Senior Health: Eat Well. Age Well.

During your senior years, make nutrition a priority for a more healthy lifestyle.
 
 
Kalyani Alladi, PhD, RD/LD, shares nutrition tips for better senior health on our blog today. 
 
People can live a healthy and independent lifestyle upward to 80 and 90 years when they watch what they eat. When you eat well, it reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss and other health issues.
 
As people age, they may face a number of issues as it relates to their diet, including no interest in cooking for just one or two people, eating unhealthy, skipping meals, inability to grocery shop, medications altering the taste of food, or swallowing and chewing issues.
Here are few tips to help get you back on the right track:
  • Substitute fresh fruits with fruit juices, canned fruits or apple sauces. If you have difficulty chewing, try creamed or well-cooked vegetables or vegetable juices.
  • Use ground meat, casseroles, egg yolk, yogurt, soups and puddings for your protein supplement. 
  • Make meal time easy by trying frozen meals or already prepared meals from your local grocery store. Just watch the sodium levels of frozen meals and find meals with under 700mg of sodium.
  • Make meal time a social occasion and join friends for lunch at the local senior citizen center.

Keeping the Right Calories.
As we age, the number of calories we need daily decreases. When you are 60, you no longer need to consume the same number of calories as you did when you were 30, but you do need the same amount or more of  vitamins and minerals.

Increase vitamins and minerals without increasing calories:
  • Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits &/or whole grains, like fortified cereal with fruits for breakfast.
  • Select fruit for dessert or smoothies made with fruit & low fat yogurt.
  • Select soups that are broth or tomato based, with lot of vegetables & beans like minestrone soup.

The McKinney Senior Health Clinic is open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make an appointment today by calling 214-544-2828. Do you need a physician referral? Use our online Find a Physician service or call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-296-6265.

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One Response to Senior Health: Eat Well. Age Well.

  1. Chad says:

    Seniors need extra health attention as this is the period where the immune system begins to slowly deteriorate. Following your simple tips can greatly help elderly maintain healthy lifestyle.

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