Blueberries Linked To Healthy Aging For Seniors

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 21, 2014

Whether you're tossing them in a salad, munching on a muffin or popping them solo, blueberries are one of the healthiest options for older adults. Scientists have discovered these small snacks offer a range of positive health effects for adults, especially those over the age of 50. Seniors should consider adding this fresh fruit to their diets - if they haven't already - as it not only delivers a delicious taste, but may also promote healthy aging for older adults.

The age-busting benefits of blueberries
Blueberries are chock full of nutrients that can help improve seniors' cognitive skills, skin health and cardiovascular strength. One study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that this fruit may be able to stave off age-related declines in neural and motor skills. Researchers examined how the chemicals in blueberries affected a group of rats. They discovered that those who ate diets replete with this fruit experienced a reverse in the age-related declines they experienced before the experiment. Other studies have linked the fruit to fewer wrinkles, heightened memory and decreased risk for contracting diseases.

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day is May 26
​While this fruit is an ideal addition to a number of dishes - including pancakes, pies and oatmeal - seniors should consider cooking a blueberry cheesecake to commemorate this year's National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, which falls on May 26. Craft the following concoction to become the talk of the senior community.

Ingredients

  • 6 8-oz. packages cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups blueberries

Directions
Begin by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter in a pan or in the microwave, then add the graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of a cheesecake tin. Pour the melted butter evenly over the crumbs, then use your hand or the bottom of a mug to flatten them. Next, begin working on the filling of your cheesecake. Start by beating the cream cheese in a large bowl using a mixer. Once the cheese has become smooth, start adding the eggs to the mixture one at a time. Next, pour in the sugar, vanilla, sour cream and milk, and beat until the mixture is well-combined. Add in the blueberries, using a spoon to fold them in. Pour the filling in your cake pan over the graham cracker crust, but before you place it in the oven, wrap the edges in aluminum foil. Let the cake bake for 45 minutes. When your time is up, turn the oven off, open the door and let the cake sit for an additional 15 minutes. Then, remove and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, be sure to garnish with fresh blueberries.