Seniors and Nutrition

The food we eat can greatly affect our health. It can lower or raise the risks of many diseases such as blood pressure, kidney disease, dementia, some cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes and more. Many people who have eaten healthy their entire life can easily continue to eat healthy. The nutrition of the food is as good for a senior citizen as it is for a senior in high school.

We have gathered some helpful information when dealing with nutrition and the elderly.

  • As you age your sense of taste decreases. It is common to add extra seasoning to the food, however stay away from salt. You can use garlic, ginger, paprika, cumin, and many other healthier spices.
  • Staying at an ideal weight is the key to healthy living. Seniors require fewer calories for energy needs so choosing nutrient rich food is important. Many seniors find themselves eating more junk food; even a senior that is overweight can still suffer from malnutrition.
  • It has been proven that eating fish at least once a week will help decrease the plaques and tangles that lead to Alzheimer’s disease. This information outweighs the concern of mercury intake.
  • Don’t research online for your health needs; nobody is better to ask than your doctor. He may give you a strict diet to follow or offer you supplements. There is a lot of information out there that is geared more towards selling you something than really helping your health. Let your medical professional guide you.
  • For those that are in the early stages of dementia they may overeat because they forgot that they had eaten already. You can help by giving them a mealtime schedule and providing healthy snacks throughout the day.

To get more information about Senior Nutrition you can visit www.eatright.org or www.health.gov and visit your doctor or registered dietitian to get help or have your questions answered.

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