A healthy diet is essential at any age, but is extremely important for seniors and older adults. As we age, the body becomes less efficient, and it’s tough to get the nutrition we need. At Douglas County Home Care Assistance, we believe nutrition is a key component to successful and healthy aging and wanted to share five indispensible foods that can help seniors obtain the vitamins and minerals needed for longevity and overall wellness.
- Eggs – These little powerhouses pack some serious B12, which is one of the body’s most important vitamins. B12 keeps red blood cells healthy, however absorbing the vitamin gets more difficult with age. By incorporating eggs into a daily diet, seniors can boost B12 levels, while also obtaining a handful of other essential vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin D and protein. In fact, nutritionists often call eggs the “perfect food.”
- Milk – Aging bodies need calcium, and a glass of low-fat milk is a healthy way to boost calcium as a senior starts the day or ends the evening. Nutritionists suggest seniors strive to get around three servings of milk a day (about three cups) to minimize risk for bone loss and osteoporosis.
- Salmon – Salmon is a terrific source of Vitamin D, and recent studies have shown that vitamin D may also protect against certain chronic diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s. By eating salmon, seniors can also get valuable omega-3 fatty acids, which act as an anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce the risk for heart disease, high cholesterol and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Oatmeal – A delicious source of fiber, oatmeal is low in fat and is one of the highest sources of protein of any grain. It can help to promote digestion, and is a filling meal that can help keep seniors fuller, for longer. Oatmeal is also an inexpensive choice for those on a budget who need to maximize the nutritional value of each meal.
- Bananas – The list of health benefits associated with bananas is endless, and they’re also delicious! Bananas encourage the production of white blood cells because of their high levels of vitamin B-6. They’re also a terrific source of potassium which helps reduce muscle cramps, as well as lower blood pressure which helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Healthy and nutritious diets are an important component of our Balanced Care Method™, a unique approach to care that ensures total health for our senior clients. If you or an aging parent or loved one is struggling to eat healthy with age, consider getting help from a Home Care Assistance caregiver. Expertly trained and compassionate, our caregivers can help with grocery shopping, nutritious meal preparation, dishwashing and other daily tasks such as person care assistance, medication reminders and more.
To learn more about hourly and live-in home care in Douglas County, reach out to a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager today at 720-441-3522 and schedule an complimentary, in-home consultation.