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Eating Well Is Important - Especially for Seniors

Posted: 9/15/2014 3:28 PM by Interim HealthCare
Our bodies really are made up of what we put into them. It doesn’t matter our age, eating well makes a huge difference in our health, how we look and feel and our overall well-being. For senior adults, eating well is especially vital. They generally don’t require as many calories. so when eating a smaller volume of food, they must be sure all the food they eat is nutrient dense.

Eating well supports good health

There are numerous health benefits that come from eating a balanced diet which includes a variety of essential nutrients. The benefits include reducing risk of diseases such as bone loss, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Bones, muscles, cells and organs all need water, carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Healthy food contains a good supply of these components that feed our bodies and keep them healthy and strong. The old saying “you are what you eat” is more true than anyone ever believed until modern science backed it up.

Specific requirements for adults over 50

Bodies change as they age, and it’s not surprising that nutritional requirements also change. Your elderly loved one’s doctor may have prescribed certain dosages of calcium or other supplements.
According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults should supplement with Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and folate. Most of these essential vitamins can be taken through eating the correct foods. But for those adults who have a difficult time eating all the correct amounts and varieties of food, supplements would be needed.

Healthy eating promotes higher energy levels

Having enough energy to get through the day is highly dependent on the food that was eaten. Your senior loved one needs good fuel throughout the day. It can be a little difficult with Alzheimer’s disease sometimes. Your loved one may not feel or recognize hunger, or may have difficulty chewing and swallowing. Speak with your doctor or health professional if you have any concerns.

Change one thing at a time

Change can be hard for anyone especially an aging loved one. If you are needing to make any dietary changes, tackle them one at a time. There may be a few foods your loved one really enjoys. Maybe you can find ways to make them a bit healthier. For example, if she really loves pasta, cook a variety of small chopped vegetables until very soft and then add them to the pasta sauce. If you are doubtful your senior will eat them, puree them first.

Home care can be very helpful if you are struggling with taking care of your loved one yourself. Hire a professional caregiver a few days a week or even full time to give you the break you need.

If you have an aging loved one and are considering home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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