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Senior Nutrition | Eating Well as You Age

What is nutrition? Why is it important?

According to MedlinePlus, good nutrition is essential for maintaining health across all stages of life, from infancy to old age. It can contribute to longevity and reduce the risk of various health issues such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Healthy eating involves regularly choosing nutritious foods and beverages that provide the body with essential energy and nutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

A balanced eating plan should consider personal preferences, cultural backgrounds, and budget constraints. It does not require strict adherence to a particular diet or complete avoidance of favorite foods but emphasizes moderation and incorporating a variety of foods, including less healthy options, alongside healthier choices and regular physical activity.

How can I eat healthy as I age?

While specific health conditions may require unique changes to your diet, there are a few general rules of thumb that most people can follow to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Eat the Rainbow! It doesn’t have to be complicated; focus on simple, whole, minimally processed foods. Incorporate a variety of different fruits and vegetables into your grocery list. Break away from your usual banana, apple, orange routine and reach for fresh berries or melons. Rotate different leafy greens and colorful vegetables every few weeks. Eating a variety of foods from each food group can help reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases. 

Stay Hydrated. Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration. As you age, your body’s natural thirst signal diminishes. Drink small amounts of fluids consistently throughout the day. Tired of just water? Reach for tea, 100% juice, or other low sodium and sugar beverage options.

Be Mindful of your Nutrient Needs. Whole grains, lean sources of protein, and low-fat dairy are just as necessary as fruits and vegetables. Focus on the nutrients you need from these food choices including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, fiber, and vitamin B12.

Know Your Resources. Not sure where to start? The USDA has a simple guide called MyPlate, showing how you can maximize your plate to get the most out of your meals. MyPlate has many resources to help you customize your diet. There are also several food assistance programs that seniors can use to help navigate their healthy lifestyle such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and more.

Healthy eating is about more than just food. Growing older can be lonely at times. Make the most out of your moments, by inviting others to eat, cook, or go grocery shopping with you. Sharing these activities with friends and loved ones can help relieve stress and boost your mood.


Making changes to your lifestyle can be overwhelming. It is important to make sure you are speaking with your doctors and other medical professionals to find a routine that works best for you. Take it one step at a time and do the best you can with what you already have.

At Senior Helpers our Caregivers provide unique and genuine, in-home connections that are designed to give your loved ones the best quality of life. Our Companion Care Services are available to help with grocery shopping, meal preparation, and more. Depending on your loved one’s needs, we can provide in-home assistance to give you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and cared for. Find your local Senior Helpers today


 For more information visit the resources below:

Nutrition: MedlinePlus

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors (

Older Adults | MyPlate