Poor nutrition can lead to undesired weight loss and can put the immune system at risk. This can make older adults more vulnerable to infections like the common cold or flu. Our nutrition needs changes as we get older, and certain nutrients become especially important for maintaining a good health.
Here are some of the nutrition needs of the elderly:
Calcium and Vitamin D
Seniors need more calcium and vitamin D to strengthen their bones. Having three servings of calcium-rich foods and beverages each day can help them a lot. Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D include fortified cereals and fruit juices, green leafy vegetables, milk and fortified plant beverages.
Fiber can help lower your risk for heart disease and prevent Type 2 diabetes. So, make sure to eat fiber rich foods including peas, beans, carrots, broccoli, sweet corn, potatoes with skin, oranges, strawberries, etc.
Increasing potassium along with reducing sodium (salt) may prevent seniors from hypertension. Sweet potatoes, white beans, yogurt, canned salmon are good sources of potassium.
Vitamin C helps increase iron absorption as well as aids in wound healing. It also helps fight infections. Vegetables rich in vitamin C include Broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnip greens, Brussels sprouts, etc.
Seniors are usually at risk of dehydration due to a decreased ability to sense thirst, especially those who are going through some type of illness. Sufficient fluid intake is extremely important for them. A minimum intake of six to eight glasses of fluid each day is required.
Maintaining proper nutrition in old age is really important. If you are finding it difficult, consider hiring a caregiver who will take care of all your nutrition needs.
If you are looking for experienced caregivers, contact Associated Home Quality Health Care, a leading provider of home health care services. We provide the best senior care services while maintaining senior’s independence and dignity. We provide both in-home care and assisted living services.
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