they would like to track, with options such as saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, sodium, etc. By looking at specific nutrients consumed over a few weeks, caregivers can notice trends and correct in their diet such as regularly eating foods high in sodium and sugar. The app also allows users to log exercises and factors the calories burned into their daily diary.

The app features plenty of visual guidance on the "My Day" main page, such as a circle graph showing how many calories are left for that day and a bar graph of how many calories were consumed each day of the week. When users are under their calorie goal, the images appear in green and when users are over their calorie goal, the images appear in red. Users also receive badges for specific accomplishments, such as accepting a challenge determined by the app like logging meals for ten days in a row or eating a certain amount of vegetables.

The Lose It! App is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Maintain a Healthy Weight and Water Intake Using Partner Apps

Maintaining weight or shedding pounds to get to your optimal healthy weight often proves to be easier said than done. For senior caregivers and their clients, nutrition plays a large part in living a healthy lifestyle. Weight alone doesn't determine health, but being overweight can be an indicator of needing to improve your overall nutrition. Likewise, maintaining a healthy weight once you've reached it is equally important. The MyPlate app and its sister MyWater app help caregivers track their calorie and water intake on a daily basis. 

The MyPlate app serves as the main app. Once a user establishes their profile with their personal data and health goals, he/she can begin to track their calories. The app sets a calorie goal based on the information provided and across the top of the home screen users see their number of calories consumed and burned for that particular day. To log food products, users can simply scan a label ir type the name into the search field. The food intake categories break down for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

The water button takes users to the accompanying MyWater app, where users select a goal for how many glasses of water they would like to drink each day, then log how much they drink. The app lets users choose how many ounces their glass is so they can accurately count glasses. Drinking water provides necessary hydration for the body to maintain health and seniors in particular should ensure they drink the suggested amount of water every day for healthy aging. 

The apps work seamlessly together and the MyPlate app lays out healthy eating in a clean visual on the home screen. Caregivers should be able to easily track their calories and goals using this tool.

The MyPlate and MyWater apps are available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Caregiverlist Recipe of the Week

A chilly fall afternoon calls for a nice warm cup of soup. Some store bought canned soup can be surprisingly high in both sodium and fat content, but homemade soup allows senior caregivers the ability to control all of the ingredients. Our Chicken Tortilla Soup comes together in a medley of several types of vegetables, low sodium chicken broth and black beans for a delicious but surprisingly nutritious dinner. 

1 fresh tomato
1 fresh green pepper
1 fresh red pepper
1 small white onion
1 tablespoons olive oil
10 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 limes
1 single use packet taco seasoning
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 avocado
Low fat shredded Mexican cheese mix
Low fat sour cream
Tortilla chips or strips, optional

Chop the tomato, red pepper, green pepper and onion into small pieces. Spread one tablespoon of olive oil over the bottom of your pot and add the vegetable medley. Sauté until the vegetables are cooked. Add chicken broth and taco seasoning mix to the pot and stir. Bring the broth to a boil then drop uncooked chicken breasts into the pot, cover and simmer. Allow the chicken breasts half an hour to cook then pull them carefully out of the soup. Place the cooked chicken breasts on a plate and shred using two forks pulling in opposite directions. Add shredded chicken breast back to the pot then squeeze the lime juice into the soup. Stir then serve. Garnish with low fat sour cream, low fat Mexican cheese mix and chopped avocado to taste. Eat with tortilla chips or add tortilla strips to the soup if desired.  

Caregivers and their senior clients can customize the recipe based on their personal tastes. Almost any favorite taco topping can be incorporated. Add brown rice if you'd like more fiber full carbohydrates, substitute kidney beans instead of black beans or add garlic and jalapenos for a stronger flavor. The result is a dish with a much lower sodium count than canned soup with fresher ingredients and low fat dairy products keeping the overall unsaturated fat content low. 

Heart Healthy Tacos: Caregiverlist Recipe of the Week

Tacos make a fairly easy go-to dinner for any group because they're totally customizable. Try our version of the classic taco with some substitutions for heart health. Share them with a senior client, a friend or just enjoy them yourself.  

