Discover Healthy Eating for Our Elderly

by | May 23, 2022

When our elderly reach a certain age, it’s absolutely vital that they start eating as consciously healthy as possible for improved overall wellbeing and health. Eating a diet that is well-balanced is vital for maintaining our weight, getting the nutrients our bodies need and staying as energised as possible as we move into old age. Here we want to take a look at how healthy eating can positively impact the lives of the elderly.

Habits and needs that change with age

While we need far fewer calories as we age to maintain a healthier weight, you may notice that many elderly people experience appetite loss in varying degrees of severity. Getting enough nutrients and calories in we as we age is vital to maintaining bones, organs, and muscles.

Even more problematic is the increased prevalence of chronic health issues as we age, such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and diabetes. A doctor will very likely recommend changes to a diet (such as those outlined below) in order to combat these problems.

Eating nutrient-rich foods

As elderly people age, caloric needs will likely decrease, while the nutrients needs of an individual will either increase or stay the same. Eating particularly nutrient-rich foods will allow those who are elderly to get all the protein, vitamins, minerals, fats, and carbohydrates that they need.

Nutrient-dense foods that you can be using to get the most from your calories:

  • Lentils and beans
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Lean protein

Eating enough fibre

Fibre is absolutely essential for a healthily operating digestive system. To avoid problems such as constipation and other digestive issues, include foods that are rich in fibre in every meal. Soluble fibre is especially vital for the maintenance of healthy cholesterol function. Good sources of fibre can include:

  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Lentils and beans
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Oat bran and oats
  • Whole grains

Choosing healthier convenience food

Many elderly people rely on convenience food as helpful additions to their diet, but ideally, we would want this food to be as healthy as possible. Foods that can be nutritious and easier to prepare than others include:

  • Low-sodium or frozen canned veg
  • Low-sugar or frozen unsweetened fruit or lower-sugar canned fruit
  • Precooked grill rotisserie chicken or turkey
  • Low-sodium stews or canned soup
  • Bagged coleslaw or salad
  • Oatmeal

Supplements

Supplements are a great way to be getting additional vitamins or minerals into your diet that you would otherwise be lacking. For example, magnesium, vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D levels can all be optimised through the consumption of supplements.

Hydration

As we age, we may not be able to identify when we’re thirsty as easily as we could before. Making sure our elderly are drinking enough fluids on a daily basis is just as important. Aiming for eight eight-ounce glasses every day is ideal. Getting your water from soup, tea, juice, or veg and fruit that are rich in water are also a great way to stay hydrated.

Sydenham House is a residential care home in a delightful setting in the village of Blakeney, offering accommodation for up to 19 people. We help our residents to lead active lives in friendly, comfortable surroundings, involving them in the local community whenever we can.  If you’d like to know more about how we can help the elderly continue to live fulfilled and comfortable lives, then take a look at our website www.sydenham-house.co.uk. Or, if you we can be of further assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01594 517 015 – we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for your loved one.