When it comes to proper home health care, proper nutrition is in arguably one of the most important aspects. In order to ensure a perfectly optimal level of senior care, the following things should be consistently included and all elders’ diets (with consideration of unique allergies and dietary tolerances).
Protein is one of the foundational building blocks of proper health in all people, elderly or otherwise. As a person gets older, the cognitive effects of an adequate amount of protein in the diet has a notably more significant effect. Everything from depression to anxiety can be mitigated, or at least made less severe, by ensuring that an elderly person is always eating enough protein to meet their daily recommended dietary intake. Adults who do not have diabetes or kidney disease are generally recommended to have about 1 to 1.5 grams of protein for every 2 pounds of weight
The proper intake of grain on a daily basis can go a long way in order to ensure that a person is kept regular. Grain can be wonderfully fibrous and has been proven to be an effective countermeasure against compulsive overeating. At the same time, there needs to be care taken in order to ensure that the grains come from healthy sources; certain grain sources are objectively healthier than others. As a rule of thumb, whole grains should always be prioritized over white flour grain.
Contrary to popular belief, not all fat is actually unhealthy. Fat is very dense in calories, which means just the right amount can be very useful for keeping an elderly person feeling satisfied throughout the day. Trans fats should always be provided in lesser amounts than monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
As people age, the need to make sure that risks of osteoporosis and bone fractures becomes more pronounced. Calcium can be a powerful ally in the maintenance of proper bone health, and usually, about 1200 mg a day is an optimal amount.
Dark green vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, are heavily rich in all kinds of highly-beneficial antioxidants. Squash and carrots can be just as helpful as dark in leafy greens in a multitude of ways. About 2 or 3 cups is a good benchmark for daily vegetable intake, though generally speaking, vegetables can’t be overeaten.
Just like vegetables, fruits are recommended to be eaten in an amount of about 2 to 3 cups a day. Blueberries, strawberries, apples, and bananas can be some of the strongest sources of essential vitamins; just be sure to monitor the sugar content.