Nutrition in the golden years

 

 

As loved ones begin to age, keeping track of their changing nutritional needs and requirements becomes more and more important. This involves work both for their families and the staff of their retirement communities. 

Here at The Manse, we have an Executive Chef who creates meals that satisfy the senses and provide complete nutrition for our residents.

 

The Importance of Good Nutrition

A well-balanced, carefully planned diet is the key to a healthy mind and body. Proper nutrition means ensuring every resident gets the appropriate amount of all the vital vitamins and minerals daily, which can help stave off some effects of aging such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

It is easy for some seniors to become undernourished if they do not eat enough healthy foods, particularly if their appetite is influenced by external factors such as medications. Seniors who suffer from dementia in some way are also at an increased risk of malnutrition, as they may forget to eat or when they last ate. This can include developing deficiencies in vitamin B and vitamin D. 

Proper nutrition also means limiting empty or useless calories from things such as sugar. An overabundance of sweets can make it difficult for a senior to maintain a healthy weight, particularly as their activity levels naturally decrease over time. Maintaining a healthy weight and robust activity level can help prevent diabetes and heart disease.

 

Dehydration

For seniors, a concern is that they get enough water every day. Their fluid intake needs to be monitored to ensure they do not become dehydrated or constipated, which become more serious issues as you age.

We know that you have many options for assisted living facilities. One important factor to consider when selecting a place for a loved one to live is how they deal with their specific nutritional needs. At the Manse, we take the time to develop and individualized nutritional plan with each our residents and their families. That is what makes The Manse the best assisted living Arroyo Grande has to offer.

To learn more about our vibrant, nutritionally balanced meal plans, call The Manse today at 805) 541-4222.