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Healthy Eating Over 60: Changing Dietary Needs

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At Home Care Assistance of Omaha, we believe a healthy, well balanced diet is beneficial at any age. However, while we should all strive to make smart food choices, some dietary needs can change as an individual ages. When this happens, making modifications is key to remaining healthy and enjoying a long lifespan.

As we age, it becomes increasingly important to maintain adequate stores of Vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D regulates calcium absorption, which is particularly important when bone health is a concern. Although Vitamin D is easily absorbed by the body through sunlight, it is sometimes difficult for elderly individuals to spend enough time outdoors. Changing one’s diet to increase the consumption of oily fish, breakfast cereals, eggs and fortified dairy products can help ensure that levels of Vitamin D are appropriate with age. Not sure where to begin when it comes to nutritious meal preparation? Click here to learn more about professional caregivers in Omaha who can help with everything from grocery shopping to help with cooking at home.

Individuals over 60 often face high blood pressure and other cardiac concerns. Reducing salt in the diet and increasing the consumption of potassium rich foods can help. However, individuals who are on blood thinning medications must closely monitor their consumption of potassium rich foods as too much potassium can counteract the positive effects of these medications. Any individuals taking blood thinners should check with their doctor and discuss necessary dietary restrictions if they have not already.

Another concern that is prevalent over the age of 60 is diabetes. Diabetics must keep their sugar levels under control. This can be accomplished by avoiding processed foods, particularly those high in sugar or simple carbohydrates. Choosing whole grain breads, fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, legumes and low-fat proteins such as fish can have a positive impact on efforts to control blood glucose levels and remain healthy.

If you’re looking to make changes to your diet during your golden years, keep in mind that balance and moderation are always important when it comes to senior health. And when in doubt, check with your physician for recommendations! For more senior nutrition tips or information about hourly care in Omaha, contact Home Care Assistance today at 402-763-9140 and speak to a Care Manager.

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