A well-balanced diet is important for seniors, be it on vacation or while enjoying time on Caribbean assisted living. As people age, their diets may need to change, and generally doctors will recommend more fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods and whole grains that improve overall health and wellness.
Omega 3 fatty acids are highly recommended, as they deliver big health benefits against inflammation, heart disease and even depression. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in certain fish such as Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Trout, Mackerel, and others; also on nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds, walnuts and even in Canola oil.
Most doctors would recommend serving foods rich in this nutrient at least twice a week for older relatives, or using a supplement.
Calcium is also a key player in seniors health, as the need for it increases as people age ( it preserves bone health and has the added bonus of lowering blood pressure ). Adults over 50 years old must get 1200 milligrams of calcium per day, according to the World Health Organization. Calcium is found in dairy milk, orange juice, or specialized non dairy milks such as almond or soy. Some doctors might recommend a calcium supplement.
Those with hypertension must watch their sodium intake, specially seniors. Processed foods, frozen, and also from most restaurants, can have a high content of sodium that should be avoided. Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, dry beans, unsalted nuts, grains like brown rice and oats and nut butters are naturally low in sodium.
Seniors nutrition at the Assisted Villas bring a new level of healthy gourmet cooking, by combining key ingredients to achieve perfectly balanced breakfasts that cater to elderly and younger seniors as well; always following the nutritionists recommendations specific to each individual.
Organic produce from local farms in the island provide us with plenty of healthy food for those who prefer to eat naturally-grown fruits, meat and vegetables.
Some older adults will show decreased absorption efficiency, which makes adequate nutrition a top priority. Hydration is also a key element in the overall health of seniors, as they might not feel the need for liquids as often as younger adults, even though the body needs it.
Any senior meal plan has to be nutritionally balanced, depending always on the senior`s level of activity, mobility, weight, and other lifestyle/health considerations. Lean meats, salmon, ham, turkey, vegetables, beans, salads and other healthy foods will surely be in the menu for seniors.
The Assisted Villas signature chefs follow specific guidelines in terms of freshness, preparation, and presentation of every single meal served in the villas. All our staff is trained following DR/U.S. FDA standards that meet strict requirements when handling edibles, both local and imported.
When creating a menu for seniors dinner, we focused on two key aspects, one that meets the U.S. dietary guidelines for people at three different daily caloric levels, specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of people over 55 years old, offering more calcium and fiber, low saturated fat and low cholesterol.
Second, that it also can be prepared and presented in a creative, deliciously-looking way that keeps seniors happy and eager to eat it. This smart aging menu is designed to promote brain and cardiovascular health among our visitors (Seniors Camp) and residents (Assisted Living). See our downloadable menu guide for more information.