BY:  Evelyn Fiumara
Community Liaison  Elder Connections

Healthy nutrition for the elderly is essential for both good physical and mental health. A gerontologist advised that seniors who eat well increase their odds of overcoming illness and living a longer life. A smart heart-healthy choice for better senior care is the Mediterranean diet.

Research has shown that following a Mediterranean diet is protective against a variety of conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. Just recently, the Mediterranean diet option has also been linked to a lower risk for Alzheimer’s  Disease.

Here are some diet tips for better senior care:

Ø      Cook with a splash of olive oil

Ø      Use herbs and spices, instead of salt to flavor food

Ø      Incorporate legumes (dried beans and peas) into your meals

Ø      Cook fish at least one night a week instead of meat

Ø      Try a small amount of walnuts or almonds as a snack

Ø      Eat fruits and vegetables

Ø      Exercise

And, eating with family and friends is always a plus!