New Year – Better Senior Nutrition


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Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthily, but for seniors it is particularly important.

In honor of the new year, Home Instead Senior Care the Southeast Valley has put together a list of tips for better senior nutrition. We hope they will help you and your loved ones enjoy  a happy and healthy 2013!

1. Dine Together: Studies show that seniors eat more nutritiously and enjoy their food more when they have someone to dine with. Consider making mealtime companionship a part of your weekly routine.

2. Monitor Blood Pressure: In addition to affecting heart health, high blood pressure has a direct impact on cognitive abilities as well. By keeping yours in check, you are increasing your chances for a longer and better life.

3. Food and Drug Interactions: Foods like grapefruit and dark, leafy greens can interact badly with common senior medications such as Coumadin. Make sure you’re aware of any dietary restrictions your medications have.

4. Doctor Before Diet: While maintaining a healthy weight is, of course, beneficial to everyone, seniors who wish to drop a few pounds should consult a doctor before embarking on any sort of popular diet.

5. Clean Storage: Keeping the refrigerator and kitchen clean and well organized will help prevent food borne illness. It is particularly important to throw away old or expired food so that a senior does not accidentally eat it.

For more information about senior health and lifestyle issues, please contact Home Instead Senior Care in Mesa or Like us on Facebook. Our website, caregiverstress.com also has some fabulous information about senior nutrition.

 

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