Dietary Tips for The Aging Population

By following the nutritional guidelines and dietary tips for senior citizens outlined below, you will be able to maintain better long-term health, enjoy an active life even in older age, and potentially increase your lifespan.

Keep yourself well
Keep yourself well

Drink Plenty of Fluids
Senior citizens who want to stay healthy must make sure they drink enough fluids each day, since those who do not drink plenty of fluids and water often get dehydrated. As a result, those who get dehydrated often start experiencing other symptoms and complications. In fact, not getting enough water or fluids can lead to serious consequences, including but not limited to permanent damage to the heart and kidneys. By taking the time to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, seniors will be on their way to improving their health, increasing their energy levels and avoiding all the symptoms associated with dehydration.

Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
Seniors who want to stay strong and healthy are also advised to avoid eating foods and drinks that contain large amounts of sugar. Those who consume sugary foods and drinks have a higher risk of developing diabetes than seniors who do not. Many aging adults are surprised to learn how much sugar soda and some fruit juices contain. To stay healthy, seniors should stay away from sodas and juices that are loaded with sugar. Seniors want to avoid consuming sugary foods and drinks because consuming too much sugar can lead to diabetes. According to the statistics, diabetes kills one person every seven seconds worldwide. Seniors who have or develop diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness and other ailments.

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
In addition to drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding sugary foods, seniors should make sure they eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Seniors who eat enough servings of fruits and vegetables each day are typically stronger and healthier than seniors who do not. Vegetables and fruits are known to ward off cancer, diseases, reduce high cholesterol and keep blood pressure levels down. To stay healthy, experts recommend eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. However, many experts are now recommending that seniors should eat as many as 13 servings of vegetables and fruits per day.

Stay healthy!
Stay healthy!

Don’t Exclude Protein
Seniors who are interested in staying healthy and strong should also make sure they consume enough protein each day, and to be sure, they should discuss how much protein they should be eating each day with their doctor. Aging adults who do not eat enough protein put themselves at risk for a wide variety of ailments. Many experts also now recommend eliminating red meat, a common source of protein entirely from the diet due to it’s own unique health risk factors, so seniors should be especially wary of those recommendations. Instead of eating red meat, seniors should consider eating fish, chicken, turkey, almonds, eggs and other foods high in protein.

 Make Sure To Consume Enough Calories Each Day

Seniors who are interested in staying healthy and living longer should make certain they consume enough calories each day. The amount of calories an older adult consumes is directly tied to how much energy they have and how well their body works. In addition, not eating enough calories can lead to malnutrition, hospitalization and an inability to ward off and fight infections.

Take a Multivitamin Each Day
To stay healthy, seniors should make sure they take a multivitamin each day. Even though multivitamins cannot replace nutrition contained in food, seniors should supplement their diet with a multivitamin to ensure optimal nutrition consumption on a consistent basis. Even aging adults who eat lots of vegetables and fruits should take a multivitamin each day since taking a multivitamin each day gives the added reassurance of knowing that they are getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong.

If you are a senior, you should consider incorporating the dietary tips outlined above into your daily routine to live a healthier and longer life.

Bio: Mark Carol is a health writer for Assisted Living Today, which is a leading resource for finding health care tips for aging adults, and Idaho Care Homes.


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