December 3, 2015

Healthful eating, supported as needed by family and professional caregivers, offers seniors numerous benefits, according to the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Here are 13 reasons why you should help the seniors you love and care for get the nutrition they need:

  1. Greater energy and improved feeling of well-being by providing the body the calories needed to get through the day, appropriate to activity level
  2. Greater longevity
  3. Strengthened immune system and protection against illness
  4. Reduced mood swings and depression
  5. Better mental focus
  6. Reduced risk of high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
  7. Lessened risk of diabetes
  8. Strengthened bones through prevention of bone loss
  9. Decreased risk of some forms of cancer
  10. Improved cardiovascular health
  11. Greater control of weight by concentrating on nutrient-rich foods that are more filling than “empty calorie” foods that lack essential vitamins and minerals
  12. Younger, healthier looking skin
  13. Improved digestion and regularity, through consumption of whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables and drinking more water
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