Nutrition and Older Adults

Every year in March, dietitians across the country remind us of the importance of healthy eating and the positive impact nutrition has on our health and well-being.
~ Dieticians of Canada

The Dieticians of Canada website contains 8 helpful fact sheets that address the nutritional challenges and needs specific to older adults.

  1. Shopping for One or Two: Planning
    Shopping for one or two people can be a challenge, but careful planning makes it easier. The suggestions offered in the fact sheet will make your trips to the store easier and help you save money at the same time.
  2. Healthy Eating: Variety and Balance
    A healthy diet is essential to feeling well and enjoying life to the fullest. A great starting point for healthy eating is Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. Enjoying the type and amount of food recommended in the Food Guide can help meet nutrient needs and promote health.
  3. Planning Meals: Fibre Facts
    High fibre diets may help prevent and treat a variety of diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes. A healthy diet for seniors should include 21-30 grams of fibre per day according to the dieticians of Canada.
  4. Cooking for One or Two: Your Emergency Food Shelf
    Having an emergency shelf stocked with non-perishable foods and some frozen foods is a big help if you can’t get out to the store. You can plan quick and creative meals with just a few basic items.
  5. Cooking for One or Two People: Eating Alone
    Eating alone can be difficult for people of any age. Cooking alone may seem like more work. But there are ways to put the fun back into cooking and eating. Start with keeping your cupboards full of nutritious foods that you enjoy. Studies show that when you eat with others, you eat healthier. So, sit down with some friends, family members or neighbours and enjoy their company while you dine.
  6. Cooking for One or Two People: Easy Meals to Make
    Can’t think of anything to eat? Enjoy the simple meals listed on this fact sheet. Use ingredients you have on hand. Try switching up mealtimes. Eat breakfast foods for lunch or dinner.
  7. Planning Meals using Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide
    Aging affects nutritional needs. As you get older, you need to eat less food (fewer calories) but you need the same amount, or even more, of certain vitamins and minerals. To get the food and nutrients you need, plan your meals using Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
  8. Cooking for One or Two People: Creative Use of Leftovers
    Just about anything left over can go into a stir-fry, casserole, soup or salad. Can’t finish the whole tin of soup? Use it in sauces, gravies and casseroles. Be creative!

Try the Dieticians of Canada Nutri-eSCREEN eating habits survey for older adults, consisting of 14 questions that will highlight what you are doing well and what needs improvement.

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