Sep 28, 2016 by Luke Ries
Proper nutrition ties directly into positive well-being at nearly every stage of our lives. In addition to helping us feel better physically – by strengthening the immune system and increasing energy levels – healthier food choices also improve our outlook and attitude. For aging adults, healthy eating is especially vital to maintaining a happy, healthy, and independent lifestyle. That’s because as we age, our metabolism begins to slow down, and though we don’t need as many calories, our bodies do require more nutrient-dense foods to prevent potential health issues. As an added benefit, eating healthy foods can help manage conditions or chronic illnesses that are already in place.
While many may understand the importance of proper nutrition, it can often be difficult to determine what foods are actually healthy, especially in a consumer landscape where options are seemingly endless. Use the tips below during the next shopping trip with your aging loved ones, as they can help shed some light on what foods are best.
Our dietary needs and restrictions are often quite specific once we reach older age. With that in mind, consider the tips above as they relate to your own aging loved ones. Always consult with physicians, registered dieticians, or any other medical professionals before changing a senior’s diet.
When your aging loved ones in Sheboygan and Fund du Lac need a little help around the house – whether it’s with meal preparation or companionship – we’re ready to help. Our compassionate, professional in-home caregivers provide personalized senior care services, tailored to your loved ones’ exact needs. We believe in “doing with” rather than “doing for” which allows seniors to stay engaged physically, mentally, and emotionally. Above all, our goal is to help your loved ones stay happy, healthy, and independent at home.