Healthy Nutrition as We Age

The Connection Between Aging Well and Food

Healthy nutrition is important at all ages. It helps us avoid chronic fatigue, poor digestion, poor metabolic function, unplanned weight loss and illness. As we age, we become more susceptible to these common ailments so it’s important to give our bodies the nutrients they need to stay healthy. While older adults may not need as many calories as younger individuals, our nutrient needs are about the same or higher.

The five most important nutrients for older adults are:

  • Calcium
    Essential for strong teeth and bones.
  • Vitamin D
    Helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
  • Vitamin B12
    Promotes proper nerve function and brain health. It may also help slow cognitive decline in older women.
  • Fiber
    Helps aid proper digestion and prevent age-related diseases and illnesses like high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer.
  • Protein
    Maintains muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.

Aging well with proper nutrition

The dietary department at Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center is committed to helping you achieve the highest level of independence and health. We are ready to help determine what proper nutrition looks like for you and your unique health care needs. Getting started is easy, just follow these quick tips:

  • Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
  • Talk to your doctor to find out if supplements can help aid your digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss.
  • Fill your plate with plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats.
  • Add fiber to every meal to promote proper digestion and build protection from many age-related illnesses.
  • Keep your brain healthy with omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts.

Eating well can help lower your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to thrive. Contact us at 727-442-7106 to find out how our safe, effective senior rehabilitation services can help you age gracefully.