Good nutrition is important at every age, but it becomes even more crucial as we enter our golden years. Filling one’s body with delicious and nourishing food is essential to maintaining good bone health, healthy muscles, strong organ function and efficient cognitive abilities. However, senior’s diets aren’t always balanced and healthy. If you or an aging loved one are looking to make changes to your diet for better health and wellness, that’s great! Just remember that any sudden dietary adjustments or restrictions should first be discussed with a doctor or physician.
To help ensure the health and safety of seniors and older adults, Home Care Assistance wanted to share 3 common diet changes that seniors make which can be detrimental to overall health:
- Reducing caloric intake. When we think of diets, we naturally think about reducing the amount of calories we consume. While this is acceptable in some cases, seniors who drastically reduce their caloric intake risk depleting the body of essential vitamins and nutrients. The results can be negative, ranging from decreased bone density to a lack of potassium, vitamin D and other heart-essential nutrients.
- Skipping dairy products. Some research reports that consuming a diet high in dairy can have adverse health effects, causing individuals to completely cut it out of their diets. This however, is a mistake. Consuming dairy products such as milk and cheese in moderation is good for overall health because they are an excellent source of calcium. The intake of dairy products is also linked to improved bone health, and reduced risk for osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.
- Replacing meals with dietary supplement pills. Many seniors struggle with loss of appetite as they are older and turn to dietary supplement pills to replace meals. This is something that seniors should not do. Using supplement pills can cause adverse reactions with prescription medications or cause them to overdose on a specific vitamin or mineral. Seniors should be eating meals that meet their nutritional needs, only using supplement pills to fill in the gaps, as prescribed by a doctor or medical professional.
Making smart diet choices is especially important for seniors who are at risk or who are showing early signs of advanced conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. If you have an aging parent or loved one who has recently been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, learn more about our specialty care for dementia in Denton and Collin counties.
Small diet modifications made today can lead to a brighter future, enhancing longevity and promoting independence and quality of life. For more information about senior nutrition, contact a Care Manager today. We will be able to answer any of your questions and can help you find the perfect caregiver to provide assistance with household chores including meal preparation. Getting started is easy! Simply dial 972-468-6010. We look forward to hearing from you.