Diet and Exercise Are Still the Keys to Good Health!

Posted: 2/24/2015 3:39 PM by Interim HealthCare
Home Care Services by Interim HealthCare: It is Important for Seniors to Get the Nutrients They Need! Home Care Services Can Help!

One of the first steps toward maintaining good health is to eat a diverse diet and exercise regularly. This is important for people of any age, but especially for seniors. They should have three proper meals every day. Snacks may also provide the needed nutrients, especially for the elderly loved one who can’t eat a lot of food at one time.

“Eating well is important for all ages, but especially for older individuals who need to maintain their strength and energy, while often managing chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Because calorie needs decrease with age, but nutrient needs remain the same or even increase, it’s essential that seniors pack as much nutrition into each meal as possible. Planning quick and nutritious meals that are high in protein, vitamins and minerals can make healthy eating easy.”

Three most important meals are:
  •   Breakfast. Seniors should eat simple foods for breakfast that are easy and quick to make. It is vital not to skip breakfast, as this will provide the energy needed to start a day. Seniors should eat foods that contain protein such as eggs or cheese, and some high-fiber foods like whole grain. Dairy products are also recommended for their calcium, which is good for bone health. Fruits are a must for seniors, as they contain a lot of vitamins and fiber, suitable for their daily needs.
  •  Lunch. It is recommended to use as many vegetables as possible. They are rich in fiber, and this will keep your senior parent feeling full for longer periods of time. Because of this, people who are dealing with weight problems should eat a lot of vegetables. Meat products can contain a lot of fats so use them sparingly on fat-restricted diets. As a substitute, seniors could eat fish, which is lighter and healthier than red meat and has a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
  •  Dinner. It is not a bad idea to make different soups for dinner. Often, elderly people can’t digest a big heavy meal right before bed. Soup is nice and light but still very healthful. Leftovers can be combined in a tasty broth for a delicious soup. Good meals for the elderly also include tuna or chef’s salad.

It can save you or your senior loved one a lot of time in the kitchen by having a good supply of food stocked up. Pre-made meals can be frozen in one-serving-size packages in the freezer for quick and easy heating up. Canned foods are also a good source of nutrients.

For help with making nutritious meals, light housekeeping or personal care tasks, consider hiring a home care provider.

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