Healthy Diet Tips for Aging Gracefully This National Elder Law Month

Did you know that an unfortunate result of the aging process is that Older Americans become, as a population, not only less mobile but less healthy overall? According to a recent report, over one million people older than age 65 are “dangerously unsupported” and at risk for loneliness, isolation, poor health, and poverty. While there is never a “wrong” time to address these potential elder care challenges, it is especially important for us to discuss them this National Elder Law Month.

These challenges emphasize why it is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle to age well and live the fullest and most productive life possible. Older Americans can appear to face a double-edged sword as many of them also have still not completed their own elder law planning or estate planning. How do we plan forward? How do we ensure you and the Older Americans you care about have the support you and they need.

Start this National Elder Law Month by learning more about elder law and taking a look at a few tips to ensure you get proper nutrition.

1. Learn Your Options for a Well-Balanced Diet. Healthy foods offer numerous nutrients.  Experts suggest Older Americans eat a balanced low-fat, low sodium, and low sugar diet with fiber-rich foods. Always remember to consult your doctor or dietitian before starting supplements or a new diet plan.

2. Understand how fruits, vegetables, and juices can benefit you! These foods contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that aids healing and prevents diseases; bananas, prunes, and potatoes contain lots of potassium, which strengthen bones and reduces blood pressure, and the chances of kidney stones.  Dark veggies, such as broccoli and kale and other leafy greens, tend to have more nutrients.

3. Read more about the benefits of fish. Salmon and tuna are among the types of fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids. They can help add to a healthy diet. Further, did you know fish oil may reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease?

4. The balance of milk, yogurt, whole grains, nuts, and cereals. Milk and fortified cereals can be great sources of vitamin D and calcium. Did you know calcium helps maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis?  Vitamin D may help with the absorption of this important nutrient and can be good for your skin. Magnesium in these foods, together with fruits and vegetables, may also be able to keep your heart and immune system healthy and your bones strong.

We know just how hard it can be to get enough nutrients as we age, but a better diet can help you get more of the nutrients you need to stay healthy and strong.  We know this article may raise more questions than it answers. Do not wait to contact your doctor to get the medical answers you need and reach out to us to ensure you have can answer your questions on the elder care planning you need in California.

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