As the body changes with age, proper nutrition becomes essential for your loved ones to maintain a good state of health. While keeping up with bodily adjustments, elderly adults should pay attention to proper nutrition to maintain cognitive and physical health. Besides leading an active lifestyle, proper nutrition is a must if they want to enjoy their golden years.
Here are the reasons why proper nutrition is important for the elderly:
Better Cognitive Function
Proper nutrition is necessary as it promotes better cognitive function for your loved ones. The elderly experience physical changes to their brain that come with age. This may adversely affect the cognitive function of your loved ones as they experience deterioration in their mental faculties. Without proper nutrition, your loved ones may be susceptible to cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and so on. Some foods that help to promote overall cognitive function include fatty fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and foods that provide vitamin B such as leafy greens, eggs, milk, beef, and so on.
Overall Mood Improvement
Another benefit of proper nutrition is that it promotes overall mood improvement. Research has shown that a diet full of sugar and carbohydrates without other nutritious foods can dampen the moods of your loved ones. This is also because these foods often lead to an overall decline in health, which ultimately affects the mood of your loved ones. Hence, proper nutrition can help ensure that your loved ones stay happy and enjoy their golden years with dignity.
Better Physical Health
Many physical, bodily changes accompany age. One of the issues will be lower bone density. This means that your loved ones will need foods with high calcium and vitamin D to help reduce and mitigate bone density loss. Bone density loss can be detrimental as it leads to higher incidences of bone fractures and falls. It can also lead to other physical conditions, such as osteoporosis, dental issues, and so on. This can be avoided with proper nutrition by incorporating foods such as milk, cheese, beans, and nuts.
Other physical health benefits that come with proper nutrition include healthy skin, strong muscle, and so on. This is possible with proper nutrition by incorporating foods rich in vitamin B12, such as fish, organ meats, and so on.
Let Spring Mill Care for Your Loved Ones
At Spring Mill By Discovery Senior Living, we provide healthy, exquisite cuisines for your loved ones. With our dedicated and professional chefs ensuring the nutrition of your loved ones, you can be assured they can attain proper nourishment from their meals. We are proud to be among a small and elite group of US memory care providers—our SHINE® Memory Care program has earned a National Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association, ensuring your loved ones receive the best memory care possible.
We have a wide range of amenities to ensure your loved ones engage in physical exercises so that they can enjoy the best active lifestyle in their golden years. We aim to help your loved ones discover independence, confidence, and self-esteem. Contact us to find out more!