Everyone’s dietary needs can depend on a number of factors, such as weight, calcium or potassium deficiencies, and diabetes. Age is also an important component. Senior citizens can certainly eat the same things as people younger than them, but they also have some distinct nutritional needs that must be considered in order for them to lead a healthy life.
You may have noticed that seniors do not have the same get up and go as younger people. One aspect of this means the need for fewer calories. Thus, people in their golden years need to be careful when indulging in foods that are on the higher side in terms of empty calories. Also, choose lower calorie alternatives where available (e.g. skim milk).
You have probably heard endlessly that it is important to drink a certain amount of water daily for your body’s systems to function properly; that does not change when you get older. If you don’t like to drink boring old water multiple times a day, make sure you get your fluids in other healthy ways (e.g. green tea), not through sugar-laced drinks. Fresh fruits and vegetables can also help here and have other benefits.
Vary Your Diet
It is just as important at this age to eat a diverse diet. Make sure you have appropriate amounts of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a minimum of processed food (which often has levels of salt and sugar that are unhealthy at any age).
There is nothing worse than persistent constipation and this can be a common concern for seniors as it is a typical side effect from medication. You can help to ensure regular bowel movements by eating a good amount of fibre each day. Experiment to find the level that is right; you want to be going regularly, but not regularly running for the bathroom.