How Older Adults Can Get the Nutrients They Need

January 13th, 2012

As adults age, calorie requirements change due to increased body fat, decreased muscle and lower activity levels. Because of this, meeting nutrient needs becomes more of a challenge for seniors. The key to this problem is to choose foods that are high in nutrients in relation to the calories they contain. The following are a few examples of foods that can help seniors cut calories while keeping a nutrient-rich diet.

Protein needs typically do not change for older adults; however, some proteins, like turkey, chicken, and fish, are healthier choices than red meats. Other protein-rich foods include:

  • Eggs
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Nuts

Calcium is a very important nutrient that helps minimize bone loss in older adults. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all good sources of calcium, as are:

  • Figs
  • Tofu
  • Kale
  • White beans
  • Cabbage

Low levels of vitamin B12 have been associated with memory loss and dementia and have been linked to age-related hearing loss in older adults. For a diet rich in B12, try the following foods:

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.)

A healthy, nutrient-rich diet is vital for older adults. Visiting Angels, servicing the San Francisco Bay area, understands the challenges of preparing healthy meals as aging creates issues with shopping and meal preparation. Contact us in Alameda County at (510) 284-0000 or in Santa Clara County at (408) 735-0977 for assistance.