The right foods can improve your health, make you stronger and even improve your memory! Although many seniors know the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, they don’t always know which specific foods to focus on. To help guide seniors in the right direction, we created a list of some of the top grocery store items that seniors should stock in their pantry to promote positive health and wellness.
- Enjoy the Leafy Greens
Turnip greens, spinach, kale and broccoli are all great sources of fiber, and they’re also known for protecting cognitive function. If your or an aging loved one are concerned about losing your memory, these vegetables should be at the top of your grocery list! Has your aging parent or grandparent been diagnosed with a memory condition? Click here to learn about how a home caregiver can help prepare nutritious meals and provide specialty dementia care.
- Go Fishing
Tuna, mackerel, sardines and halibut are all rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These are brain booster, and they help lower blood pressure. Many studies also report that Omega-3 fatty acids are effective at battling depression and rheumatoid arthritis. However, if you’re opposed to fish, you can pick up Omega-3 supplements to reap the benefits.
- Pick Some Berries
Fruits and berries give you the antioxidants you need to stay healthy. Blueberries are the best choice, followed by blackberries, strawberries, plums, raspberries, red grapes, oranges and cherries. Antioxidants are believed to slow the aging process, boost immune systems and can even help fight cancer.
- Caffeine Alert
Doctors may suggest cutting back on caffeine if you’re feeling restless, but seniors should include at least a small amount in their diet. Caffeine found in chocolate and coffee can be used to help treat Alzheimer’s, and it’s good for helping to slow the progression of age-related memory problems.
When stocking the pantry for a senior citizen, it’s important to focus on fresh foods to promote good health. The above mentioned foods are readily available, are particularly beneficial to senior adults and should be part of a daily diet! Have other questions about senior health and wellness? Visit our website at www.homecareassistancenaples.com or contact a Care Manager at 239-449-4701 and learn how our in-home health services could benefit you or an aging loved one.