Aging In Place

Senior Nutrition

As you age, you’ll find you need more of some nutrients and less of others. Depending on health conditions and family history, your senior nutrition may require you to remove certain foods completely and increase others. Your diet is greatly impacted by several factors, one of them being a change in body composition. During the later years in life, the body will lose bone and muscle and gain fat because of hormonal changes. 

Nutrition for Seniors

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Healthy Diet for Senior Nutrition

Keeping healthy and staying healthy is everyone’s hope. Looking forward to retirement is everyone’s dream. In order to attain both, healthy eating and exercise is paramount for senior nutrition. In general, these are some areas of your diet that you’ll want to consider–

Protein

At this stage in life, protein is very important. Protein is needed to support a healthy immune system and prevent the wasting of muscle. Since energy needs are less, older folks should eat high-quality protein such as eggs, lean meats, poultry, and fish.

Carbs and Fiber

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the entire body. You can find carbs in bread, cereals, pasta, and other grain products. A diet that’s high in fiber and water will help to prevent constipation as well.

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Fat

Fat intake for the elderly should be limited, but not eliminated. You can limit fat by choosing lean meats, low fat dairy products, and food preparation methods that don’t include frying.

Iron

For the elderly, iron deficiency can be seen with those who aren’t eating much. Good sources for iron include lean red meats or breakfast cereals.

Zinc

Zinc intake is normally with the elderly, and to make matters worse, it’s not absorbed very well either. Meat, poultry, and fish should be a part of your diet to help you meet the requirements for zinc.

Calcium

Calcium is one ingredient that most elderly folks simply aren’t getting enough of. Most believe that milk upsets their stomach, and therefore they will avoid it. They should be getting around 1,500 mg of calcium a day, and nonfat powdered milk can be used in recipes as a substitute for milk. Other foods such as yogurt, low-fat cheese, and broccoli can also help you meet the requirements for calcium.

Vitamin B12

In order to absorb the benefits of B12, the intrinsic factor must be produced by the stomach. Most elderly people suffer from a deficiency in B12 because they have a condition known as atrophic gastritis. This condition causes inflammation of the stomach, bacterial overgrowth, and the intrinsic factor. Without the intrinsic factor, this vitamin can be absorbed.

Water

Water in the body decreases with age, so many older folks will become dehydrated very easily. You may not feel thirsty, but it’s recommended that you drink at least 1 ounce of water for every 2.2 pounds of weight.

Senior Nutrition

Each one of the above nutrients are needed to keep an aged body in good health. Elderly individuals should try to stay active and strive for a well-balanced diet. Even though the aged body isn’t the same as it used to be, proper care and the right nutrients can help the elderly enjoy a healthy and long life

While some of us may have never been seriously ill a day in our lives, there will come a time our hearing may not be as keen; our vision may falter; the ability to walk up and down flights of stairs may become difficult, or handling the simplest task may cause aches and pains. Most of the minor problems we encounter as we become older can be helped through proper diet and exercise. The more fit we are now, the more likely we will be able to overcome any serious illness. 



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25 Comments

  1. Spent most of this week stocking up on good/healthy foods for my mother, trying to stop her having to go to the shops as much as possible

  2. Great tips. I try to stay away from carbs as much as possible. I wasn’t aware that zinc does not absorb well in older folks.

  3. Yes so true. As we age our requirements change when it comes to nutrition. The meal looks such a great option. Unfortunately don’t see any brand like this yet here in our place.

  4. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    Eating healthy is always the best place to start when getting healthy. The right nutrients are a great way to shave off years.

  5. It’s so interesting how our nutritional needs change with aging. Healthy eating is really important and more so when we get older.

  6. I know that vitamin B12 can make a real difference. Thanks for all these tips!

  7. Better nutrition is a must for senior members of the society. They also need utmost care!

  8. This is some possible information for all that have elderly parents.

  9. I didn’t know this about the water in-take senior citizens need to have on them. I’ll be on the look-out for it.

  10. Matt Taylor says:

    Better nutrition is something a lot of people need to work on. I know I do! Thanks for sharing this information.

  11. those are good tips. interesting that zinc does not absorb well in the elderly. thanks for suggesting foods that seniors can eat.

  12. YES!! This definitely needs to be emphasized!! I personally eat healthfully and live a healthy lifestyle now, so I can feel my best for when I get older 🙂

  13. The older we get, the more important it is for us to really take care of ourselves. Our bodies are machines, and just like any machine, the older it gets, the more attention it needs.

  14. A healthy lifestyle is even more important as we age. The older we get, the more susceptible we are to sickness, and the harder it is to stay healthy.

  15. Nutrition while aging is a must and always needs to be considered. There are a lot of ways to boost the immune system.

  16. I don’t have any idea: in the last years of life, the body will lose bones and muscles and get fat due to hormonal changes.

  17. Yes, the older the more protein we need. But no carbs please…

  18. This is such a helpful post for people having senior members in the family. A healthy lifestyle and tailored nutrition is very important

  19. Don’t I know this one: During the later years in life, the body will lose bone and muscle and gain fat because of hormonal changes.

  20. I prefer healthy eating, if possible. It takes hours to cook and prepare food, and eat on just minutes. But I will still continue to do this. And, your article had brighten up my day, pumping the knowledge how to stay healthy. Thanks for inspiring me more.

  21. Healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet is always necessary regardless of age. But thank you for sharing this information as I know a lot can benefit from it.

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