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Essential Foods for Women Over 60

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Fairfield senior care professionals often tell clients it’s never too late to adopt healthy eating habits and consume foods that can contribute to good heart heath, strong bones, and fewer aches and pains. Eating right becomes increasingly important with age, with the following foods considered especially beneficial for women 60 and older.

Fish

The omega-3 fatty acids in fish have been shown to help improve cognitive functioning. Some studies suggest omega-3s can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and dementia. According to the American Heart Association, fish with high omega-3 levels include salmon and mackerel.

Nuts

Older women often have higher triglyceride levels than their younger counterparts, which can contribute to higher levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. Some nuts, especially pistachios, help generate high levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes provide a virtual smorgasbord of essential vitamins and minerals that are good for senior women, including vitamins A, B6, E and K, copper, potassium, manganese, niacin, potassium, and cancer-fighting lycopene.

Dark Chocolate

Senior women with a sweet tooth will be pleased to know that dark chocolate has several documented health benefits. It’s a great source of magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and potassium, and flavonoids in dark chocolate may also reduce inflammation.

Cinnamon

For senior women with high blood pressure and diabetes, cinnamon can help keep blood pressure in check, control hypertension, and even naturally reduce stress. These benefits can easily be enjoyed by sprinkling cinnamon over oatmeal or in fresh ground coffee for a tasty treat.

Yogurt

Women tend to be prone to certain digestive issues with age. The good bacteria in yogurt help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Yogurt is also an excellent source of calcium, vitamins B-2 and B-12, potassium, and magnesium.

Eating right and living a healthy lifestyle becomes increasingly difficult with age. Ensure your senior loved one has the support he or she needs to maintain optimal wellbeing with help from Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and live-in home care in Fairfield, and all of our care services include the use of our holistic Balanced Care Method designed to promote physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Give our office a call at 203-955-1915 for more information or to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.