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Dietary Changes That Can Improve Your Senior Loved One's Health in Littleton, CO

At Visiting Angels, our personal care assistants help seniors in Littleton, CO and surrounding areas eat healthy, nutritious diets. Here are some of the benefits of healthy eating for seniors.

Maintaining a balanced diet is important for people of all ages but is it especially important for those in their senior years. For older adults, good nutrition is crucial for leading a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, according to the National Resource Center on Nutrition & Aging reports, one out of every four seniors deals with malnutrition.

This is why here at Visiting Angels Littleton, we offer meal planning and preparation services. Our skilled caregivers can make sure your parent follows a healthy diet and makes dietary modifications important for their well-being. March is National Nutrition Month, so we’re focusing on helping seniors maintain a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.

Slower metabolism, health conditions, and loss of certain body functions are unfortunately a part of the aging process. However, certain foods can help your loved one deal with these issues and help them achieve a greater quality of life.

Combat Slower Metabolisms with Protein-Rich Diets

Seniors with slower metabolism often turn to dieting, but that is not the answer. In fact, strict diets can only make things worse. On the other hand, opting for a diet rich in protein can help combat a slowing metabolism. Our personal care assistants can prepare protein-rich meals for your loved one by using foods that are great sources of this nutrient such as tuna, chicken breasts, Greek yogurt, milk, turkey breasts, cottage cheese, salmon, eggs, broccoli and Brussel sprouts.

Increase Calcium Intake to Maintain Bone Health

Strong bones are important for seniors since they can prevent falls and fractures. In order to maintain bone strength your loved one should eat meals that include fortified cereals, fruit, dark green leafy vegetables, sardines with bone, part-skim ricotta, milk, low-fat plain yogurt or cottage cheese.

Super Foods That Power the Body

Some foods have a greater positive impact on our health than others. These are called super foods and our personal care assistants can make sure your loved one includes them in their diet. For instance, blueberries are high in dietary fiber and packed with antioxidants so they can prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Another great source of antioxidants are beans, including kidney, pinto, black and red. Greek yogurt and whole grains, legumes and fruit that contain a lot of fiber can help normalize bowel movements and prevent digestive problems. Your loved one should also eat plenty of fatty fish since it is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids.

By making necessary dietary changes in your loved one’s regimen our personal care assistants can improve their health and encourage better eating habits. If you wish to learn more about our home care services, do not hesitate to contact our office in Littleton, CO.

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