As children, we likely didn’t pay a lot of attention to what our parents ate, unless they happened to be eating a treat that we wanted. But as our parents age, it’s not unusual for us to start noticing things, such as their nutritional intake, especially if we’re acting as their caregivers.
As adults age, calorie requirements change due to increased body fat, decreased muscle mass and less activity. Because of this, meeting nutrient needs becomes more of a challenge for seniors. Regency Home Care understands that the key to this problem is to choose foods that are high in nutrients in relation to the calories they contain. For example, low-fat milk is more nutrient-dense than regular milk because its nutrient content is the same, but it has fewer calories and less fat. The following are a few examples of foods that can help seniors cut calories while keeping a nutrient-rich diet.
Protein needs typically do not change for older adults; however, some proteins, like turkey, chicken, and fish, are healthier than red meats. Other foods with protein include:
Fat should be something that older adults reduce in their diets; however, there are some “good” fats that can be part of a healthy diet, including:
- Olive oil
- Sunflower oil
Calcium is a very important nutrient that helps minimize bone loss in older adults. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all good sources of calcium, as are:
- White beans
A healthy, nutrient-rich diet is vital for older adults. Caregivers from Regency Home Care, an Atlanta, GA home care company, understand the challenges involved in meal planning and preparation of healthy meals for seniors like your parents. They are specially trained to provide this type of personal care, which can help set your mind at ease. In addition to planning and preparing meals, our caregivers can help monitor nutritional intake, so changes in appetite can be quickly spotted.
For more information about our meal preparation services and senior care options, contact us today. Our free initial assessment will help you determine the level of service you need, with each plan of care individually designed, updated and supervised by a registered nurse.