Nutritional needs change throughout a person’s life. This variance is due to the amount and type of activity they’re engaging in as well as their overall health. However, it’s not always easy for many older adults to know what you “should” eat. Nutrition education may help you learn a bit more about how to eat a nutrient-rich diet.
Nutrition Education for Older Adults
What foods and nutrients do older adults need? This depends on various factors. A good place to start is with a conversation with your doctor. They can offer recommendations based on what you’re facing, such as any illnesses you have, hormone levels, heart health, and brain health.
Many older adults benefit from a nutrient-rich diet that offers a wide range of food choices, colors, and types. Some of the most commonly beneficial foods include:
- A range of fruits and vegetables can provide an assortment of vitamins and minerals that are good for overall health, immune system function, and brain health.
- Whole grains are essential because they can reduce weight and encourage proper digestion.
- Calcium and Vitamin D are critical to healthy bones. Get these from low-fat sources of dairy like milk and cheeses.
- Protein is vital for maintaining the function of the immune system and the body’s overall ability to heal. Get good sources of protein from seafood, chicken, eggs, and lean meats.
- A good source of fiber includes beans, nuts, and seeds.
Work with your doctor to get a better idea of what your needs are. For example, many older adults need a low sodium diet and low levels of sugar. This diet may help with conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
It’s More Than Nutrition Education for Adults
Keep in mind that having nutrition education is an essential first step. However, putting it into practice is also necessary. You may know what to eat, but how do you balance a diet and create foods you enjoy eating? This is where getting some help can matter.
One option is to use food deliveries to your home. Many senior programs offer healthy food options, making it easier to prepare meals without having to shop for groceries.
It may also be a good idea to talk to others in the community. Perhaps you and a few neighbors can take turns creating healthy dishes to share each day. That way, everyone gets the support they need.
Skipping the unhealthy pre-boxed foods and going for whole foods is often the best choice. Sometimes, you may need a bit more help getting to and from the store or managing the cooking. Have a friend or family member help you at the beginning of the week to prepare meals for the entire week.
Explore the Opportunities at Wickshire Senior Living
Are you considering a move into an assisted living community? Nutrition education and support are just a few of the services we offer at Wickshire Senior Living to help men and women maintain their health. Find a community near you to learn more.