Healthy Nutrition for Aging Adults
Happy New Year! The certified dietary managers at Lakeside Health and Rehabilitation Center hope your year is off to a happy and healthy start. During this time of year many people begin to take action on their new year’s resolutions—which are often focused on weight loss and fitness.
While eating right and staying healthy are important for everyone, it becomes increasingly important as we grow older. If you are 60 years old or more, it’s time to make a lifestyle change toward consistent, healthy nutrition and our skilled professionals can help.
At Lakeside Health and Rehabilitation Center, eating well isn’t just a new year’s resolution; it’s a way of life. Whether you have a resolution to get healthy or are interested in ways to improve your overall health, we can help.
The Lakeside Health and Rehabilitation Center dietary department can help you get the proper nutrition and rehabilitation you need to support your unique healthcare needs.
How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
Generally speaking, older adults need fewer calories—but just as many, if not more, nutrients—as younger people. For this reason, it is extremely important to eat nutrient-rich, whole foods every day, and:
- Drink (and eat) more water
As you get older, your sense of thirst lessens and your kidneys do not conserve water as well, which puts you at an increased risk for dehydration. Therefore, it’s essential to drink plenty of water and eat foods that have a high water content, like strawberries, watermelon and cucumbers.
- Consider supplements
Supplements like vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium aid digestion and prevent bone loss—two things everyone needs help with as we age.
- Choose more nutrient-rich foods
Foods like dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats will help you get plenty of the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
- Eat more fiber
Digestion naturally slows with age, which can lead to constipation. Eating foods rich in fiber promotes proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
- Eat more Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your aging brain. Foods like salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseed and walnuts are smart choices that support healthy brain function.
The certified dietary managers at Lakeside Health and Rehabilitation Center work with patients to help maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients they need to live a long and healthy life. Our senior rehabilitation services will develop a tailored nutritional plan to help you stay as healthy as possible as you grow older.