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Guide to Healthy Senior Nutrition

By Marius Butas, 8:00 am on

For senior adults, eating a nutritious diet can offer substantial benefits that include better mental alertness, more energy and the ability to better manage chronic health issues. Although striking the right balance between flavorful dishes and nutritious ingredients may seem challenging for seniors who prefer to eat what they want, the following guide will make it easy to prepare nutritious meals that are aligned with the latest recommendations for a healthy senior diet.

Superfoods for Seniors

As the specialists in live-in care in Mesa, we tell our clients that a well-balanced senior diet should include a combination of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and grains served with a minimal amount of fat. Several of the most recently recognized superfoods can serve double duty by offering many vital nutrients in one simple serving. For example, salmon offers protein along with a healthy serving of omega-3 fatty acids, and blueberries are rich in antioxidants that can help reduce age-related damage to the body. Sprinkling chia seeds on top of a salad or oatmeal can also add an additional boost of protein and fiber.

Things to Keep in Mind

As a person advances in age, it may be necessary to carefully monitor one’s caloric intake to stay on track with weight management. Due to changes in their metabolism, a senior’s physician may recommend reducing or increasing the amount of calories consumed daily. Seniors who struggle with a lack of appetite, nausea or problems chewing and swallowing may also need to explore alternate ways to prepare foods such as pureeing steamed vegetables so that they get the nutrition they need.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Once a healthy diet has been developed, seniors can avoid falling off track by following these tips for maintaining a healthy diet.

  • Remember that drinking water is important for hydration and helps with digestion.
  • Use fruits, herbs and vegetables to season food instead of sugar and salt.
  • Eat several smaller meals if one struggles with a lack of appetite.
  • Consider meal preparation services for seniors who are recovering from an illness or surgery. For more information about post-hospital care in Mesa, click here.
  • Enjoying meals with a companion is an excellent motivator for healthy eating.

While the above serves as a general guide to senior healthy eating, you can contact Home Care Assistance to create healthy diet plan catered to your individual needs. Our caregivers are trained in nutritious meal preparation and can also help with other household chores so you can focus on the things that you love to do! Visit www.homecareassistancemesa.com or call us at (480) 699-4899 to speak with a devoted Care Manager directly.

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