Diet plays an important role in seniors’ well-being. As you age, your body may require more nutrients, and medical conditions may require special dietary needs. Because your immune system weakens, you’ll also want to reinforce it through diet. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated. There are many ways you can do it at a senior living community, and the tips below are a great place to start.
Senior Living Tips for Eating Healthy
1. Get Plenty of Fiber
Constipation and other digestive issues can be troublesome, and they are usually due to not eating enough fiber. For healthy digestion, make sure to eat plenty of fiber-rich foods every day. Beans, fruits, oats, and whole grains are all loaded with fiber. You can also use a fiber supplement, but you’ll need to speak with senior living professionals and your primary care physician first.
2. Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods
Over time, you won’t need as many calories and may lose your appetite, meaning you’ll eat less. Your body requires essential nutrients every day, and not getting them can lead to malnutrition. Rather than focusing on quantity, focus on the quality of your foods. Opt for nutrient-rich options like vegetables, nuts and seeds, and lean protein. These are loaded with vitamins and minerals and will ensure you get everything you need.
3. Avoid Processed Foods
Diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure are just a few of the serious health conditions that can arise from not eating well. As you recalibrate your diet, make sure to eliminate processed foods and those high in sodium and unhealthy amounts of sugar. These offer very few health benefits and are mostly bad for you. Look for low-sodium options and easy-to-prepare bagged vegetables and pre-cooked meats.
Country Villa Assisted Living serves delicious, nutritious meals at each of their three locations in Wisconsin. As one of the premier senior living communities in Omro, Freedom, and Pulaski, they’re proud to offer an amenity-rich environment that offers 24/7 assistance to residents. They also offer more extensive memory care services and maintain a beautiful 12-acre park for residents, which you can explore on their website. To schedule a tour, call (920) 422-4620, and connect on Facebook for news and updates.