Wednesday March 11, 2015
What makes a senior feel their best today is most likely different than what it once was, and part of living a life of wellness means embracing those differences and choosing options that will make them the happiest, both now and in the future. That is why, today, we are introducing a new blog series called, “Wellness Wednesday’s.” This series will provide readers with healthy tips and ideas geared at helping seniors live happy and healthy lives.
In this edition of Wellness Wednesday’s, we look at some key factors to consider when making choices regarding food and nutrition.
Why is a healthy diet important for seniors?
As someone ages, a healthy diet can significantly reduce their risk of being diagnosed with a number of health issues, including, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain cancers. Eat Right Ontario has also suggested that as people age, eating well can be the key to increased mental acuteness, higher energy levels, and a more positive outlook on life.
What age-related changes may affect how the body processes food?
When determining what constitutes a healthy diet for a senior, it is important to consider age-related changes affecting how their body processes food. Studies show that seniors may be faced with challenges including:
What social/lifestyle factors may impact dietary choices for seniors?
Physical changes to the body are not the only challenges that seniors may be faced with that could have an impact on their diet. There are a variety of lifestyle changes that a person may be more likely to encounter as they age as well, which could have an impact on their eating habits. These may include:
How can seniors overcome some of these challenges?
If you or your aging loved one is experiencing any of the physical or social challenges described above, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that the body is still receiving the nutrients it needs to stay healthy as it ages.
If you or your loved one are experiencing negative physical changes due to eating habits, you may want to think about the following options:
If you/your loved one’s appetite is smaller than it used to be, you may want to consider the following ideas:
Finally, if eating alone is making it difficult for the senior to maintain a healthy diet, there are a number of options available that may make it easier for them to plan and prepare their meals:
When it comes to nutrition and a healthy diet, the most important thing to remember is that every senior has unique dietary needs specific to their personal health and well-being. Be sure to ask a doctor for advice if you are uncertain about the nutritional requirements you or your loved one should be fulfilling in order to remain happy and healthy while aging.
Stay tuned for information and advice pertaining to eye care in the next edition of Wellness Wednesday’s!
We are very grateful for your thoughtfulness and for the excellent care that mum received over the past year from all the senior companions. Sincerely,
I and B. B, Hamilton