Healthy Eating, Healthy Aging: Implementing NCOA Tips With Senior Care
Healthy eating is key for healthy aging. Today’s post reviews 6 nutrition tips from the National Council on Aging, then explains how our Wisconsin senior care team effortlessly puts them into action!
Nutrition Tips For Wisconsin Seniors From The National Council On Aging
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently published a handy infographic that outlines 6 tips to help Brookfield, Wisconsin seniors eat (and age) better. Here’s what they recommended:
- Know what a healthy plate looks like. According to the University of Wisconsin Foundation guidelines, that means dividing a standard 9” plate into four parts: half vegetables, one quarter carbohydrates (ideally whole grains, lentils, rice, or other complex carbohydrates from whole food sources), and one quarter protein (the leaner the better). You can also find some recipes on-site.
- Look for important nutrients. In particular, it’s important for seniors to get enough protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and vitamin D.
- Read nutrition labels. Be a smarter shopper and look past the marketing fluff to find items that are lower in fat, added sugars, and sodium.
- Use recommended servings. Follow the American Heart Association’s recommended daily servings for adults over 60.
- Stay hydrated. Water is an important nutrient that’s often overlooked. Make sure to drink the recommended amount daily–and remember, coffee doesn’t count!
- Stretch your food budget. The NCOA recommends looking into how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you get the biggest nutritional bang for your buck.
Effortlessly Implement Ncoa Tips With Wisconsin Senior Care
The NCOA’s healthy eating guidelines are great, but they’re easier read than done, especially if you’re already struggling to balance your caregiving duties with your career and family obligations. Don’t worry: our senior care team in Wisconsin can help. All six of the NCOA guidelines fit seamlessly into our senior care service.
Here’s how we can help.
Building Healthy Plates With Wisconsin Senior Care
Don’t worry about teaching your loved one what a healthy plate looks like, how to create well-balanced meals with all the right nutrients, or what serving sizes to use–our senior care team does it all.
All senior care plans can be customized to include complete meal preparation services. And we take our client’s care requests to heart: whatever foods you want included in your loved ones diet, we will prepare. Moreover, because every meal and cooking session is a great opportunity to socialize and stimulate your loved one mentally, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn all these important nutritional skills for themselves. In this way, our senior care team can actually increase your loved one’s independence while serving them healthy food.
Monitor Hydration With Wisconsin Senior Care
Wouldn’t it be nice to keep track of how much water your loved one drinks throughout the day to ensure they’re getting enough? Work and family obligations make this impossible for most informal senior care providers, but it’s all part of a day’s work for our senior care team. Just ask and it’s taken care of!
Stretch Your Food Budget With Wisconsin Senior Care
By preparing your loved one’s meals and monitoring their snacking, we make sure that they both get enough to eat and get the most out of purchase. In other words, when you buy 4 servings, it’ll last 4 servings, with no risk of binge eating or food spoilage so long as our senior care team is in charge! We’ll also happily point you towards some budget-stretching senior resources in Brookfield.
Stress-free Shopping With Wisconsin Senior Care
Don’t worry about reading the labels and stretching your budget when you’re out shopping, because our senior care team can do it for you! Again, it’s as easy as asking.
Free Senior Care Quotes In Brookfield, Wisconsin
Call 262-721-0765 or visit the ABC Greater Milwaukee website to learn more about what our senior care team can do to improve your loved one’s safety, comfort, independence, and nutrition!