Elder Care: There are so many “shoulds” for your senior as she grows older, and her doctor may have already made some recommendations about changes she needs to make to her diet.
It’s important to understand why some of these changes really are necessary. These are just some of the changes your elderly family member or their elder care provider needs to consider making in order to eat a healthier diet.
Protein at Every Meal for Muscles
Muscle loss is so common for aging adults, and worse, it’s difficult to realize when it’s happening. Adding protein to every single meal and snack can help your senior to have enough protein in her body to help it maintain muscle tone. That can be as simple as pairing fruit and cheese or peanut butter and celery sticks for a snack.
Stabilize Blood Sugar with Fiber
Fiber is the unsung hero for so many health issues, including stabilizing blood sugar levels. Fiber, particularly insoluble fiber, is in a lot of different fruits and vegetables and it helps to regulate insulin levels, which also helps to control blood sugar spikes. Even adding a few more fiber-rich foods every day can help. Pears, apples, berries, oatmeal, and other foods high in fiber are great additions to make to your senior’s diet.
Eat the Rainbow for Heart Health
Lots of times people think about eating healthier and they can only think about how boring food is about to get. But that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, in the case of vegetables and fruits, which your senior should eat more of anyway, eating “the rainbow” is an incredibly good idea. This ensures that she’s exposed to a variety of minerals and vitamins that her body needs.
Reduce Inflammation with Lower Sugar Intake
Added sugar is never good, and it’s in so many packaged foods these days. Lowering your senior’s intake of added sugar can be a great way to help her to reduce inflammation throughout her body. Look for ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and avoid them. Choose foods that have lower sugar levels whenever possible.
Keeping up with dietary changes is never easy, but it can be even more difficult for your senior to do. Elder care providers can be a huge help in making these changes. Your elderly family member can work with home care providers to have a menu ready to go so that she’s able to eat healthy meals without expending a lot of effort herself. She can let the elder care providers tackle the difficult part, and enjoy the health benefits of eating tasty and nutritious foods daily.