By Vannah Rose Roberto, Certified Concierge Care Advisor
This is dedicated to the National Eating Disorders Awareness week and considering this week, I have been thinking a lot about the importance of increasing and improving overall nutrition intake, especially for seniors. Having the proper nutrition is a given for everyone. To name a few; it gives you more energy throughout your day which also improves the feeling of overall well-being, enhances mental focus, reduces mood swings like depression and anxiety, helps prevent diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and prevents certain cancers from forming, as well as improving cardiovascular health.
The number one important must-have when assisting seniors and their families find their transitional senior communities, aside from exceptional care and quality of life, is the food. As with most people, food is extremely important and can be a make-or-break factor when finding long-term communities for senior transition. The most common questions that are asked are what type of diets can these communities accommodate? Or what types of foods do they prepare, etc. Every Senior community, like Assisted Living, Memory care and adult family homes, can accommodate all different types of diets and textures for the safety of their residents and their quality of life during their retirement.
All of this to say, the sooner in age that you are more aware of your ability to feed your body the proper diet and nutrients needed to perform your day-to-day tasks and improve your overall psychosocial wellbeing, the easier it is to prevent an eating disorder by creating better choices and routine in a structured diet. As for seniors, improper nutrition and diet can be detrimental to the quality of life someone may have whether in the comforts of their own home or within a senior community.