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HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES - SENIORS
ALICE MERRITT: Now I'm going to talk to you about healthy eating for seniors. As we age, our ability to absorb nutrients decreases. Our appetite, activity level and metabolism also decreases as we age.
still very important to make sure we get balanced nutrition in a variety of foods. One of the main nutrients we need increasing amounts of as we age, especially for post-menopausal women is calcium. Our calcium needs increase to about 1200 to 1500 milligrams a day. And also, our need for Vitamin D also increases because our skin gets less likely to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight. Healthy food choices for seniors are things like oatmeal, high fiber cereals, low fat or fat free dairy products. You want to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. And you also want to choose those leaner meat sources, like chicken, turkey and fish, to help reduce your saturated fat intake.
So healthy nutrition for seniors, important things to remember is you want to make sure even if you have a decreased appetite, that you still continue to eat smaller meals and snacks every 3 to 4 hours a day. You also want to make sure you can include a healthy calcium source, like yogurt or milk, in order to increase your calcium and Vitamin D intake. Also, you want to make sure you drink plenty of water. Our thirst mechanism also decreases as we age. And so, you may not feel thirsty, but you could still be dehydrated. It's also a great idea to take a multivitamin because this ensures you get the minimum amounts of your daily nutrients. All of these things are healthy tips to follow for healthy aging.