Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Senior

Elder Care in Venice FL

A well-balanced diet is important for people of all ages, but especially for older adults. Since their dietary needs change as they age, their diet also needs to change to fulfill these new needs. Their diet should include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein in order to keep the body and all of its parts running smoothly.

If your loved one lives alone, they may not have the motivation to eat a healthy diet. An elder care provider can be hired to assist with this by offering companionship and assistance with the meal preparations and grocery shopping.

By following these tips, the elder will be on their way to a healthier lifestyle.

Eat a Healthy Diet

The first step in living a healthier life is through our diet. While each senior will need different nutrients, their diets should all include the following ones.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These fatty acids are packed with healthy fats, which can help reduce inflammation, reducing the risk of arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Canola oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, walnuts, and several types of fish are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Water. When most seniors are thirsty, they do not even realize it until they become dehydrated. For this reason, you should encourage the elder to sip water throughout the day, even if they say they are not thirsty.
  • Calcium. Since osteoporosis is a major problem among the older population, they would definitely benefit from a healthy dose of calcium each day. Calcium will not only strengthen the bones, but will also reduce high blood pressure.
  • Avoid salt intake. Foods that are high in salt or sodium are at a high risk for a number of health conditions, including heart disease. The elder should try to eat more foods that are low in sodium. If they want to add more flavors to their meals, fresh herbs can do the same thing for them.

Making the Changes

The following tips will help your loved one make the changes needed to live a healthy life.

  • Start small. Instead of making a ton of dieting changes at once, try to gradually incorporate them into their diet. For example, consider having oatmeal a couple times a week for breakfast instead of eggs and bacon.
  • Show them how it is done. It may be easier to say it than actually do it. So, to encourage the elder to make these changes, you should do it with them. Eat the same healthy foods and exercise just as much in order to provide a great example for the elder.
  • Make smoothies. Smoothies are a simple way to get plenty of fruits and vegetables in each

If you or an aging loved-one care considering hiring elder care in Venice, FL, talk to the friendly staff at Help at Home Healthcare.

Sarasota, Florida
(941) 388-3117

Bradenton, Florida
(941) 795-7000

Naples, FL 34102

Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN

Administrator at Help at Home Homecare
Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN has over 30 years of experience in health care administration, with 26 years dedicated to clinical and financial oversight of various home health organizations, including Medicare, hospice and private operations. After beginning her home health career with private home health care in Sarasota, Joyce served as Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site, multi-state, Medicare and Private home health organization in regions of the US. She then became Vice President of Clinical Operations of one of the country’s largest hospice operations located in the Tampa area. Prior to leading Help At Home’s private initiative, Joyce initiated multi-site start-up home care operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and licensure, with a strong focus on customer service. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer with concentration on quality improvement of a large Florida based Medicare multi-site organization.

Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. There, she a assumed a faculty and administrative role and later received Hospice Administrator Certification. Her educational background, years of broad-based home care leadership with emphasis on continual improvement and customer service qualifies her to lead Help At Home Homecare in becoming an exceptional provider of private home care services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Joyce lives in Sarasota with her husband, has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.