Senior nutrition is more than just a source of comfort. The foods we eat directly affect our health. Food is fuel for the body, and to get good results, you have to use high-quality fuel. Healthy eating can help you feel healthier, and may even help you live longer. The right diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, or if you already have heart health issues, lower your risk of heart complications. A healthy diet may even prevent dementia. Here’s what you need to know in order to eat food that’s both tasty and nutritious.
Everyone knows the saying, “you are what you eat,” and current research only continues to demonstrate the importance of nutrition choices. Eating the proper foods can do more than decrease weight gain. Now we know that foods can decrease inflammation, diminish the effects of chronic skin disorders and even aid in decreasing gastrointestinal complications. For older adults, nutrition is even more vital because the body requires a different mix of vitamins and protein to maintain wellness.
Links between diet and dementia have been crystallizing for years, but until recently, there’s been little understanding about why, exactly, the risk of dementia increases with a poor diet.
Better understanding of the links between diet and dementia could help millions of Americans reduce their risk of developing dementia. And these breakthroughs can also help slow the progression of cognitive decline in those who already have dementia.
Getting older comes with new responsibilities, including issues that may have not been at the front of your mind a few decades before. Exercise, for example, may have been a normal part of your active workday before you retired. However, now you may find yourself with a chronic medical condition that leaves you with no energy to take a stroll around the block. Beyond exercise, choosing the right foods and maintaining a healthy diet can keep your body and mind strong. Senior nutrition can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with the right information and support systems in place, you can feed your body the fuel that will keep it running well.
For seniors, maintaining a healthy diet plan isn’t as simple as just following the USDA’s recommended nutritional guidelines. Seniors have nutritional needs that are different from those of other groups, and many seniors require special diet plans to avoid ingredients that interact with medications, exacerbate medical conditions, or lead to digestive issues.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to visit family or friends and count your blessings. While all that is wonderful, there is one thing you cannot deny: Thanksgiving is also about the food! What a treasured holiday when we all can gather to enjoy delicious family favorites that comfort us and bring us into the holiday season. Who knew mashed potatoes and turkey could evoke such lovely memories?
With autumn breezes and cooler weather arriving, you might feel the urge to cozy up with some delicious comfort foods and treats. The season is full of tasty options that feature harvest favorites like pumpkin, squash, and apple. Get cooking with just a few of our favorite treats that are senior-nutrition-friendly.
There are a number of challenges that come with caring for someone who has dementia. While you might expect some of those challenges, such as forgetfulness or confusion, you may find a few challenges are not ones you anticipated. Dietary changes and nutritional adaptations are sometimes an unexpected part of the dementia process. People with dementia can experience a wide range of issues around food: some will eat less, some will lose the ability to navigate silverware or some may find a dining room environment too distracting. No matter the case, keeping healthy nutrition for those with dementia is especially important. Proper nutrition can assist with healing, potential skin issues, and other chronic conditions.