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Essential Nutrition for Ageing Adults

Essential nutrition is crucial for people of all ages, especially ageing adults. Prescription medications and pre-existing medical conditions can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and unless these deficiencies are corrected, your senior loved one may be at risk for developing additional health issues. Essential nutrition for ageing adults includes the following vitamins and minerals.

Potassium

Getting the recommended daily allowance for potassium is essential to your loved one’s health. Certain medications used in the treatment of hypertension can rob the body of potassium, and if a potassium deficiency becomes severe, heart disease such as cardiac arrhythmia may develop. To ensure your loved one gets enough potassium, he or she should eat potassium-rich foods such as bananas, oranges, spinach, and nuts. While increased potassium intake promotes a healthy cardiovascular system, certain medications such as beta blockers can raise serum potassium levels. If your loved one takes beta blockers, talk to the doctor before suggesting any dietary changes.

Eating nutritious meals is not the only way older adults can boost their health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. North Coast, NSW, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Calcium

While it’s important for senior men to consume enough calcium, it’s even more crucial for ageing women. Prior to menopause, women produce enough oestrogen to keep their bones strong and healthy. After menopause, oestrogen production decreases sharply, and the bones may become brittle and thin. To make up for the lack of bone-healthy oestrogen, women need to eat calcium-rich foods such as dairy products and green leafy vegetables. If calcium cannot be consumed through diet, ask the physician if your parent can take an over-the-counter combination calcium and vitamin D supplement.

Many seniors need help preparing nutrient-dense meals. If your ageing loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. North Coast seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite care workers.

Vitamin C

Having a weak immune system predisposes seniors to viral and bacterial infections and raises the risk for chronic illness. Vitamin C is thought to boost immune function.  Encouraging your loved one to eat more foods high in vitamin C such as citrus fruit ensures he or she is getting the recommended daily allowance for ascorbic acid. If digestive issues such as acid reflux or heartburn prevent your parent from enjoying citrus fruits or juices, consider vitamin C supplements.

Iron

Your ageing loved one may not be getting enough iron through his or her diet. Iron deficiency leads to anaemia, which can cause weakness, fatigue, dizziness, hair loss, and abnormal bleeding. In addition, anaemia can also cause shortness of breath, palpitations, and pallor. If your loved one develops any of these symptoms, make an appointment with the physician. The doctor can order a complete blood count, which will reveal the presence or absence of anaemia. If your parent does have anaemia, iron-rich foods such as lean meats or supplemental iron may be recommended by the doctor.

When it comes to boosting their health, older adults may need more than just nutritious foods. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while ageing in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of North Coast elder care. Our care workers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. To hire a professionally trained care worker for your ageing parent, give us a call at (02) 6646 3527 today.