A healthy diet is important for all ages, but is especially important for those in their golden years. Eating the right foods can help reduce the risk for advanced conditions, boost energy and mood, and promote longevity for years to come. However, one of the best benefits of eating a well balanced and nutrient rich diet is to enhance heart health. With the risk of cardiovascular conditions increasing with age, eating for heart health is of the utmost importance for seniors and older adults.
As a leading Grand Rapids at-home care provider, we recognize the need for a healthy senior diet and include well balanced meals as one of the key components in our revolutionary Balanced Care Method™. Here are some of the foods that Home Care Assistance caregivers incorporate into their client’s meal plans for heart health:
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – An abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables provide variety for the senior palate, and ensure that seniors get enough heart healthy nutrients like vitamin C, beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, and potassium. Along with packing a nutrient boost, fruits and vegetables contain virtually no fat and plenty of fiber to promote heart health and can help aid digestion.
- Lean Meats & Fish – As people age, it is common to begin to eliminate heavy proteins from their diet. Lean cuts of beef and poultry are healthy for the heart and are packed with protein to help keep seniors fuller for longer. Fish such as salmon and tuna are filled with omega-3 fatty acids which can also help lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They may also protect against heart attacks and blood clots.
- Protein Rich Foods – Wonderful sources of protein include beans, legumes, eggs, nut butters, and low-fat or non-fat milk, yogurts, and cheeses. When added to a diet plan, these protein-rich foods can boost heart protection thanks to their abundance of isoflavones, B-complex vitamins, niacin, folate, calcium, and magnesium.
- Dark Chocolate – Studies are showing that consuming dark chocolate every once in awhile is actually good for heart health. This treat includes flavonoids which can protect cells from oxygen damage and can also protect blood vessels from rupture or leakage.
If you or an aging parent or loved one need help creating and following a heart healthy meal plan, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids. Our experienced and compassionate caregivers can help with a variety of activities from meal preparation and personal care to transportation and medication reminders. Caregivers are also highly trained in how to provide care for seniors with Parkinson’s in Grand Rapids and can also offer assistance, support and memory care to seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For a free consultation, call 616-243-0835 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.