Healthy Nutrient Foods for the Elderly

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Hello from Curantis Home Carers.  The following article discusses the importance of nutrition with the elderly.  This is one of the many services that the caregivers at Curantis Home Carers provide.

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Healthy Nutrient Foods for the Elderly

With age, our caloric needs will probably decrease, while your nutrient needs might stay the same or increase.

For the elderly, the eating of food types rich in nutrients will help them get the vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats they need.

The following are examples of nutrient-dense rich foods:-

  • vegetables and fruits
  • beans and lentils
  • nuts and seeds
  • whole grains
  • low-fat dairy
  • lean protein

Where possible try to restrict the intake that is high in calories, but low in nutrients.

Avoid junk food as far possible as the nutrient value is very low in most cases.

Try to avoid:-

  • Deep fried foods
  • Desserts
  • Sugar beverages

Why Fiber is important for the elderly

For a system to function the digestive system must be healthy and well maintained.

For this reason, fiber is essential to the digestive system.

Fiber helps to avoid constipation and other digestive problems, it’s important to include fiber-rich food types in your daily meals.

To control healthy cholesterol level the consumption of soluble fiber is important when it comes to maintaining cholesterol levels.

Sources of good fiber include:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • beans and lentils
  • nuts and seeds
  • oats and oat bran
  • whole grains

There are fiber supplements available consult your doctor is always a good idea as he can assist.

 

Convenience Foods

Choose the healthiest options these foods can be easy to prepare and nutritious:

  • frozen or low-sodium canned vegetables
  • frozen unsweetened fruit or low-sugar canned fruit
  • precooked grilled turkey or rotisserie chicken
  • low-sodium canned soup or stews
  • bagged salad or coleslaw mix
  • instant oatmeal
  • steamer bags of veggies in either the produce or freezer sections of grocery stores

Remember to check the labels on pre-packaged foods to ensure that you know what you are purchasing.

As far as possible looking at purchasing things with less added sugar, saturated fat, and salt — and more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Why supplements are important are important for elderly

As we get older we need to look at what eat more carefully and this may result in some nutrients being excluded from our diets.

Vitamin’s or mineral supplements, such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, or vitamin B-12 are important to maintaining the good health of the elderly.

These specific vitamins are often poorly absorbed or not consumed.

It is always best to consult with your doctor beforehand, medication may be interfering with certain supplements.

Always check to see if there would be any side effects before taking supplements again refer to a professional your pharmacist or doctor.

Stay Hydrated

  • As you age, you may not notice when you’re thirsty.
  • Make sure you’re drinking fluids on a regular basis.
  • Aim for eight 8 glasses of water daily.
  • You can also get some water from juice
  • Tea, soup, or even water-rich fruits and vegetables.

Stay Social

Eat with friends and family members.

Social interaction can turn mealtimes into an enjoyable affair, rather than a chore you’d rather skip.

 

Written by Erika Schulten Jansen – Curantis Home Carers

 

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