Like it or not, your metabolism slows down and your digestive system changes as you age. While a well-balanced diet is often the standard recommendation for everyone, it’s especially important for seniors and older adults to maintain a proper nutritional balance to counteract the changes taking place within your body as you become more mature.
To help seniors get the most out of each meal, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Denton County in-home care, wanted to present some of the most vital nutrition tips for seniors and older adults.
- Get Your Essential Vitamins – The way your body processes nutrients changes as you age, regardless of how much you exercise. What this means is that it’s important to ensure that you’re getting the recommended daily intake of essential vitamins. For older adults and seniors, these essential vitamins should include:
- Vitamin B12 – Lack of sufficient B12 may result in excessive fatigue and nerve problems.
- Vitamin D – Senior skin absorbs 3-times less vitamin D from the sun, often resulting in a vitamin D deficiency even if your diet is already fairly healthy.
- Embrace Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Numerous studies have confirmed the many health benefits associated with these particular fatty acids. For seniors, omega 3s can help ease muscle and joint stiffness and improve important brain functions.
- Bone Up On Your Calcium Intake – Adults over the age of 50 need about 1200 milligrams of calcium per day, about 200 milligrams more than the RDA (recommended daily allowance) for younger adults. Just about any dairy product will provide a decent amount of calcium, as will certain vegetables. Lack of calcium can result in brittle bones, increasing the odds of severe injuries even from minor falls.
Realistically, you’re likely to need a nutritional supplement to get the right amounts of vitamins B12 and D and calcium. The same goes for omega 3s. From a dietary perspective, you’ll definitely benefit from a diet rich in colorful fruits and veggies, leafy greens, fatty fish (yes, that’s a good thing) and plenty of water and non-caffeinated beverages.
If you or an aging parent or loved one need help with nutritious meal preparation, grocery shopping or any other daily tasks, learn more about hourly home care in Denton County. With an hourly home care service, a highly trained and compassionate caregiver can assist you with a wide variety of daily tasks, ensuring your safety, comfort and regular routines. Learn more by calling 972-468-6010 and speak with a friendly Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Denton County today.