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What is the Best Diet for Brain Health in Seniors?

Senior man eating vegetables on patio

The interesting research of the latest AARP study is in: those who maintain a healthy diet are twice as apt to consider their mental acuity to be very good or excellent in comparison to those who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet full of fish, vegetables and fruits equated to higher brain health.

The participants’ responses match the recommendations of AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health, which also adds the requirement to reduce intake of salt, saturated fats, and excessive alcohol which have been shown to have a negative impact on brain health. Per Sarah Lock, senior vice president for policy and executive director of GCBH, “Many of us have gotten used to the idea of heart-healthy foods, but now we know that those same foods can make a big difference in our brain health, as well.”

If that’s the case, why aren’t more elderly following these simple rules? The issues stated include:

  • Eating healthy is just too expensive.
  • It’s tough to follow a healthy diet.
  • Stores selling healthy foods are too far away.
  • They won’t enjoy the taste.
  • They don’t believe it will make a big change in their health.

However, a full 90% of respondents stated they’d do something to eat better if they thought it could cut down on their threat of cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes, and cognitive decline.

So, what is the best brain health diet for seniors? The daily guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate initiative are the following for seniors:

  • 1 ½ – 2 cups of fruits
  • 2 – 3 cups of vegetables
  • 3 cups of dairy
  • 5 – 6 ounces of protein
  • 5 – 7 ounces of grain

Eating several different sorts of these food types on a frequent basis is key. It is also beneficial to create a plan that will help overcome objections to healthy eating, and also to engage the aid of a trusted family member, friend, or professional caregiver for support to stick to the routine.

Home Matters can help make healthy eating a reality for aging adults, by choosing groceries and ensuring the fridge and kitchen pantry are well stocked with smart food choices, planning and preparing wholesome meals, and much more! We are able to also provide pleasant companionship during mealtimes to ease the loneliness which could contribute to unhealthy eating, together with encouragement to ensure excellent food choices.

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