Using lean ground turkey instead of ground beef, greek yogurt instead of sour cream and low fat cheese significantly decreases the amount of saturated fat in the dish. Adding avocado brings in some monounsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol. Avocados also have a high nutrient count and contain fiber to keep you feeling full for longer. 

For caregivers or senior clients who may be allergic to gluten, corn tortillas make a great substitute to still be able to enjoy this dish. Likewise, for those who are simply trying to eat healthier, using a whole wheat tortilla will get more fiber which can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol for heart health. 

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning
1 head romaine lettuce
1 tomato
1 avocado
1 8oz container plain greek yogurt
1 package low fat shredded mexican cheese mix
1 package tortillas of choice (flour, wheat, corn)

Brown ground turkey in pan until completely cooked. Drain excess fat then return to pan and season with taco seasoning packet. Chop the lettuce, tomato and avocado as desired. Assemble ingredients on tortilla and enjoy. 

Other ingredients to try in your tacos include green or red bell peppers, brown rice or black beans for extra protein. If you'd like to serve with a side, try a small salad with low fat dressing or a side of beans and brown rice. 

Where is Masterchef for Seniors?

I love MasterChef. And Iron Chef. And just about any show that features competitive cooking.

If you didn’t see Monday’s MasterChef finale, I’ll stay clear of spoilers, but one of the final contestants, Leslie Gilliams, was complimented by Gordon Ramsay for disproving the adage “cooking is a young man’s game.” Mr. Gilliams is 56.

Seniors are an anomaly on MasterChef. The oldest contestant, Sue Drummond, was 61 when she competed on MasterChef New Zealand. Kumar Pereira was MasterChef Australia’s oldest ever Top 24 contestant at 62.

While a small number of contestants were a bit older, the food they presented was not necessarily food that should be served to older adults.

As we age, it’s harder for our bodies to fight off the germs and bacteria found in raw or undercooked food. Salmonella, E. coli, and other bacteria can grow to high levels in some of the “healthiest” and tastiest dishes. Some of the MasterChef dishes that are not necessarily elderly-approved included:

  • Ceviche: a seafood dish especially popular in South and Central America. The raw fish is “cooked” by curing it in citrus juices such as lemon or lime.
  • Raw or undercooked eggs: these are found in Hollandaise sauce, homemade Caesar salad dressing, and tiramisu.
  • Raw meat: like carpaccio (thin shavings of raw beef fillet) and steak tartare.
  • Raw fish: shellfish, such as oysters, mussels and clams, and raw fin fish, like sushi and sashimi.
  • Soft cheeses: cheeses like feta, Brie, or Camembert (my favorite!) can be breeding grounds for bacteria.

Senior caregivers need to be especially careful when preparing meals for the elderly. Yes, the food needs to be palatable, look appealing, and be nutritious, but meals should be safe, first and foremost.

If you are a caregiver who subscribes to Caregiverlist’s newsletter, The Caregiver’s Gist,  you know we provide a delicious, nutritious recipe—safe for seniors.

We’d also love to hear from you caregivers. Do you have a special recipe that your senior client or loved one especially enjoys? Send it to me at I promise to try them all and report back on my favorites. Who knows? Maybe your recipe will make it into an online Caregiverlist safe-for-seniors cookbook.

And I’d like to challenge the MasterChef franchise. Your MasterChef Junior, the kids version of MasterChef, was incredibly popular. So popular in fact, that MasterChef Junior returns for Season 2 on Friday, Nov. 7.  Come on, Chef Ramsay, how about a MasterChef Senior?

Teriyaki Bowl Makes for Surprisingly Quick Dinner

Senior caregivers spend long hours at work and once they come home, the idea of cooking dinner from scratch can seem like a daunting and time consuming task. Many home cooks don't realize how easy making their own sauces from scratch can be nor how little time it takes. shares with us their homemade teriyaki sauce recipe, which they say can be made in less time than it takes to pick up an order from your local Chinese restaurant. 

