13 July 2010

Elderly Nutrition - Helping Your Senior Eat Right

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hi I'm Mary Alexander from Home Instead

Senior Care and today I'm going to provide some tips for making sure your senior loved ones are getting proper nutrition now I'm going to discuss what you can do to help your senior eat right by making trips to the grocery store more organized and productive here are 10 tips to help you get started 1 make a list sit down with your parents and make a list of what they want to eat for the week pre-planning can cut down on time and money too don't shop hungry shoppers are always tempted to buy more when they're hungry so eat before hitting the aisles 3 review store ads clip coupons and organize them at home 4 invite a friend the resulting companionship makes the task of grocery shopping easier and more fun 5 sign up for a grocer's bonus or discount card seniors can reap additional savings and take advantage of grocery store specials 6 try store brands store brands that may be cheaper and just as good are often placed higher or lower on the grocery store shelves so remind your parents to look up and down for better bargains 7 think variety encourage your parents to try new foods or ethnic alternatives 8 have them shop the perimeter of the

store that's where most of the fresh healthier foods are located 9 stock up on sale items by choosing only as much as your senior can use in a timely manner and 10 remind your parents to use their food budget wisely for the price of a large bag of chips and a box of cookies they can buy a good supply of apples bananas carrots potatoes peppers and other healthier foods okay so let's talk about the grocery list in a bit more detail in general there are 12 staples your seniors shouldn't live without they may seem like common foods for any healthy diet but these foods hold special nutritional value for seniors and can be used in a variety of recipes one oatmeal a great source of fiber oatmeal has been shown to help lower bad cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke two eggs with only 75 calories per serving eggs contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin D important to absorbing calcium needed for bone strength 3 yogurt rich and calcium yogurt can contribute to the calcium requirements needed to prevent osteoporosis good bacteria is added to

some yogurt which may help people with digestive problems that often accompany aging for blueberries these blue beauties are among the top fruits and vegetables for antioxidants research on aging and Alzheimer's disease reveal that blueberries may also improve memory and coordination 5 apples the benefits of apples are numerous in particular the pectin and apples lowers the body's need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes 6 fish blue fish mackerel salmon sardines trout and tuna are all a low-fat high-protein source of nutrients the American Heart Association recommends fatty fish twice a week to improve heart health seven chicken poultry is an excellent source of protein that contains less fat than most meats chicken also has niacin and selenium which possess cancer-fighting properties eight broccoli a good source of multiple nutrients including vitamin K C e B calcium and iron broccoli has been found to protect against cancer heart disease stroke and macular degeneration 9 soy nutritionists recommend consuming up to one serving a day of soy at the replacement for foods high in saturated fats some studies have

shown that soy improves bone health be sure to consult your doctor before adding soy to a seniors diet 10 sweet potatoes and squash sweet potatoes provide beta carotene and vitamin C and E all of which promote healthy skin hair and eyesight squash is a good source of beta carotene and vitamin C 11 rice as a complex carbohydrate rice digests slowly allowing the body to utilize energy released over a longer period of time which is nutritionally efficient and 12 for dessert dark chocolate consumed in moderation this high-calorie high-fat food may contribute to health benefits such as boosting HDL cholesterol known as good cholesterol and lowering blood pressure in the next video we'll talk about how to use these foods to make cooking and eating more enjoyable you