As we get older, our daily caloric needs decrease. Because an elderly woman does not need to eat as much as she did when she was 30, it’s more important than ever to make each calorie count. Elderly women have different nutritional needs as well, with an emphasis on protein and calcium to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, immune dysfunction, and frailty. Here are five of the best foods for elderly women to support overall health, presented by Douglas County Home Care Assistance.
Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fruit. A recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that older women who consume at least two servings of blueberries each week could delay memory decline by more than two years.
2. Green Tea
While not technically a food, green tea is an ideal choice to replace the empty calories of soda. Drinking green tea three times a week can lower an elderly woman’s risk of stomach, colorectal, and esophageal cancer by 17 percent.
Heart disease is not just a problem among men, it’s also the leading cause of death among women. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which lower the risk of heart disease as well as breast cancer.
Bones become thinner and more brittle with age, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Women are far more likely to get osteoporosis than men, and 50 percent of women over the age of 50 experience an osteoporosis-related bone fracture at some point. Calcium and vitamin D are two crucial minerals that reduce the risk of osteoporosis. While dairy products are high in calcium, spinach packs a punch with a huge dose of vitamin D and 30 mg of calcium per serving. Spinach also has oxalates, which bind with calcium to make it easier for the body to absorb.
Salmon is rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Eating salmon and other fish regularly can lower the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Salmon is also an excellent source of protein, which helps counteract the muscle loss that can accompany age.
Interested in learning more about senior health and wellness? Reach out to the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Home Care Assistance. As a leading provider of senior care, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care in Douglas County, helping seniors live happy, healthy lives is our top priority. Call us today at 720-580-5378 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager who can answer questions, discuss our care plans, or schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.