Eating Healthy as We Age
Eating well and staying physically active are important things to do, no matter how old you grow. Maintaining a healthy diet and getting proper nutrition helps older adults lower their risk of developing chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
As we age our nutritional needs change. Certain nutrients become even more important for maintaining good health. As we embark on this brand new year and decade, let’s give ourselves a new kind of challenge, similar to the 10-year challenge that was so popular on social media this year. The certified dietary managers at Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center challenge us all to eat well and stay physically active in 2020 to see how our bodies and minds benefit. After all, a new year means new beginnings.
Will you join us?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to go it alone. At Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center, eating well is a way of life. We can help ensure you’re getting the right nutrition and proper rehabilitation you need to support your changing healthcare needs.
How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?
Though older adults may not need as many daily calories, their nutrient needs are just as high if not higher than when they were younger. That’s why it’s extremely important to eat nutrient-rich, whole foods every day. A diet that’s full of saturated fats and trans fats accelerates aging, while a nutrient-rich diet that’s full of fiber and low on calories can slow the pace of aging. Make these small changes today to start seeing near immediate benefits:
Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, to avoid dehydration and constipation. Older adults have a diminished sense of thirst, and their kidneys aren’t able to conserve water as well.
- Eat nutrient-rich foods
Older adults need fewer calories—but they need just as many, if not more, nutrients than younger people. Making the switch to nutrient-dense foods like dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats can help keep older adults healthy.
- Eat more fiber
Digestion naturally slows with age, which can lead to constipation, bloating and gas. Eating fiber-rich foods will help promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
- Add more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet
Omega-3s are good for brain function and memory. Adding foods like salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseed and walnuts to your diet will help support a healthy brain.
- Ask about supplements
A daily dose of B12, vitamin D and calcium helps digestion and prevents bone loss—two things everyone needs additional help with as we age.
At Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services include ongoing nutritional guidance for eating well-balanced meals as we age. We’re ready to help you through 2020 and beyond so you can enjoy a long, healthy, active and youthful life.