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Diabetes-Friendly Halloween Treats for the Elderly

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Diabetes-Friendly Halloween Treats for the Elderly

You are never too old for trick-or-treating, but finding the right Halloween treats that are safe for seniors with diabetes can be very tricky. Following are a handful of creative ideas in-home Orlando caregivers can give to seniors instead of conventional Halloween candies this October 31.

Take It Easy

People with diabetes can still enjoy their favorite candies in moderation. Simply encourage your loved one to eat only one or two pieces instead of the whole bag. Miniature and fun-sized candy bars are just the right portion size for those with mild diabetes. Remember to keep track of how many tiny candy bars your loved one consumes throughout the day. Although they are small, they can add up to a lot of sugar if he or she has several.

Make Treats at Home

Many homemade treats are diabetic-friendly. Seniors will enjoy making old-fashioned popcorn balls and caramel apples with their live-in Prestige home caregivers. Use sugar-free caramels and slice the apples so they are easier to chew. You can also make Halloween-themed coated pretzels by dipping small pretzels in melted sugar-free almond bark. Top with drizzled chocolate and orange sprinkles and let them cool on waxed paper.

Go Sugar-Free

There are many sugar-free candies available at the store, from old-fashioned favorites to sugar-free versions of today’s popular candies. Grocery store bakeries often have sugar-free versions of Halloween cookies and cakes, too. Remind your loved one to exercise caution when consuming sugar-free treats because some artificial sweeteners can cause stomach upset or other side effects when used in excess.

Offer Non-Edible Treats

A cuddly stuffed black cat, a jack-o-lantern puzzle, a spooky novel or a scary movie are great non-food gifts for diabetic seniors on Halloween. Many seniors also enjoy lotions and soaps in scents like pumpkin pie, caramel apple, candy corn and chocolate marshmallow. These treats won’t spike blood sugar and they last much longer than sweets.

With help from Prestige Home Care, seniors receive reliable in-home care Orlando families can trust to help them boost physical and emotional wellbeing. Our highly trained caregivers help with everything from preparing nutritious meals to reminding seniors to make their medication. Call [phc_phone] today to learn more about our services and set up a free consultation.

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Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career.Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly’s primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being.The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly’s resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.