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Proper Nutrition for Senior Living

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At every age, we have specific nutritional needs. Newborn babies require calcium to build their bones and teeth. Teenagers eat a healthy balance of fats, carbs, and proteins to maintenance energy and growth. Middle-aged men and women begin to supplement nutrients – like Omega-3’s and Vitamin D – to help maintain heart health and the loss of bone density.

Senior NutritionAs we enter our senior years, it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet. For those searching for affordable and independent senior living communities in Pittsburgh, it essential to find one that caters to you or your loved one’s individual needs. It’s also important to focus on the basics. You can do so by exercising regularly and eating and supplementing things are bodies need to stay healthy.

This week, Paramount Senior Living – an independent senior living community – compiled our favorite list of nutrient-rich foods and supplements so you can live a long, happy, and healthy life.

  • Water – Essential for Life. Not only is water the essence of life, but seniors also tend to take more medication and supplements as they age. Some of these medications can contribute to dry-mouth or dehydration, so it’s important to drink a lot of water every day. We recommend 5-8 glasses of water per day.
  • Fiber – We like to move it, move it! As we age, our digestive systems sometimes slow down. Eating a fiber-rich diet can give our digestive tract a much-needed kick! Combat constipation and keep things moving on-pace by eating high fiber foods like fruits, beans, greens, and whole grains.
  • Magnesium and the Immune System. Magnesium is a mineral that aids in your immune system, heart health, and bone density. Magnesium dense foods include fresh fruits and veggies, so be sure to include these in all your daily meals.
  • A Banana a Day. Potassium-rich foods, like bananas, help reduce high blood pressure common in seniors. It also aids in cell function and healthy bones.
  • Milk Does a Body Good. Milk is just as crucial to a senior as it is a child. Calcium is a nutrient in milk, and it builds strong bones. As we age, our bone strength declines. Incorporate three servings of low-fat milk or other dairy products into your daily diet. Hello, smoothies!
  • Vitamin D – Supplement the Sun. When we were younger, our skin absorbed a lot of Vitamin D from the sun. Unfortunately, as we age, our skin loses some of its ability to absorb enough Vitamin D. And while Vitamin D can be found in many foods, Vitamin D supplements are essential for seniors. Vitamin D helps combat osteoporosis, maintain bone density, and protects against other chronic diseases.
  • Healthy Unsaturated Fats. Rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s are common among aging Americans. Omega-3 unsaturated fats are commonly found in fish and have been linked to possibly reducing these effects of these debilitating diseases. Make sure to incorporate sources of Omega-3 sources into your daily diet.

Paramount Senior Living knows every senior has their own needs – needs that include a well-balanced diet. At Paramount Senior Living, we provide the utmost care for you or your aging loved ones. Are you searching for affordable senior living near you? Call us at 724-969-1034 a speak to our caring staff and schedule a tour today!