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What Foods Can Seniors Eat After a Stroke?

Certain foods may reduce the risk for a second stroke in elderly stroke survivors. Also, depending on the extent of neurological damage, your elderly loved one may be unable to eat certain foods because of swallowing difficulties. Here are some good food choices senior stroke survivors can eat that are nutritionally dense and easy to swallow.

Beans

Beans are high in fiber and a lean protein, and they’re also good sources of iron. Strokes may lead to weakness, so stroke survivors need to consume foods that enhance energy and stamina. Also, because neurological deficits may cause constipation, your loved one may have difficulty during bowel movements. The fiber in beans enhances peristaltic activity in the colon, making it easier for stool to pass through the lower gastrointestinal system. If your loved one is able to drink thin liquids, offer plenty of water if he or she consumes beans on a regular basis. Not drinking enough water with a high-fiber diet can worsen constipation and cause abdominal pain.

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Spinach

Spinach is easy to chew and swallow and is a good source of potassium. High blood pressure is one of the most significant risk factors for stroke and heart attack, but consuming a potassium-rich diet may lower this risk. Spinach also has a diuretic effect, which keeps blood pressure under control and may also reduce ankle edema, which is common in stroke survivors.

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Citrus Fruits

Oranges and grapefruit are high in vitamin C, which makes them great food choices for senior stroke survivors. It’s thought that citrus fruits and other foods high in vitamin C may play a role in stroke prevention. Also, many stroke survivors take prescription anticoagulants or a daily aspirin to prevent a second event. While effective at reducing the risk for a second stroke, blood clots, and heart attacks, anticoagulants and aspirin may raise the risk for dangerous gastrointestinal bleeding. Vitamin C may reduce this risk and even lower the risk for an intracranial hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain.

Avocados

Avocados contain magnesium, which keeps hypertension under control while regulating the heart rate. A heart arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rate, may raise the risk for a stroke or heart attack. Cardiologists sometimes prescribe medications known as beta blockers for people at risk. Magnesium is often referred to as “nature’s beta blocker” because of its calming effect on the heart. Although magnesium-rich foods are healthy choices for stroke survivors, talk to the doctor before allowing your loved one to consume high amounts. Foods high in magnesium may interact with medications used to manage hypertension and certain blood platelet disorders.

Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caring duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted elderly home care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (02) 6646 3527 to learn more about our customised care plans.