Nutrition Tips for Seniors

Nutrition is important for your health, no matter your age. As we age, however, our bodies experience a number of changes, especially when it comes to our physical health. Our metabolisms slow down and our physical strength weakens. We know that your senior loved one’s quality of life is important to you, and eating a healthy, balanced diet is one way to help improve this. This National Nutrition Month, let us share with you some nutrition tips to help keep the seniors you love fit and healthy.

1. Plan ahead

We know it can sometimes be difficult to break old habits and eat healthier. There are many delicious food options readily available to us, and what is healthiest may not be what looks the most appetizing. Planning ahead, however, is one of the most effective ways to ensure the seniors in our life are getting proper nutrition with each meal. Consider teaching your senior loved one how to meal prep or simply write a list of the meals he or she would like for each day of the upcoming week. This way, your senior loved one is more likely to stick to that plan instead of resorting to quicker and unhealthy food options.

2. Eat a balanced diet

Seniors have different nutrition needs than children and adults. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, like salmon and walnuts, can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and improve brain health. Foods that are high in calcium, such as dairy products like milk and cheese, can help improve bone strength and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Further, foods high in fiber, including wholegrains, fruits, and vegetables can help your senior loved one’s digestive tract digest food properly and efficiently.

3. Don’t be afraid of physical activity

You may notice that your senior loved one takes longer to accomplish daily activities and generally move around than he or she once did. Introducing frequent but light exercise, however, is important to boosting the health and improving the quality of life of the senior you love. Encourage your senior loved one to start slowly and set small goals. Trying to accomplish too much too fast can result in your senior loved one “burning out” or even injuring him or herself. Remember, the senior you love does not have to run a marathon to get fit. Simple exercises like raising his or her arms and legs a few times per day can be effective.

These are just a few tips to help seniors make better food choices and establish an exercise regimen. Do you need more ideas? Have your own that you want to share with us? Do not wait to ask us your questions and learn more about nutrition for seniors.

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