As individuals age, there are certain areas they need to pay special attention to. Neglecting one’s nutritional needs or just assuming that what worked when one was younger can lead to health problems and exacerbate other medical conditions. However, it’s very easy in today’s senior living communities to make sure senior citizens’ nutritional needs are met. Northfield makes sure through its dining services not only that we fulfill the nutritional needs of our residents, but that we provide a sociable atmosphere that makes meeting these needs pleasurable.
Senior Citizen Nutritional Needs: Vitamins and Minerals
Even active seniors need more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. Three servings of calcium-rich foods and beverages worked into one’s diet can meet this requirement. However, it’s best if these are also low-fat or fat-free, especially in the case of dairy products like milk or cheese. Other sources of calcium include dark green leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, canned fish with soft bones, and fortified plant-based beverages. Good sources of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium, include fatty fish like salmon and eggs. Supplements are always useful, but they can’t be a substitute for real food.
Many seniors have difficulty absorbing enough vitamin B12. In fact, vitamin B12 deficiency affects up to 15% of seniors over 60. This vitamin is important because, without enough of it, individuals can experience fatigue, balance issues, memory loss, anemia, and numbness in the extremities. Some excellent sources of vitamin B12 include lean meat, fish, and seafood.
Potassium is an important mineral for many reasons. Not only does it contribute to strong muscles and healthy blood pressure, but potassium also contributes to positive cognitive function. By limiting the amount of sodium or salt in one’s diet and increasing the amount of potassium, seniors lower their risk of high blood pressure. Some good sources of potassium include fruits, vegetables, and beans.
Other Nutritional Needs
Aside from getting the right about of vitamins and minerals in one’s diet, there are other nutritional needs active seniors in independent living need to make sure they incorporate into their diet. The following are all necessary to ward off illness and maintain good health:
- Fiber: Eat fiber-rich foods to stay regular. Also, it lowers the risk of heart disease and developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Protein: A key component of muscle strength, eating enough protein also lowers the risk of high cholesterol.
- Omega 3 fatty acids: These nutrients are for heart health. But they also help prevent memory loss, reduced immune function, and lower the risk of depression.
All the Northfield Community Has to Offer
Residents will find our dining services make senior citizens’ nutritional needs the top priority. As with everything at Northfield in Brownsburg, IN, our services are exceptional and cater to our residents’ specific needs and requisitions. Aside from restaurant-quality dining, we provide the following services:
- Activities: We plan daily activities and regularly schedule events to make every day unique. There are also several groups organized by residents that new arrivals can participate in or explore.
- Transportation: The ability to go into town when you want is often expected by residents at any top-quality senior community. We make the process easy. Scheduled and available on-demand transportation to all the places necessary for you to stay well-provisioned, plugged-in, and involved in the community.
- Health and wellness: Our modern fitness facility has just the right space and equipment. Residents can make sure their bodies stay loose and healthy. Also, it a great way to socialize and get to know your neighbors.
- Housekeeping: Regular and as-requested help in maintaining residences is a priority at Northfield. We are always ready to help residents prepare their homes for visitors as well as keep on top of the day-to-day needs of living.
Whether you’re an independent senior looking to make the transition into active senior living, or someone looking to help a parent or loved one, you’ll find Northfield to be one of the best options available. Find out what we have to offer by reaching out to us at 844.334.1490.