Healthy Nutrition as We Age

Natural changes in metabolism and appetite can make it difficult to get the right amount—and kind—of nutrition as we age. Physiological changes like increased blood pressure and decreased blood flow can also lead to reduced calorie needs and decreased food intake. All of these factors can result in unplanned weight loss and reduced energy.

That’s why it’s so important to ensure you’re getting the right kind and amount of vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need to stay healthy.

At Singing River Health and Rehabilitation Center, eating well is a way of life. Our dietary department helps ensure you’re getting the proper nutrition and rehabilitation you need to support your unique and ever-changing healthcare needs.

Getting older and staying healthy with proper nutrition

Eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of staying healthy, especially as you age. Aging is linked to a variety of changes including nutrient deficiencies and decreased quality of life. Proper nutrition can help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients you need to thrive. It can also help lower your risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Here are a few easy nutritional changes you can make to help prevent deficiencies and other age-related changes:

  • Drink (and eat) more water
    Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, to avoid dehydration.
  • Consider supplements
    Supplements can help you get your daily dose of B12, vitamin D and calcium. These three powerhouses help digestion and prevent bone loss.
  • Choose more nutrient-rich foods
    Choose nutrient-dense foods like dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats.
  • Eat more fiber
    Eating foods rich in fiber will help promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently.
  • Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids
    Try adding trout, flaxseed and walnuts to your diet to help keep your brain healthy.

The Singing River Health and Rehabilitation Center senior rehabilitation services offer ongoing nutritional guidance to help older adults eat a well-balanced diet and stay as healthy as possible. Our certified dietary managers work with patients to help maintain a healthy weight, stay energized and get the nutrients they need to live a long and healthy life.