As we age, our bodies change, and our diets must change with them. It can be difficult to modify one’s habits in retirement. But to get the most out of this time of your life, it’s vital to pay attention to senior citizen nutritional needs. Fortunately, Southfield understands the importance of a healthy diet.
Senior Citizen Nutritional Needs
As we age, our metabolism slows. This is a naturally occurring process. Yet, for those who don’t exercise regularly or aren’t active, it can cause more than just weight gain; it can also exacerbate health issues. A slowed metabolism means your body doesn’t burn as many calories as it once did. Thus, to stay at a healthy weight, seniors need to eat less. It can be a challenge to change one’s eating habits. This is why, at Southfield, our dining services make sure senior citizen nutritional needs are met with as many nutrient-rich food options as possible. Also, our regular events and activities provide exactly the kind of casual, everyday exercise seniors need to stay healthy.
Just as our metabolism changes as we age, so does our digestive system. Even the healthiest and most active seniors will notice their body producing less of the fluids necessary to process food in the digestive system. What this means is that more attention needs to be paid to eating enough of the right foods with high amounts of certain vitamins and minerals.
Many seniors find that as they age their appetite changes. This can also be affected by medications taken for health conditions. Yet it’s important not to neglect senior citizen nutritional needs, because doing so can make one’s health condition worse and introduce new issues like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. By making our dining experience a social occasion, Southfield turns meals into occasions where eating healthily is a side-effect of enjoying the company of your friends and neighbors.
Finding the Right Balance
The amount of energy you need each day depends on several factors other than mere age. Your weight and height, gender (older men typically need more calories than women), and general activity level (active seniors need more calories). The key isn’t necessarily eating more but eating better and eating smarter. Individuals can eat less so long as they don’t deprive themselves of the nutrients they need like carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. At Southfield, we stay engaged with residents, so we make sure we are meeting their senior citizen nutritional needs.
Explore the Senior Living Community at Southfield
At Southfield, we pride ourselves on the services we provide our residents. Among these are dining services that not only meet senior citizen nutritional needs but are also social occasions where delicious meals are shared and community strengthened.
When active, independent seniors come to Plainfield, IN, they’ll find a vibrant community at Southfield. We offer numerous other services to make the lives of residents easier. For instance, we provide the following:
- Activities: We plan daily activities and regularly schedule events to make every day unique. Interactive engagement opportunities with the team and your fellow residents not only keep your mind sharp but also foster good health.
- Transportation: Scheduled and available on-demand transportation to all the places necessary for you to stay well-provisioned and plugged in is provided. You won’t be cut off or have to worry about not being able to get out and see what you want. We make it a point to provide you with the mobility you need and desire.
- Health and wellness: Our modern fitness facility has just the right layout and equipment. Residents can make sure their body stays loose and healthy. More and more seniors have an active spirit. Thus, we make sure you have the resources.
- Housekeeping: Regular and as-requested help in maintaining your residence like a home. We are always ready to get your space prepared for visitors as well as keep your day-to-day needs met.
So reach out to us at 855.947.3838 to learn more and explore our community.