Essential Nutrients for Aging Adults

Dallas Memory Care Home

Well-balanced nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many seniors are malnourished, particularly if they still live at home yet require intensive Alzheimer’s care. Seniors without continuous care may forget to eat regular meals or lack the organizational skills necessary to prepare a meal. When seniors receive Alzheimer’s care within an assisted living location, memory caregivers will ensure that they eat a nutritious diet that includes the following nutrients.

Calcium
Seniors are often at a higher risk of osteoporosis, particularly if they do not get enough calcium in their diets. This can lead to an increased risk of debilitating fractures. There are many dietary sources of calcium, including dairy products such as low-fat yogurt, milk, and cheese. Kale, broccoli, and calcium-fortified juice are other good options. Some seniors may also benefit from taking calcium supplements.

Vitamin D
Another nutrient that is critical for maintaining bone health is vitamin D. This vitamin helps the body absorb calcium, which strengthens bones and reduces the risk of a fracture. Additionally, seniors who have insufficient levels of vitamin D may have an increased risk of falls. It is common to have a vitamin D deficiency, since there are few dietary sources of it. However, seniors can eat eggs, salmon, and tuna to boost their intake of this vitamin, along with foods that have been fortified with vitamin D. These include some juices, dairy products, and cereals.

Fiber
Fiber is another important, yet often overlooked nutrient. Vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains are all good sources of dietary fiber. Fiber supports healthy digestion, lowers cholesterol levels, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

The memory caregivers of Avalon Memory Care invite family members to join their loved ones for a nutritious, home-cooked meal in our home. In our assisted living homes, our residents also enjoy luxurious accommodations, private visitation areas, recreational opportunities, and much more. If you wish to discuss a nursing care plan for dementia in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Carrollton, call us at (469) 802-3179.