As you age, your body changes. Your tastes, style and eating habits will all shift drastically as you move from one stage of your life to the next. While you could eat just about anything when you were younger, you may have to modify your diet in your golden years to ensure optimal health. To help make sure you haven’t picked up any inaccurate nutrition knowledge along the way, Home Care Assistance of Phoenix lists the top 3 senior nutrition myths and why they’re simply not true!
1. You can eat whatever you want.
After years of always being told to eat your vegetables, now is the time to eat whatever your heart desires! While this certainly sounds good, it’s an attitude that can lead to serious health problems. Making healthy dietary choices is a key component for your maintaining quality of life and ensuring overall wellbeing. Healthy foods can also promote dental health, deter memory problems and may help you live longer.
2. Supplements will make up the difference.
Ideally, you should get all the vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. This is true at any age, but it becomes more important as you advance in years. Things such as prescription medications can sometimes interfere or react poorly with supplements, posing a risk to your overall health. Always consult with a doctor before adding any additional supplements to your diet and discuss which ones are best for your needs and lifestyle.
3. Pre-packed meals offer the most convenience.
While many seniors love the convenience of pre-packaged and frozen meals, many of these “convenience foods” are loaded with preservatives and have high sodium contents which can be detrimental to a senior’s health. We all know that it can be hard to cook a fresh meal for one, but you can get around this by cooking an entire meal and freezing smaller portions to easily heat up later. You’ll have nutritious home cooked meals and the convenience you crave. Click here if you need assistance with nutritious meal preparation or have trouble moving around the kitchen – an hourly home caregiver could be just what you need!
4. Loss of appetite is normal with age.
Perhaps the most dangerous nutrition myth among the elderly is that loss of appetite is completely normal with age. A change or decline in one’s desire to eat is often associated with an underlying medical problem and seniors should consult with their doctor immediately if they find they are not hungry during the day. If you are unable to stomach a large breakfast, lunch and dinner, try to eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day to ensure you receive the proper amounts of vitamins and nutrients to prevent malnourishment. You’ll also have more energy and may even find yourself in a better mood!
Senior nutrition is an important component to healthy aging. To learn more about senior health and wellness, reach out to a Home Care Assistance Care Manager at 602-388-1085 and ask about our hourly and live-in care for seniors in Phoenix. We can help you develop and implement a diet plan that is catered to your individual needs and preferences.