Senior citizens have unique dietary needs, because the aging body goes through a number of changes that directly affect digestion, metabolism and the absorption of nutrients. To address the physical changes of your body with proper nutrition, you should follow these simple rules for everyday dining.
Increase fiber consumption
Fiber offers several benefits to your health, and it is best when it comes from whole food sources like fruits and vegetables. Not only will fresh produce fiber sources help prevent constipation and keep you full, but they will also provide a plethora of nutrients and antioxidants to help prevent several chronic diseases.
Go easy on table salt
As you get older, your tastes will change in large part due to the weakening of your senses. Salty and bitter flavors tend to be the hardest to identify as you get older, so you might be tempted to add more salt to your dinner plate. You should steer clear of added salts, though, because a high sodium diet can be harmful to your heart. Instead of salt, seek flavor from herbs and other spices.
Eat watery foods
Dehydration is common among senior citizens, especially during the warmer months of the year. When you age, your body will take longer to trigger and recognize thirst, so you might supplement your water intake through your diet to stay hydrated. Foods with a lot of water include watermelon, broth-based soups, bananas, and summer squash.
With the Senior Health Care & Living services at Alden of Waterford’s Continuing Care Community in Aurora, you can find delicious dining options to keep you healthy, including a five-star restaurant with bistro menu options for optimal portion control. To learn more about and all of the amenities offered on-site, call 630-585-8047.