While proper and balanced nutrition is important to people of all ages, it is particularly important for adults in their senior years. Their body requirements differ from when they were younger as their bodies go through changes brought about by aging. They need more nutrients and less excess fat. This makes them prone to obesity despite being nutrient deficient.
As a provider of home care in Sun City, Arizona, we give importance to balanced nutrition when preparing meals for seniors. Here are some nutrients that should be incorporated into senior meals according to eatright.org:
- Calcium and vitamin D
This is important for bone health. This should be varied in the form of low-fat or fat-free dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, salmon and other fatty fish
- Vitamin B12
As they find it harder to absorb enough vitamin B12 you can add this in their meals through lean meat, fish, and seafood
- Dietary fiber
This promotes regular bowel movement and lowers the risk of heart disease. Go for whole-grain bread and cereals, beans, and peas.
This lowers the risk of high blood pressure. This can be found in fruits, vegetables, and beans.
Make sure this is polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. This can be found in nuts, seeds, avocados, vegetable oils, and fish.
Do you find meal preparations for seniors overwhelming? Have the professionals do it for you through home care. We at CareMinders Home Care can take care of the needs of your senior loved ones through our dedicated team of professionals.
We provide non medical home care in Arizona such as companion care services, personal care, and short-term assistance.
We also provide respite care.