The Key Components of a Healthy Diet for Older Adults

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Key Components of a Healthy Senior Diet

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As individuals age, the appetite tends to naturally decrease which means that making healthy food choices is even more important. Choosing the right nutrients can help elevate the mood, contribute to mental acuity and fight infections.
At Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills, we emphasize the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for all of our senior clients through our revolutionary Balanced Care Method™, and believe that the most beneficial senior diets include the following components.

Fiber
Extra fiber is generally needed by seniors because as the body ages, the digestive system tends to slow down, and constipation becomes a common problem. Fiber supplements are available on the market, but many health professionals believe that fiber is better consumed in its natural form. Some good providers of fiber include:

  • Whole grains
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Nuts

Calcium and Vitamin D
These two nutrients work together to help bones regenerate themselves. Though vitamin D is only found naturally in a few foods such as oily fish, many items on the market are fortified with both calcium and vitamin D. Dairy products and cereal in particular are great sources of calcium and Vitamin D.

High Antioxidant Foods
Research has shown that foods that contain high levels of antioxidants can help stave off memory loss in seniors. The chemicals work by fighting free radicals at the cellular level that cause cell damage and subsequent aging. For seniors to reap the most anti-oxidants through food, the following should be added to the daily diet:

  • Dark-skinned fruit and berries
  • Green tea
  • Kidney and pinto beans
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables

Protein
Consuming an adequate amount of high-quality protein is important in order to maintain healthy body functions, keep stress levels low and prevent muscle wasting. It is important to avoid unhealthy sources of protein such as red and processed meat because their high levels of fat can lead to heart disease. It is wise to stick with varieties such as white meat, eggs and combinations such as rice and beans.

Interested in learning more about senior nutrition? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills today. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers are available to assist seniors with nutritious meal preparation, grocery shopping, and other activities including personal care, light housekeeping and medication reminders. Find out how your aging parent or loved one could benefit from hourly or 24 hour care in El Dorado Hills by scheduling a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager at 916-358-3801.