04 Feb Nutrition for Seniors
There’s certainly never a bad time to pay attention to your personal nutrition, but it’s even more important in old age. However, many people find it difficult to eat well as they get older. The effects of aging often make it harder to prepare fresh, nutrient-rich meals at home. As a result, many seniors rely on fast food or ready-made meals with little nutritional value. This means that finding a senior living community that cares about providing the right nutrition for seniors is incredibly important.
Importance of Nutrition for Seniors
The catch twenty-two for seniorswhen it comes to nutrition is that the kind of food,they need to eat more often becomes harder to get. Ideally, seniors should be eating more home-cooked meals with less fat and fewer preservatives. However, getting out of the house to shop and cooking at home both become harder with age. This means seniors often have to turn to unhealthy foods for their meals.
While seniors generally don’t need to consume as many calories as younger adults, they often need a higher percentage of their nutrients to be protein. It’s also more important than ever to avoid empty calories, like sugar, saturated fats, and preservatives.
Seniors should try to eat lean proteins like seafood, lean meats, and nuts along with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Some seniors can lose their intuitive sense of thirst as they get older as well, so it’s important for seniors to be attentive with their hydration.
Benefits of Good Nutrition for Seniors
When older adults maintain a healthy diet, they are less prone to weight gain, heart problems, and illnesses. Conversely, not eating enough will lead to undesired weight loss along with a general lack of energy. While aging makes it harder to eat well, having proper nutrition will go a long way in living longer and having a higher quality of life as a senior.
Eating socially is also important for seniors as well. Isolation becomes more common with age and enjoying meals with friends is a great way to maintain good mental health and a sense of community.
Meals at Liberty Ridge Senior Living
Here at Liberty Ridge Senior Living, we understand just how vital nutrition for seniors is, which is why we take care to provide both a healthy meals and a structured rhythm for our residents.
Rather than having to choose between unhealthy quick food or struggling with clunky pots and pans to get a decent meal, our residents have access to carefully prepared meals every day. There are three mealtimes each day and residents have several meal options to choose from for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each meal is also served restaurant-style to ensure the highest levels of convenience and comfort.
Here at Liberty Ridge Senior Living, we go to great lengths to provide high-quality nutrition for seniors by offering fresh, healthy meals for our residents. We are located in Lexington, KY and proudly serve all of Fayette County. Contact us today to learn more!