As we age, our bodies experience many changes, which affect our nutritional needs. In order to maintain your health throughout your senior years, you must realize and adapt to these changes. Below are several dietary and nutritional recommendations that your senior caregiver will take to promote optimal health:
1. Add Vitamin B12 to Your Diet– Seniors are not able to absorb nutrients as easily, specifically B6 and B12. Therefore, elderly adults should actively seek out foods that contain these nutrients and also supplement their diets with B6 and B12 vitamins.
2. Additional Fiber is Essential- Elders often struggle with issues digesting foods. Your digestive system needs the help of fiber, which is found in many foods like raw fruits and vegetables. Supplements are also useful, but raw fruits and vegetables are your number one source of fiber for healthy living.
3. Increase Your Protein Intake- Seniors can lose up to 10% of their muscle mass every 10 years after age 50. Consequently, muscle health is essential for older adults and protein will help maintain muscle mass. The most nutritious sources of protein are eggs, beans, fish, chicken and nuts.
4. Hydration is Critical- Older adults must drink more water and eat more foods that offer hydration. It is critical to keeping their bodies and digestive system, in the best working condition.
5. Incorporate Physical Exercise– As we age, our metabolism naturally slows down. Seniors must compensate for this with more activity in your lifestyle. Go on walks, work in the garden or go swimming to remain active.
6. Make Sure You Get Enough Calcium– Bone health becomes increasing important as we age. Make sure to supplement your diet with a good amount of calcium vitamins.
If you are concerned about your nutrition, or the nutritional needs of a senior loved one, Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts can help. We provide professional and experience caregivers who receive expert training in senior care and the nutritional needs of seniors. Our Balanced Care Method™ is a revolutionary approach to senior care, which implements a balanced diet, physical exercise, mental stimulation and companionship. Call 781-239-0060 today to schedule a free assessment with a Care Manager and take the first step towards a happier and healthier life.