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 Orlando 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.
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 Home Care Assistance, 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 (407) 232-7155 today to learn more about our services and set up a free consultation.