As seniors age, it’s common for health to decline due to an improper diet. To increase senior lifespan and prevent the heart from becoming susceptible to various diseases, Naples Home Care Assistance recommends that seniors consume natural foods that offer various nutrients and vitamins. Doing so can your aging parent or loved one thrive as they age, without suffering from a number of common, often age-related heart and cardiovascular conditions.
- Beans – Beans are an affordable food item to purchase and are proven to lower cholesterol levels. They prevent the cholesterol from becoming absorbed in the gut while producing chemicals that protect the heart from strokes or heart attacks that can occur with age.
- Salmon – Experts recommend consuming an average of two servings of fish each week for an increase in omega-3s. These healthy fatty acids will work to lower blood pressure and prevent blood clotting because more triglycerides are present in the blood. Salmon has the highest amount of omega-3 fats, making it an ideal food option that can also lower coronary heart disease by 30 percent.
- Avocado – Avocado allows the body to absorb carotenoids, beta-carotene, and lycopene due to the monounsaturated fat that it contains in each serving. Those who incorporate the fruit into their diet will lower their LDL levels and increase the amount of HDL cholesterol that is present in the body to gradually improve heart health.
- Spinach – This leafy green is considered a superfood and will reduce the risk of heart disease by 25 percent with just two and a half servings consumed each day, according to health experts. Spinach contains fiber, potassium, lutein, and folate for a natural source of antioxidants that are essential to combating cardiovascular disease, cancer, and heart disease in seniors.
The above are just some of our favorite heart healthy foods for seniors and older adults, and all are easy to incorporate into a senior loved one’s diet. If you prepare meals for your loved one and need a helping hand with care responsibilities, or if you are concerned about an aging loved one’s ability to prepare meals independently, consider help from a professional caregiver in Naples. Caregivers can provide part-time home care in Naples, assisting on an as-needed basis with grocery shopping, meal preparation and other daily activities, or on a live-in care schedule.
To learn more about senior nutrition or in-home care assistance for an aging loved one, call 239-449-4701 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.