A healthy diet for seniors includes a combination of healthy fats, carbohydrates and proteins. According to Santa Rosa home care professionals, adults need about 20-30 percent of their total calorie intake from fat. For seniors, who often have additional dietary concerns, foods with healthy fats can be a welcome and appetizing addition to their diet while also providing equally pleasing health benefits.
The monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil are considered a healthy alternative to what’s found in vegetable oil. Components in olive oil may also slow the aging process and boost the antioxidant power of veggies.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish can help optimize brain functions and fight the inflammation that can make chronic conditions like arthritis painful. Seniors should strive for at least 8-onces of healthy omega-3-containing fish per week, including salmon, trout, and Pacific mackerel.
The thinking on eggs has changed, with researchers now considering fatty meats a more potent source of so-called “bad” cholesterol. By choosing organic eggs, seniors can enjoy extra omega-3 fatty acids and an assortment of essential nutrients.
Cheese is a beneficial high-fat dairy product that includes essential fatty acids that may, according to one study, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. A single slice of cheese also has about the same amount of protein as a glass of milk.
A British study linked regular consumption of nuts with a reduction in diabetes, heart disease, and stroke risk. Santa Rosa caregivers suggest seniors avoid nuts that with added salt and vegetable oil as well as any that have been candied or glazed since all those extras negate the health benefits.
The saturated fats in coconut oil are processed differently, going directly from the liver to the digestive tract to serve as a quick source of energy. The main fat in coconut oil also has noted anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Learn more about elderly wellness by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. We ensure seniors have the help they need to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle in the comfort of home through our hourly and live-in senior care services, including Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Santa Rosa. Call (707) 843.4368 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation today.