Well-balanced nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately,
many seniors are malnourished, particularly if they still live at home
yet require intensive
Alzheimer’s care. Seniors without continuous care may forget to eat regular meals or lack
the organizational skills necessary to prepare a meal. When seniors receive
Alzheimer’s care within an assisted living location, memory caregivers
will ensure that they eat a nutritious diet that includes the following
Seniors are often at a higher risk of osteoporosis, particularly if they
do not get enough calcium in their diets. This can lead to an increased
risk of debilitating fractures. There are many dietary sources of calcium,
including dairy products such as low-fat yogurt, milk, and cheese. Kale,
broccoli, and calcium-fortified juice are other good options. Some seniors
may also benefit from taking calcium supplements.
Another nutrient that is critical for maintaining bone health is vitamin
D. This vitamin helps the body absorb calcium, which strengthens bones
and reduces the risk of a fracture. Additionally, seniors who have insufficient
levels of vitamin D may have an increased risk of falls. It is common
to have a vitamin D deficiency, since there are few dietary sources of
it. However, seniors can eat eggs, salmon, and tuna to boost their intake
of this vitamin, along with foods that have been fortified with vitamin
D. These include some juices, dairy products, and cereals.
Fiber is another important, yet often overlooked nutrient. Vegetables,
fruits, beans, and whole grains are all
good sources of dietary fiber. Fiber supports healthy digestion, lowers cholesterol levels, stabilizes
blood sugar levels, and helps maintain a healthy weight.
The memory caregivers of
Avalon Memory Care invite family members to join their loved ones for a nutritious, home-cooked
meal in our home. In our assisted living homes, our residents also enjoy
luxurious accommodations, private visitation areas, recreational opportunities,
and much more. If you wish to discuss a nursing care plan for dementia
in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Carrollton, call us at (469) 802-3179.