The Proper Food Intake for Seniors in Our Nursing Care

May 30th, 2019

Proper diet and a healthy life go hand in hand, especially for those over the age of 65. Eating a healthy diet can help to improve mental acuteness, boost your energy levels, and increase your resistance to illness. The key to healthy eating is to focus on whole, minimally processed food that your body needs as you age, i.e. food that is as close to its natural form as possible.

Here are some healthy food choices for the elderly people based on the nutrients needed and the benefits of it :

Nutrient Benefits Example
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Prevents inflammation which can cause cancer, rheumatoid, arthritis, and heart disease
  • Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fish mainly sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon
  • Flaxseed, soybeans, canola oil and walnuts
  • Calcium
  • Maintains healthy bones
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Cereals fortified with calcium
  • Fiber
  • Promote proper digestion
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Nuts, wholegrain cereal, wholegrain bread, pasta, brown rice, brown bread, fruits, and vegetables
  • Iron
  • Produces hemoglobin which carries oxygen in the blood
  • Fruits, beans and lentils, tofu, baked potatoes, cashews, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, red meats and fish
  • Vitamin C
  • Prevents cancer and heart disease
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Vitamin D
  • Aids in the maintenance of bone density; preventing osteoporosis
  • Cereals, milk, yogurt, juices, eggs and certain fish (salmon and tuna)
  • Vitamin B12
  • Maintains nerve function, production of red blood cells, and DNA
  • Dairy products like milk and meat and poultry products
  • Potassium
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Lowers chances of kidney stones
  • Fruit and vegetables like bananas, prunes, and potatoes
  • Magnesium
  • Keeps your heart healthy, your immune system and bones strong
  • Whole grains, nuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables
  • Older people are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. Moreover, attempts to provide them with adequate nutrition encounter many practical problems. Their caregivers must be observant to their loved one’s eating habits to make sure they aren’t at risk of health threats that come with poor nutrition. We, the My Aged Care team, have taken all this into consideration to provide a healthy living and balanced diet for our elderly people. We provide them with 5 nutritious home-cooked meals per day including healthy snacks and our professional team of caregivers ensure our loved ones have their meals at the proper time.

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