Lifestyle Choices for the Elderly: The Mediterranean Diet

Posted on August 13th, 2009

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BY:  Evelyn Fiumara
 Community Liaison  Elder Connections       

   
Healthy nutrition for the elderly is essential for both good physical and mental health. A gerontologist advised that seniors who eat well increase their odds of overcoming illness and living a longer life. A smart heart-healthy choice for better senior care is the Mediterranean diet.

 

Research has shown that following a Mediterranean diet is protective against a variety of conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. Just recently, the Mediterranean diet option has also been linked to a lower risk for Alzheimer’s  Disease.

 

Here are some diet tips for better senior care:

 

Ø      Cook with a splash of olive oil

 

Ø      Use herbs and spices, instead of salt to flavor food

 

Ø      Incorporate legumes (dried beans and peas) into your meals

 

Ø      Cook fish at least one night a week instead of meat

 

Ø      Try a small amount of walnuts or almonds as a snack

 

Ø      Eat fruits and vegetables

 

Ø      Exercise

 

And, eating with family and friends is always a plus!

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