Balanced Nutrition for the Elderly
As we age, our bodies have different needs. Therefore, it’s important that we consume certain nutrients to maintain good health. Some of these include:
Calcium and Vitamin D:
Older adults and elderly need more calcium and Vitamin D than younger adults. These nutrients are necessary for the maintenance of bone health. Elderly adults should consume about 3 servings of calcium-rich foods and beverages daily. If they consume calcium supplements, then the chosen one should contain Vitamin D.
Many people over the age of 50 don’t consume sufficient Vitamin B12. Foods such as fortified cereal, lean meat, and some fish and seafood are good sources.
Elderly adults need to stay regular. It can also help to reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Consuming more potassium while reducing sodium intake helps to lower the risk associated with high blood pressure. Elderly adults should consume foods with little to no salt, and add flavour to foods with herbs and spices.
Foods that are low in saturated fats and trans fats can reduce the risk of heart disease. Older people should consume mostly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Whether our elderly family members are in their own homes or in care facilities, we should be looking out for their nutrition to ensure they are getting everything they need to live healthy, happy, long lives. Do you know what your elderly family members are eating daily? Are they getting the proper nutrition their bodies need?