The need to make some dietary adjustments can come as a surprise to some older adults, only becoming evident through unexpected digestive issues or when a nutritional deficiency is pointed out by a doctor. In order to provide a better idea of what’s good and what’s not-so-good when it comes to dietary selections, Milwaukee Home Care Assistance shares some of the worst diets, not just for seniors, but for older adults (roughly anyone 50 and over) in general:
Diets Lacking Fruits and Vegetables
Metabolism naturally slows with age, meaning that diets should include essential vitamins like B12, B6 and vitamin D to compensate for the slower rate at which foods are broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. A healthy senior diet should include plenty of leafy greens and colorful fruits or dietary supplements to make up for deficiencies that can’t be corrected through diet alone.
Diets Lacking Nutritional Value
Another common dietary mistake seniors tend to make is not getting enough fluids that are needed to help with the digestive process. In addition to lacking nutritional value, diets high in sugar, sodium and trans fats can also increase the risk of developing conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Fad diets aren’t healthy at any age. However, for older adults, fad diets can pose serious health risks. Such diets tend to result in severe nutritional losses that may affect everything from muscle strength to vision.
The worst diet any senior can have is one that involves skipping meals. Not only does this lead to unhealthy binges when hunger builds up, but it can also rob the body of essential nutrients, often resulting in a lack of energy and increased susceptibility to illnesses.
If you are concerned about the health of an aging parent or loved one, learn more about home care from Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee. All of our caregivers are trained in our revolutionary Balanced Care Method, which focuses on the importance of healthy eating, daily exercise, social ties and calmness and purpose. With a compassionate home care assistance caregiver by your loved one’s side, he or she can enjoy the benefits of maintaining a proper diet with age, ranging from boosted energy levels to lowered cholesterol and blood pressure.
To request more information about Milwaukee live-in care and hourly care, call 414-964-8000 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.