Specific food products can benefit those in elderly care homes and help them maintain their health and memory if they're consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle. Eating a certain type of food won't help you cure a disease or prevent dementia, but a healthy diet packed with nutritious foods does have its benefits. Specific products can benefit those in elderly care homes and help them maintain their health and memory if they're consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle. Not sure which foods should be on your or your loved one's grocery list? Here are the top 10 foods that senior citizens should be eating.
1. Apples Apples are wonderful fruits for those who are struggling to maintain their blood sugar levels or who have high cholesterol. The soluble fibre they contain can help lower cholesterol and slow the uptake of glucose. Apples also provide potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C.
2. Shellfish Shellfish like crab, oysters and scallops contain vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and potassium, all of which are beneficial for brain function.
3. Leafy green vegetables Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and turnip greens, as well as vegetables like broccoli, have been linked to lower levels of cognitive decline as people age, according to a study published in the Annals of Neurology.
4. Cold-water fish Salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, sardines and other cold-water fish have high omega-3 fatty acid levels, making them good for the heart and brain. If seafood isn't your cup of tea, beans, nuts, flaxseeds and healthy oils can be good substitutes.
5. Eggs Eggs are easy to incorporate into a meal and full of protein. They also contain choline, which is a B vitamin that benefits memory and encourages stress management.
6. Asparagus Asparagus is full of nutrients that benefit seniors. Lycopene, for example, can protect against prostate cancer. Vitamin A boosts the immune system and eye health, while fibre aids in cholesterol reduction and contributes to heart health.
7. Berries and dark-skinned fruits Berries and dark-skinned fruits have plenty of antioxidants, which help fight damaging free radicals in the body. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries are all good options.
8. Dark chocolate Good news: Your chocolate habit might actually be good for you! Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, and may help prevent heart attacks, lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke. Just be sure to eat it in moderation.
9. Coffee If you drink coffee, you're in luck. Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, heart and respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes and infections.
10. Greek yoghurt Greek yoghurt is full of protein and digestion-friendly probiotics, and it's low in sugar. It's also got plenty of calcium for bone health.
At Sunrise Senior Living, our residential care facilities provide residents with a variety of nutritious foods based on their individual needs. For more information, please select Contact us at the top of this page.