You probably agree that nutrition plays a huge and important role in our lives, as well as the lives of our senior parents or loved ones but knowing how to ensure that we are getting what we need and getting our seniors to agree can be difficult sometimes.
If your senior parent is needing elderly care at home, you may be doing the grocery shopping for them, or are considering hiring a caregiver to help. When creating your senior’s list, be sure to include some or all of the heart-healthy and nutritious foods below which can help with weight control, increase in energy, and may even help to prevent diseases like osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
10 foods to incorporate into your seniors’ diet:
1. Fruits. Nature provides a sweet bounty if we know what and when to select her harvest, but older Americans generally do not eat enough fruit. Choosing vibrant fruits that are ripe with the season like fresh cherries, blueberries, or even pomegranates will ensure that your senior is receiving loads of vitamins and antioxidants. If fresh fruits aren’t readily available, frozen is good too.
2. Vegetables. Veggies dark and colorful like kale, spinach, cabbage, and Swiss chard are ideal for nutrition. Next time you or your senior’s elderly care aide do the produce shopping, pick out a vegetable you’ve never tried before!
Helpful tip: make sure you or your seniors’ caregivers are properly washing all fruits and vegetables prior to cutting or serving.
3. Fatty Fish. Salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel are all heart-healthy fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. Pair it with a yummy vegetable like spinach or asparagus for a well-rounded and super nutritious meal for your senior!
4. Dairy. Most adults do not get enough dairy in their daily diet. For lower-fat dairy options, select fat-free or low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurt so they are still getting the important vitamins and minerals the body needs.
5. Nuts. Portable, mess-free, and easily available, nuts are packed with omega-3’s and good-for-you fats as well as protein and fiber so grab yourself and your senior a handful today! Almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts are all great choices when it comes to selecting these heart-healthy snacks but try to keep the serving size to around 1 ounce, eaten 5 times per week.
Remember: It’s all about balance. If your senior isn’t used to eating lots of healthy fruits and veggies in their diet at home, slowly try adding in foods so as not to overwhelm them all at once. Or let them have a favorite not-so-nutritious food item but pair it with a healthy option and encourage them to eat both.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care in Springfield, PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.