Nutrition can be a major concern for seniors and those who love them. Seniors who weigh about the right amount often find that they have fewer problems with blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. There are many tips that older adults may want to think about incorporating into their daily lifestyle.
Many seniors find it easier to grab junk food than to eat a well-balanced diet. Older adults need to fill 50 percent of their plate with fruits and vegetables, 25 percent with a starch or grain and 25 percent with a lean protein. Seniors should consider their body mass index to find out if they need to gain or lose weight. Those who use a wheelchair often find that they need to reduce their caloric intake because they are burning fewer calories each day. Research suggests that those who have pressure sores need to increase their protein intake slightly daily.
Seniors may discover that they find it more difficult to swallow because of dysphagia. Therefore, they should consider using thickened liquids along with eating pureed or minced foods. Almost any food can be modified in this way allowing the senior to still their favorites. If a senior finds that they tire easily, then they may want to switch to eating five or six small meals throughout the day. Eating foods that are different colors makes meals more interesting and helps to ensure that the senior is getting the vitamins and minerals that they need.
Many seniors can benefit from supplemental nutrition. If someone finds it difficult to consume enough calories, then supplemental shakes may help. Older adults who find it difficult to get enough protein or vegetables in their diet may want to experiment with smoothies, milkshakes, infused waters and other choices. These often pack a powerful nutritional punch while helping ensure that the older adult gets enough water so that they do not become dehydrated.