While a healthy eating style is important during every stage of life, it is important to understand how nutritional needs change as men and women grow older. Maintaining proper senior nutrition can help them stay physically actively and cognitively sharp while slowing many of the components of aging. Proper protein and healthy fat intake are connected to maintaining lean muscle mass and preventing brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Increased Need for Protein
High quality protein paired with maintaining physical activity plays a vital role in maintaining lean muscle and bone health. This can help counteract or even reverse commonly occurring age related muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia. The digestive systems of older adults become less effective at absorbing many nutrients, including protein, which means that seniors will typically have a greater daily requirement.
Increased Need for Water
The body’s thirst mechanism also degrades with age. Many seniors will experience decreased thirst sensation, though their body’s needs for water remain the same, increasing the likelihood of dehydration. This means seniors will need to be more proactive about their water intake.
A high-quality diet can significantly improve the quality of life for seniors. Contact Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center today at 920-739-0111.