Healthy Nutrition as We Age

If you watch television, listen to the radio or scroll through any social media websites, then you’ve probably heard about so-called miracle treatments, serums or tools that can restore your youth. The truth is, taking care of your body’s physical, social and nutritional needs are three of the most important things you can do to maintain good health.

How do physical needs change with age?

All adults, regardless of age, should get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity each week. Regular physical activity helps maintain independence and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones. When combined with a healthy diet, physical activity may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes.

How do social needs change with age?

 Humans are naturally social beings, but poor health and mobility can make it more difficult and less appealing to attend social events. Make your social life a priority as you age, as it can actually boost your immune system, reduce physical pain and lower blood pressure.

How do nutritional needs change with age?

Maintaining a nutrient-rich diet is critically important for older adults because of the impact food has on your overall health. The quality of your diet affects your physical condition, cognitive condition, bone health, eye health, vascular function and immune system. Here are a few easy nutritional changes you can make to stay active, social and healthy:

  • Water
    Drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
  • Supplements
    Talk to your doctor to find out how you can aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss with supplements.
  • Nutrient-rich foods
    Dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats should account for most, if not all, of the food you consume.
  • Fiber
    Fiber helps promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently and protects you from many age-related illnesses.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
    Salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts can help keep your brain healthy.

At Silvercrest Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services are designed for your total well-being. Our certified dietary managers develop specialized therapies and nutritional plans to help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to live a long, happy and healthy life.