Nutrition in Older Adults

As we get older, our nutrient needs begin to change. Some nutrients become more important than they once were with our aging selves.

Calcium and Vitamin D
Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to support bone health. Adults should get about 3 servings of calcium rich foods per day; from dairy products, like milk or yogurt, to other foods, like spinach or broccoli, to fortified foods, like breads, cereals, juices. If you choose to take a calcium supplement, buy one that also contains Vitamin D, which helps absorb calcium.

Older adults tend to have greater problems with constipation. Eating more fiber, drinking more water or getting more physical activity can all help regulate bowel movements. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products. Variety of the three in your diet is key to treating constipation.

Older adults need to watch their fat intake; not only amount in diet but also type of fat eaten. Trans and saturated fats should be kept to a minimum. Focus on healthier fats like omega-3s, which can even help improve memory. The goal is to make healthy eating habits to help protect your heart health as we age.