In the latest episode of the LowCarbUSA® podcast, host Doug Reynolds engages in a fascinating conversation with Hal Cranmer, the visionary behind A Paradise for Parents Senior Living, based in Arizona. Hal’s career journey, which began in the Air Force and traversed through the realms of corporate operations and real estate, took a life-changing turn when he stepped into the world of assisted living. Inspired by his personal experiences of caring for his aging relatives, including an uncle who battled Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Hal transformed his real estate acumen into a mission to revolutionize elder care.
He discuses with Doug his commitment to providing exceptional care, regardless of the complexity of residents’ needs. From basic assistance to advanced memory care, his facility pledges the same level of compassionate care that his uncle received, treating each resident as a valued member of their extended family. He goes on to describe his unique approach to enhancing metabolic health and fitness in the older population. He shares enlightening perspectives on therapeutic carbohydrate reduction, a method he passionately advocates for in improving the quality of life for the elderly.
Hal’s approach to senior care goes beyond traditional methods, focusing on a model that integrates diet and exercise as key components of health. His observations about the detrimental effects of sedentary lifestyles and poor diets among the elderly have led to revolutionary changes in his facilities. By reducing sugary desserts and unhealthy foods, and incorporating regular physical activities, he has seen a significant improvement in the overall health of his residents. This includes a remarkable reduction in the need for medications.
His own personal journey with dietary changes adds an authentic layer to his advocacy. Adopting a predominantly animal-based, low-carb diet himself, he experienced firsthand the benefits of this lifestyle change, which he describes as rejuvenating. This personal transformation not only strengthens his belief in the diet’s efficacy but also provides a relatable example for others to follow. Perhaps most striking are the improvements he has observed in residents with chronic conditions, particularly diabetes and dementia. By managing blood sugar levels through diet, he has witnessed a decrease in insulin dependency among diabetic residents. Moreover, his concerns about the rising rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia underscore his commitment to preventative health measures. He emphasizes the potential of dietary intervention in slowing down, or even preventing, the onset of these conditions.
“It’s not just about adding years to life, but adding life to years,” says Hal, whose dedication to combating chronic illnesses in the elderly through diet is particularly evident when he discusses the potential of therapeutic diets to manage conditions like type 2 diabetes. He notes the significance of early intervention, stating, “Alzheimer’s begins developing long before symptoms appear, often starting in the 30s and 40s.” His proactive approach is exemplified in his success story of a resident whose dementia improved dramatically after six months on a ketogenic diet, underscoring the importance of nutrition in managing cognitive decline.
Physical activity is another cornerstone of Hal’s philosophy. He challenges the conventional wisdom of restricting movement to prevent falls among the elderly. Instead, he advocates for strengthening exercises and outdoor activities, understanding that physical and mental health are deeply interconnected. “I tell people, the way I want people to not fall is we make them strong enough that they don’t fall,” Cranmer explains, highlighting the empowering aspect of his approach. This combination of diet and exercise has led to significant improvements in the residents’ motivation and overall health.
Implementing these lifestyle changes has not been without challenges, particularly resistance from some families and the medical community. Hal points out the irony in how unhealthy foods are readily accepted, while healthier options like the ketogenic diet are often viewed as unconventional. Despite these hurdles, he remains committed to his vision of improving elderly care through a holistic approach. The most compelling evidence of his success comes from the stories of residents who have dramatically improved under his care. He shares heartwarming anecdotes, such as the 98-year-old resident who, after regaining health and vitality, was able to enjoy a cruise with his family. These stories are not just about medical improvements but also about restoring dignity and joy to the lives of seniors.
“In the eight years I’ve been doing this, I’ve sent seven people home that got well enough that they could live at home,” Hal proudly shares.
Connect with Hal Cranmer:
Twitter: A Paradise for Parents
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