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The Benefits of a Healthy Diet: Eating and Aging Well

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A nutritious diet is extremely important for your overall aging and health.  A healthy, balanced diet is a key component to promoting a longer, healthier lifestyle as you age.  A colorful diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains gives your body the essential vitamins, minerals and protein it needs to fight off diseases and help you age gracefully while extending and enhancing your overall health. At Milwaukee Home Care Assistance, we encourage a healthy diet for all of our clients and believe seniors who eat well enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Reduced risk for health issues – Seniors who eat healthy, balanced meals decrease the risk for a variety of health issues including osteoporosis, colon cancer and heart disease. Milwaukee senior care specialists have also reported that a healthy diet can help slow mental decline and prevent the early onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  2. Enhanced mood – Balanced meals packed with vitamins and nutrients give seniors more energy. Seniors who eat a healthy diet also tend to be happier and more mentally alert. This helps seniors stay active, productive, and engaged with the world around them while also helping them keep their independence as they age.
  3. Higher quality of life – Good nutrition keeps the muscles, bones, organs and other body parts strong. This strength helps to ward off both illness and injury. When seniors eat well and are able to maintain their muscle strength and balance, they minimize their risk for falls and other injuries at home.  Additionally, a senior’s ability to maintain muscle strength through stretching and exercises can help treat depression and fight Alzheimer’s disease and achieve stronger memory.

If you or an elderly parent or loved one are unable to prepare nutritious meals as a result of frailty or immobility, consider a home caregiver. Caregivers are highly trained and experienced individuals who help seniors with daily activities that may have become difficult or unsafe to perform.  Encouraging a healthy diet is just one of the many ways our highly qualified caregivers encourage overall health and well-being.

Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home health care in Milwaukee. For as little as four hours a day, seniors receive expert assistance with activities of daily living including cooking, light housekeeping, personal care, transportation and more from a caring, well-matched caregiver who truly wants to see you or your loved one live a purposeful, longer and healthier lifestyle.  To learn more about our customized senior home care plans, contact a Care Manager today.