There’s no doubt that as we age, our taste buds begin to change. What we often don’t consider, however, is how our dietary needs also start to alter at the same time as well.
The evolution of our bodies during our lifetime causes differences in the way that we process food. This has a knock-on effect on our dietary needs, which is why it’s so important that seniors in home care in Madison WI know what types of foods they should, and shouldn’t, be eating on a regular basis.
Ernie Agne and Martin Timm, the owners of the in-home care provider, Always Best Care, are all too aware of how important a senior’s diet is to their overall health. Their care teams are responsible for providing seniors in Madison with the nutritional meals that help them to live a more active lifestyle. We’ve teamed up with Agne and Timm to provide you with a quick rundown of everything you need to know about food for the elderly, below:
Things to Consider
Metabolism – By the time a person reaches the age of 25, their metabolism starts to slow down, which changes how many calories they need to be eating to maintain a healthy weight.
Digestive System – The body’s digestive system is unable to produce the required amount of fluids to break down and absorb nutrients like folic acid and vitamins B in older age.
Appetite Changes – Even things that may seem innocuous, such as a changing of medication, can alter the way that your mouth perceives the flavor of food.
Mental Wellbeing – Social isolation can often lead to two extremes when it comes to food: malnutrition or overeating.
What Should They Eat?
Eating nutrient-rich foods will increase a senior’s energy levels and help them to stave off a long list of health conditions linked to obesity.
Some top tips are:
- Either a person’s plate should be half-full of vegetables, or half full of fruit.
- Try to serve whole grains (oatmeal or brown rice) as part of a meal at least once a day
- Reduce the amount of sodium (salt) in a person’s diet
- Try to remember that certain fats found in foods, such as nuts, avocados, and fish, are healthy.
- Make sure that a person drinks plenty of milk for bone strength