A senior’s body needs different nutrients to function properly and fight off ailments and disease. Certain vegetables contain large amounts of these nutrients, but are sometimes neglected in senior diets. Palm Beach elder care experts discuss a few vegetables your elderly loved one may want to eat more often.
Carrots are often considered superfoods for seniors. They are rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and helps the body prevent certain diseases the elderly are susceptible to. Some elderly people have difficulty maintaining regular bowel movements. Carrots can resolve this problem because they increase saliva and supply the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes needed for regular digestion. These vegetables also contain falcarinol, a phytonutrient that helps promote a healthy colon and reduces the risks of colon cancer, one of the leading causes of senior deaths.
Split peas are a staple in Indian cooking and form an excellent protein-rich base for soups and stews. They are also one of the healthiest foods your loved one can eat. One of the main reasons for this is their high fiber content. As the body ages, the gastrointestinal tract changes, the absorption of nutrients is reduced, and intestinal motility is slowed down. A diet high in fiber helps stimulate intestinal motility and regular bowel movements. Split peas have one of the highest fiber counts in the vegetable world, with 16.3 grams per cup. When you consider regular peas have only 8.8 grams per cup, you can see why adding split peas to your loved one’s diet can help aid in digestion.
Many seniors develop complications with their eyes, including macular degeneration and cataracts. However, your loved one may be pleased to hear there are vegetables that can help counteract these issues. Leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that have proven to lower the risks of these eye conditions.
To learn more about the foods your loved one can eat to maintain a healthy diet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help with meal prep, grocery shopping, and a variety of other tasks, and we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s care Palm Beach seniors can count on. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 561.429.8292 to schedule a free in-home consultation.