Ensuring Proper Nutrition for Older Adults | Executive Care of Somerville
Proper nutrition plays a vital role in health throughout our entire life, but is especially important for our aging loved ones.
Without the proper nutrition, they are more likely to suffer from various ailments and maladies. Fortunately, ensuring a healthy diet for your loved one doesn’t have to be a difficult task.
Senior Nutrition Tips
There are many nutrients that can be beneficial for seniors, not to mention necessary for optimal health.
- Calcium and vitamin D. These can help maintain bone health. It is suggested to have three servings of calcium-rich foods and beverages each day.
- Potassium. By increasing potassium and reducing sodium intake, there can be a lower risk of high blood pressure. Instead of using salt, try flavoring foods with herbs and spices.
- Fats. The right kind of fats are found in things like nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil and fish.
- Fiber. This can help lower risk for heart disease and help prevent Type 2 diabetes, as well as keeping the digestive system regulated.
- Vitamin B12. Those 50 and older often do not get enough B12, but this can be helped through things like fortified cereals and fruit juices, dark green leafy vegetables, and milk.
Choosemyplate.gov is an excellent resource to ensure your aging loved one’s nutritional needs are being met through daily meals and snacks.
Simple Meal Ideas
Looking for some tasty meal ideas for your loved one that will also make sure they’re getting the proper nutrients? There are plenty of excellent suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner that will prove simple and delicious:
- Yogurt parfait
- Warm oatmeal and berries
- Whole-grain pancakes
- Hard-boiled egg with a side of fruit and slice of whole-wheat toast
- Quinoa salad
- Salmon wrap made from canned boneless skinless salmon placed on a whole-grain wrap with avocado, tomatoes, greens and plain yogurt
- Southwest omelet (ideal for breakfast or lunch)
- Southwest chicken salad, made from boneless, skinless chicken breast that is cooked on a skillet with salsa
- Shrimp and fresh greens, made with sautéed fresh veggies and cocktail shrimp that has been purchased already peeled, cooked and chilled
- Beans and rice
Cooking can be made easier by taking the time to sit down with your aging loved one and making a meal plan for the week, being sure to write everything down.
You can make it a family meal prep activity and help your loved one prepare a week of meals so all that is needed is to remove things from the fridge and simply eat or heat up and eat. Most importantly, be sure to vary up the menu items from time to time to make sure boredom doesn’t pop up.
Making sure that your aging loved one is getting the nutritional meals he or she needs doesn’t have to be a concern with the in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Somerville. If you would like to learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us and get the conversation started.