The Importance of a Healthy Diet and Exercise for Elders

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At our elderly care center, we know it’s important for individuals at any age to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise, but it’s especially important for those who are elderly. As we get older, our bodies begin to wear down and lose their resilience, which means we need to take extra care of them. Encourage your elderly loved one to eat right and exercise regularly to help them maintain their health.

Daily Meals

You can help your elderly loved one take care of their body by making sure they eat three complete meals every day. While the necessary amount of calories we intake decreases as we age, the necessary amount of nutrients we intake stays the same. This means that your loved one’s meals should be rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Breakfast: Each day, your loved one should eat a healthy breakfast, since breakfast is essential for providing energy for the rest of the day. Some good foods to eat are eggs, whole grains, cheese, and fruits. We also recommend calcium like milk to help promote bone strength.

Lunch: For lunch, offer your loved one a meal with as many vegetables as possible. Vegetables are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, all of which are good for your body. Try leafy greens like spinach or kale, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beans, or any other vegetable your loved one prefers.

Dinner: Many elderly individuals can’t digest a large meal before bed, so one idea for dinner is fish (including tuna), which is light, but still rich in protein and omega fats. You can also prepare a variety of soups like chicken noodle, beef stew, chowders, and more.

Snacks: If your loved one likes to snack, make sure they snack on healthy foods like nuts, cheese, fruit, hand-boiled eggs, raw veggies, popcorn, or granola bars. If they have health issues that require a strict diet, help them stay on track with what they snack on and how much they snack.

Exercise

Exercise is the key to keeping your heart healthy and your body in good condition. When you’re younger, you can endure sessions of intense cardio or weight training, however, elderly individuals’ bodies can’t undergo extreme exercise. This is no reason to avoid it, though! Encourage your loved one to take a daily walk or swim for cardio, lift three- or five-pound weights for strength, and stretch regularly to maintain flexibility. You can even work out with them for extra motivation.

Our Care at New Generations

At New Generations, our elderly care programs are designed to help your loved one maintain a healthy lifestyle. We offer nutritional lunches and snacks as well as regular mild exercise to help our members stay happy and strong. Talk to us today about our adult day care and learn more about what we have to offer you and your loved one.

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