Many families and caregivers are concerned if their aging parents are eating enough and /or eating a balanced, nutritious diet. This article addresses some useful information regarding aging and nutrition.
There are many age related changes that can affect the nutritional needs of seniors.
- Diminished appetite –Metabolism slows with age. A slower metabolism can be more pronounced with a decrease in physical activity and exercise.
- Some medications may affect how nutrients are absorbed. Physicians, pharmacists and allied health care providers should be kept informed of all medications and supplements which are being taken.
- Depression and loneliness can cause lack of interest in meal preparation and eating.
- Difficulty in getting to grocery store or difficulty in meal preparation.
As we age, energy and calorie needs decrease. It becomes even more important to consume nutrient dense food from all four food groups.
Here are some healthy eating examples from each group.
- Fish, seeds, nuts and avocados
- Choose whole grains over processed, refined white products. Whole grains, breads and cereals typically contain more fibre and nutrients.
- Important for building and maintain bone and muscle as we age. Found in milk, cheese and yogurt. Non dairy sources of calcium are leafy greens, fish and seafood
Fruit and Vegetables
- Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. They are high in fibre, which can help with constipation and they are rich in vitamins and minerals
- Crucial for building and maintaining muscle. Protein also plays an important role in cell repair and a healthy immune system. Good sources of protein are lean meats such as fish and chicken. Lentils, nuts, eggs and greek yogurt are also great sources of protein.
Sometimes a little extra help can make all the difference. At CalaCare, our dedicated team of caregivers are here to help. We can assist with grocery shopping, meal planning and preparation, as well as companionship. Our Home Support Services make independent living safe and enjoyable.
We are happy to provide you with information and answer any questions you may have regarding our home support services. We offer a free in-home consultation with a certified Care Manager. Contact us at 905-296-5052 or 1-888-774-CALA (2252) or email us at email@example.com