Eating Right in Your 60s, 70s, and 80s

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Getting older presents many new and wonderful opportunities along with some unexpected challenges, especially when it comes to the foods you can and should eat on a regular basis. The good news is that by eating right for your age you’ll greatly increase your odds of enjoying active, productive senior years.

Your 60s: Embracing Nutrient-Rich Foods

As you enter your senior years, it becomes more important to embrace nutrient-rich foods. This is also the time when the digestive process changes and bone density decreases, necessitating a diet that includes:

• A regular meal schedule to compensate for metabolism changes
• Foods such as nuts, leafy green vegetables and fatty fish like salmon to naturally reduce inflammation around joints
• Lean beef, skinless chicken, eggs and other foods that can increase muscle strength

Your 70s: Finding a Nutritional Balance

You’re likely to be more aware of the importance of finding a good nutritional balance by the time you reach your 70s, even if that’s a concept you never fully embraced previously. According to Centennial senior care professionals, eating right at this age often includes:

• Packing more nutrition into smaller meals to avoid vitamin deficiencies that can contribute to muscle weakness and joint issues
• Getting extra dietary enzymes to boost digestion from raw fruits and vegetables
• Embracing vitamin-rich foods such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and garbanzo beans

Your 80s: Enjoying a Happy Medium

By the time you reach your 80s, you will likely want to find a happy medium between foods you enjoy and foods that offer important health benefits. It’s a goal that can be achieved with a diet that includes:

• Heart-healthy fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that can also help with memory
• Dark green leafy vegetables that can lower homocysteine levels to protect brain cells
• Antioxidant-rich foods like avocados and berries to prevent cell damage

Eating right can become more challenging with age as tasks like cooking and grocery shopping often become difficult to accomplish independently. If you or a loved one could use additional support, reach out to Home Care Assistance at 303.957.3100 and learn about live-in, hourly, and respite care in Centennial. Our caregivers can grocery shop, prepare meals, perform light housekeeping duties, and provide transportation. Call today. We look forward to hearing from you.