Essential Disease-Fighting Foods for Seniors

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At Home Care Assistance of Caledon, senior wellness is our top priority. That’s why we encourage seniors, their families, and in-home caregivers to learn about how diet can help prevent common health-related risks among seniors, like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cataracts, cancer, and dementia. With the right approach to preparation, the following foods can be tasty, disease-fighting additions to your senior loved one’s diet.

Beans

Low in fat and high in protein, beans make a healthy substitute for red meat in senior diets. Opt for fresh beans when possible to get the maximum health benefits from this versatile legume. Black beans, in particular, can help control blood pressure and boost heart health.

Garlic and Onions

Seniors with diabetes can naturally lower blood sugar with the addition of onions and garlic to many of their favorite recipes. Most of the nutrients in onions are in the skin, so consider letting the onion–skin and all–bathe in stews and soups. Garlic cloves need to be crushed about half an hour before heating or cooking for maximum health benefits.

Walnuts

The plant sterols in walnuts can help naturally lower the “bad” kind of cholesterol (LDL), thereby reducing the risk of heart disease in seniors. Walnuts are also a reliable source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Fish

Speaking of omega-3s, salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna are some of the most beneficial fish in terms of disease-fighting capabilities. The omega-3s in these fish can help control abnormal heartbeats, reduce plaque buildup in arteries, decrease triglyceride levels, and lower blood pressure.

Celery

Celery is one of those rare veggies that doesn’t lose its nutritional value if it’s eaten raw or cooked. Naturally high levels of vitamin C and phenolic acids can play a role in preventing some forms of cancer and warding off seasonal colds.

Dark Leafy Greens

Research suggests that some of the nutrients in dark leafy green veggies like kale, spinach, and collards may reduce ischemic brain damage from a stroke, while phytochemicals in arugula may help boost memory. Additionally, dark leafy greens are high in vitamin K and lutein, which can help protect against cardiovascular disease, kidney calcification, and cataracts.

To learn more about promoting the health and wellness of your senior loved one, give Home Care Assistance a call at 905-951-8885. Through our holistic Balanced Care Method, we help seniors maintain optimal wellbeing physically, mentally, and emotionally. BCM is included in all of our care services, including hourly and live-in care in Caledon, at no additional cost to clients. Reach out today. We’re here to help.