Nutrient deficiencies, reduced mobility, and slower metabolic functions all contribute to a decline in health as we age. Maintaining a healthy diet and getting a reasonable amount of exercise daily can counteract some of these changes and improve our overall health and quality of life. It’s important to be aware of the changes necessary to enhance senior nutrition to promote better health and wellness as we age. Check out what dietary changes can be made to meet the nutritional needs of seniors to help them thrive.
Fewer Calories but More Nutrients
Seniors may need fewer calories to obtain the necessary energy to go about their normal day and maintain their weight. However, they will still need to maintain or increase their levels of some nutrients. Their diet should contain plenty of fresh, green vegetables, fruits, lean meats and proteins, fish, healthy fats and oils, and fiber.
Increased Protein Intake
As we age, we lose muscle tone and strength. This increases the risk of falls and bone fractures. Increasing protein intake can help maintain muscle mass and improve strength and balance.
More Natural Fiber
Increased consumption of natural fiber can reduce the risk of constipation and promote gut health and regular bowel movements. Taking fiber supplements can help, but it’s better to get fiber through food intake — that means consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables along with whole grains.
Add Nutrients Like Calcium, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin C
Seniors should also increase their intake of certain nutrients that can improve their health and counteract some of the effects of aging. Calcium and vitamin D can improve bone health. Vitamin B12 maintains healthy brain function and is essential for making red blood cells. Potassium can improve blood pressure and reduce the risk of kidney stones, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids can lower the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Magnesium can improve sleep and promote relaxation. Iron can reduce the risk of anemia, exhaustion, and bruising.
Supporting Balanced and Nutritious Living
At Twin Town Villa, we take senior nutrition seriously. We provide healthy, home-cooked meals to our residents, and these meals cater to individual residents’ nutritional needs, dietary preferences, personal preferences, and lifestyles. We believe it’s important to offer our residents choices, so that they can maintain control over their lives and enjoy some independence and autonomy. To learn more, contact us to schedule a tour of the community or call us at (218) 643-9542.