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When it comes to aging well, few factors are more important than what you eat. While a balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent muscle loss, an unhealthy diet has the opposite effect.
A poor diet can contribute to a variety of problems, ranging from falls to heart disease and stroke. Research also suggests a diet high in saturated fats may increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Older adults who live alone face a variety of barriers to healthy eating. The first step in adopting a more balanced approach to meals is to identify those barriers.
Barriers to Healthy Eating Among Older Adults
Some of the most common barriers include:
While a visit to a primary care physician might help an older adult overcome a few of these barriers, such as loss of appetite or digestive problems, besting the others may require more creativity.
Healthy Eating for One
If you or an older adult in your family is struggling to maintain a healthy diet, we have a few suggestions for you. Depending on their personal situation, one of these may be a solution.
At Sunrise, we understand the important role a healthy diet plays in a senior’s life. Visit our Senior Eats blog for senior nutrition tips, recipes, and other news about aging and eating well.
We also invite you to join us for a meal at Sunrise. Call 888-434-4648 to learn more and schedule a time!