Eat Healthy, Live Longer

Nutrition is just as important for seniors as it is for children and young adults. However, nutritional requirements change as people age. If you are responsible for cooking meals for a senior, it can be helpful to know what they require.

The Food Pyramid


Aging adults need their fruits and vegetables. It is better for them to eat fruit rather than drinking juice for the added fiber. They also need 1,200mg of calcium to prevent osteoporosis and fractures. For people who cannot tolerate dairy, they can get it from tofu, almonds, and broccoli.

Seniors need about 6-7 ounces of grains per day and whole grain is preferred.  They also require .5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. Many people eat less as they get older, but it is important for them to get their nutritional needs.

Other Essentials

To maintain optimal levels of senior fitness, there are other keys to be aware of. They need to drink more water to prevent dehydration because their sense of thirst dulls with age.

There are several ways to improve the quality of one’s health when they are aging and exercise is one of them. Exercise can improve the person’s appetite, so it is important that you encourage them to take walks. This will make it easier for them to get the nutrition they need and eat more.

Vitamin D is essential to help the body absorb calcium. There are a few foods that provide the vitamin, including egg yolk and fortified milk. The main source is sunshine; encourage your senior to get outside for a few minutes.

Aging and fitness and nutrition can go together if people are aware of seniors’ needs. Encourage healthy habits to improve the way they feel and help them enjoy life more.

Cook a Balanced Meal

It may be difficult to shop for the right foods on a regular basis and it is even harder to think of meals to cook! Assisted living communities provide three meals a day that are typically prepared by a chef that is on staff at the community. These meals are usually included in the price of the rent. Independent living communities usually don’t include meals in the rent because most apartments have a kitchenette or full kitchen, but many have a restaurant or cafe where you can enjoy a prepared meal up to three times a day. This is a great way to make sure you or your loved one is eating well and eating when you should.

To find an assisted living community that’s right for you or your loved one, call your local Care Advisor at (866) 662-0435. SeniorLiving.Net is a free family resource for families that are looking for senior care.