Healthy Nutrition as We Age

Taking care of your body’s physical, social and nutritional needs are three of the most important things you can do to maintain good health.

How do physical needs change with age?

Regular exercise is key to physical and mental well-being. Not only will it help you stay fit enough to maintain your independence, but it may also help you prevent (or provide relief from) chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, depression and arthritis. All adults, regardless of age, should get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity each week.

How do social needs change with age?

Humans are naturally social beings, but poor health and mobility can make it more difficult and less appealing to attend social events. Twenty-eight percent of older adults live alone, which can lead to loneliness, depression and cognitive decline. That’s why it’s so important to make your social life a priority as you age. Not only will you be happier, but sharing time with other people can also boost your immune system, reduce physical pain, and lower blood pressure.

How do nutritional needs change with age?

The quality of your diet affects your physical condition, cognitive condition, bone health, eye health, vascular function and immune system. Here are a few easy nutritional changes you can make to stay active, social and healthy:

  • Water
    Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and constipation.
  • Nutrient-rich foods
    Eat mostly dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats to get the nutrients your body needs.
  • Fiber
    Eat fiber at every meal to promote proper digestion and protect yourself from many age-related illnesses.
  • Supplements
    Talk to your doctor to find out how you can aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss with supplements.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
    Keep your brain healthy with foods rich in omega-3s like salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts.

Get back in step with yourself at The Rehabilitation Center of Winter Park. Our senior rehabilitation services are designed for your total well-being. Our certified dietary managers are skilled in developing specialized therapies and nutritional plans to help you regain the mobility and strength you need to live a long, happy and healthy life.