Healthy Nutrition as We Age

The Connection Between Aging Well and Food

Want to know how you can avoid chronic fatigue, poor digestion, poor metabolic function, unplanned weight loss and illness in your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond? The answer is easy; eat healthy, well-balanced meals every day. As we age, we become more susceptible to common ailments like these, so it’s important to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Not feeling as hungry as you used to? That’s okay. Older adults don’t need as many calories as younger people. But it’s important to understand we need just as many nutrients to stay healthy, strong and active.

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.
  • Protein
    Maintains muscle mass, strength and other physiological functions.
  • Fiber
    Helps aid proper digestion and prevent age-related diseases and illnesses like high cholesterol, diabetes and colorectal cancer.

Aging well with proper nutrition

The dietary department at Longwood Health and Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to meeting your needs with a careful, personalized approach so you can enjoy the highest level of independence and health. You can get started with these easy and healthy lifestyle changes:

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

Eating well helps you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to thrive. It also helps lower your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Call 407-339-9200 to find out how our safe, effective senior rehabilitation services can help you live independently and age gracefully.