Healthy Nutrition as We Age

Aging Well With Healthy Nutrition

Happy New Year! If there’s anything to be learned with the passing of another year, it’s that you can’t stop Father Time or the aging that goes along with him. But you can make smart nutritional choices that will help you feel good and stay healthy well into your golden years.

The good news is you don’t have to learn what constitutes proper nutrition in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond all by yourself. The certified dietary managers at Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center have years of experience and expertise creating tailored nutritional plans to ensure each individual is getting the proper nutrition and exact rehabilitation they need to support their unique healthcare needs.

How can nutrition help me stay healthy as I age?

Aging and nutrient deficiencies go hand in hand, but there are ways to counteract or even reverse some of the natural decline that comes with aging. Older adults need fewer calories—but their nutrient needs remain just as high or higher. Therefore, it’s extremely important to eat nutrient-rich, whole foods every day. Here are a few easy changes you can make to help prevent nutritional deficiencies and other age-related issues:

  • Drink more water
    Say yes to water—even if you don’t feel thirsty. Your sense of thirst lessens with age but your body still needs plenty to avoid constipation and dehydration. You can also eat foods with high water content, like strawberries, watermelon and cucumbers to help you stay hydrated.
  • Ask your doctor about supplements
    Get an edge over osteoporosis, heart disease, and even cancer with the right supplements. Check with your doctor to find out which ones could benefit your health and well being. Many older adults are deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium.
  • Add more nutrient-rich foods to your plate
    Fill your plate with dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats to support your body’s changing needs and to help aid in proper digestion.
  • Eat more fiber
    Eating foods rich in fiber will help promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
  • Add more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet
    Add foods like salmon, tuna, trout, flaxseed and walnuts to your diet to support healthy brain function.

The senior rehabilitation services at Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the proper nutrients you need to live a long and healthy life. We’re ready to help you move better, get stronger and improve your quality of life.