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Nutrition Necessities

Nutrition Necessities
While we do slow down as we age, it’s important not to neglect the basics of good nutrition. Getting proper nutrition for elders can pose a challenge as appetites can change, sense of smell can become diminished and medications can affect sense of taste. Use these ideas to help parents live better as they live longer.

Senior Nutrition

  • Nutritional Needs for Seniors

    As people age, their bodies naturally begin to break down and need more nutrients than ever before. Find out what you can do about enhancing nutritional needs in seniors.

  • Want To Lose Weight And Keep your Memory? Eat a Good Breakfast!

    By: Deborah Quilter

    “I feel dizzy,” said my client Hal, an attorney in his 70s. He saw me a couple of times a week for personal training sessions when I worked at a health club.

  • Nutritional Considerations for Seniors and the Elderly

    Nutrition for the elderly is essential and, done properly, can lead to healthy aging. Senior nutrition is not complicated, but as we age we do have some different health and nutritional concerns of which we need to be aware.

  • Diet Smarts When You’re On Coumadin

    The Dr. Gourmet Diet for Coumadin Users by Timothy Harlan, MD, shows you how to enjoy healthy, tasty food and improve your health.

  • How to Prevent Malnutrition in Older Adults

    Malnutrition is a serious health issue in the elderly. Liquid nutritional supplements can help aging parents maintain complete, balanced nutrition for everyday health and wellbeing.
  • Necessary Nutrients & How Seniors Can Get Them

    By: Julie Davis

    While studies will continue to debate whether certain foods or specific vitamins and minerals can prevent cancer and other diseases, one thing is clear: Eating a diet that provides these nutrients is certainly healthier for you than not.      

  • Protecting Your Parent From Malnutrition

    By: Julie Davis

     If you know the less obvious underlying causes of malnutrition, you’ll be in a better position to spot them and intervene.

  • 3 Super Foods for Seniors

    By: Kathy Johnson

    Recent long-term research studies have pointed to a number of essential nutrients that many seniors lack, but that are especially valuable for those who have a risk or history of heart disease, stroke or Alzheimer’s disease. Here are three “super foods” that are loaded with these essential nutrients. So go ahead and eat up!

  • Senior Nutrition 101: What You Need For A Healthy Diet

    By: Chris Iliades

    Diet studies and nutrition research are constantly in the news and many times they assume that we all understand the difference between good fats and bad fats or high glycemic and low glycemic foods. For seniors, whose nutritional needs change with age, and for their caregivers, understanding nutrition is important, and it really does not need to be that hard to eat a healthy diet.

  • Managing Diabetes: Take A Fresh Look At Diet

    Delicious food isn't out of reach when you're managing diabetes. Get a zesty chicken recipe from the new diabetes cookbook from experts Johanna Burkhard & Barbara Allan.

  • No Bones About It

    By: Julie Davis

    Fruits and vegetables are a must for better health and longevity. When making a shopping list, be sure the often-overlooked dried plums (yes, prunes!) are front and center

  • Food For Better Brain Function: It Starts With Fish!

    Studies are preliminary, but food may boost the brain as well as the body. Find a great source of brain food recipes. 

  • On Diet And Aging: Answers You Can Use

    By: Timothy Harlan

    Certainly changing the way you eat is a good way to lose weight but there are other great reasons for it. Recently I was interviewed about the effects of diet on the aging process. When it is all taken together, the research is pretty compelling.

  • 4 Diet Changes That Add Up To Better Health

    By: Julie Davis

    A recent round of studies looking at potential health benefits from four nutrients or food groups—chocolate, olive oil, whole grains and vitamin D—show that making small yet significant changes to your diet can reduce the risks of certain chronic diseases while protecting you from others.

  • Tell Me What To Eat If I Suffer From Heart Disease

    By: Elaine Magee

    There has never been a better time to prevent or reverse heart disease. Discoveries related to reversing heart disease, advances in medication and the surgical options are all much better than even 10 years ago.

  • Less Salt For Longer Life

    By: Chris Iliades

    Want to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and more? Cut the salt. According to a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, excess salt in the American diet contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and heart attacks.

  • Managing Diabetes Over The Holidays

    By: Debby Johnson

    For many, the holiday season invokes memories of family and friends taking a moment away from the hectic world to enjoy each other’s company. Images of cornucopia centerpieces, Christmas trees and the popping of champagne bottles abound every corner. Then there is the food—roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, the list goes on and on.

  • Developing New Tastes: Better Nutrition for Seniors

    By: Mary Beth Hardy

    Good nutrition is important at any age. But for caregivers and adult children, making sure the seniors in their lives eat the foods they need presents special challenges.

    There are physical reasons why seniors don’t always eat as they should. Most people don’t realize that taste buds, like other body parts, change as we get older. As a result, foods that once tasted good may no longer be as appealing, and some old favorites may actually taste bad. Older adults’ salivary glands may not be as active due to prescription medications or oral hygiene. This combined with a slower metabolism may make it difficult to chew or digest certain foods. Sadly, there are some seniors who feel so depressed that they simply don’t want to eat.

  • Beating Back High Blood Pressure With Diet

    Hypertension is not an easy disease to manage, but one approach that may help is the DASH eating plan.

  • The Anti-Alzheimer’s Mediterranean Diet

    By: Julie Davis

    A recent study of nearly 1400 people found that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, for which the most common symptom is a noticeable memory loss, as well as the risk of MCI developing into Alzheimer’s disease.      

  • Eight Tips for Eating Well as We Age

    Eating can be one of the most pleasurable and sociable parts of the day for seniors, or it can be frustrating and unfulfilling. Even the most active people slow down as they age and can develop food allergies and other difficulties with eating. But the bottom line is: along with exercise, healthy eating is vital for all of us, especially as we age.

  • Appetite Stimulation - Sense of Smell is Key

    Have you ever noticed how an aroma can produce a wonderful memory? Our olfactory senses are very powerful in that way. One whiff of fresh baked bread, cookies, or a holiday meal can immediately take you back to being a child. Our sense of smell is so tied into our sense of taste that most people don't even realize how efficiently the two work together. When the elderly lose their sense of taste and smell, they often also experience a lack of appetite. Understanding the human sense of smell is an important step in appetite stimulation in the elderly.