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The basic ingredients for the teriyaki sauce include garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, Mirin and vinegar. Health benefits of creating your own sauce include being able to control the specific ingredients that make up the final product. If you or a senior client have a dietary restriction limiting your daily sodium intake, then that need can be accommodated with a homemade sauce recipe by using low sodium ingredients or a salt substitute. In this particular recipe, take note of the amount of sodium in the soy sauce you plan to use before purchasing. 

Once the safe is made, combine your favorite Asian noodle with vegetables of your choice. Try broccoli, snap peas, eggplant or cabbage and add some cooked shrimp or chicken in for additional protein. Top with your teriyaki sauce and serve. The recipe overall shouldn't take more than twenty minutes for a healthy customizable dinner.


Salmon Cooking Secrets for Easy Dinner

Fish makes for a popular dinner option with plenty of nutrition benefits, but knowing how to cook it well can be challenging. Salmon in particular is full of omega-3 fatty acids which help lower triglyceride levels. Lowering the level of triglycerides in the bloodstream helps prevent heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids also have been linked to prevention of depression and dementia, something that seniors may struggle with as they age. 

According to, one of the biggest frustrations in cooking salmon comes in the "white goo," a type of protein, that leaks out of the fish in the baking process. While fine to eat, it can muck up the appearance of a dish and make it unappetizing. Blogger Sally Mathew shares her trials with different baking times and methods to reduce the "white goo" and not overcook your fish. 

Once cooked, caregivers can pair the Baked Salmon with a favorite steamed vegetable and a whole grain couscous or pasta for a complete meal. Myfamilydish also suggests their own pesto butter as a topping for the salmon once finished cooking, but any favorite sauce can be used as a dressing. Try dijon, lemon sauce, or dill sauce as alternate toppings.  

The results of this recipe will hopefully be quite tasty and nutritionally beneficial for healthy aging for both caregivers and their senior clients. Senior care companies are looking for passionate caregivers to apply for caregiving jobs. Develop further skills as a caregiver through Caregiverlist's online training course


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German Nursing Homes to Try 3D Printed Food for Seniors

Senior caregivers can find it quite challenging to keep the elderly well-nourished, especially if the senior has problems with chewing and swallowing. A steady diet of baby food-like mush can make seniors dread their next meal. Dealing with the challenges of feeding those seniors can lead to caregiver stress.

So, the European Union is funding a consortium of five European countries along with 14 companies called PERFORMANCE (which stands for PERsonalised FOod using Rapid MAnufacturing for the Nutrition of elderly ConsumErs), to help develop 3D-printed “smoothfood” to create a more appetizing-looking meal.

German company Biozoon created Smoothfood, in which deconstructed foods that are safe to ingest without chewing are reconstructed to look like conventional meals by using plant-based solidifying agents and poured into food-shaped silicon molds. While the food retains its shape on the plate, it completely dissolves in the mouth, making it safe for those with chewing and swallowing impairments.

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing food, affects as many as 15 million Americans and according to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), over 60,000 Americans die from complications associated with swallowing dysfunctions each year. Many times, victims of stroke find themselves unable to chew and swallow regular food.Currently, those seniors have no choice but to eat a variety of pureed foods, much like baby food. Needless to say, a constant diet of unappealing and uninteresting food has been shown to cause a loss of appetite and lead to malnutrition.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are already overtaxed and overburdened with senior care, so the objective of the PERFORMANCE project is to utilize new processing approaches and tailor-made technologies for the use by small and medium sized (SME) food producers to produce personalised food for the frail elderly European consumer, thereby improving the quality of life.

Over 1,000 retirement homes in Germany have already implemented the smoothfood concept according to Wired UK. The PERFORMANCE project is hoping to take that idea and, by applying automated 3D printing technology, make it easier and more affordable to use on a broader scale by nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

But how does that food taste? Sandra Forstner, the project manager at Biozoon spoke to food blog Munchies about the taste of 3-D printed food. “The food tastes like normal food. It is made from fresh ingredients, so the taste doesn’t change. One of our goals is not to change the flavor; the texturizing system doesn’t change it.”

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