Brain health is a major consideration in senior care. If you are providing senior care services for an aging loved one, promoting brain health and encouraging improved cognitive functioning should be a top priority. Though there are many ways to help support brain health such as through reading, writing, participation in games or simply maintaining active social relationships, diet is one of the most important elements of a senior care plan that can help aging adults maintain stronger, healthier and better functioning brains.
As a senior care provider you can help your aging loved one eat a more brain healthy diet by preparing a wide variety of foods and encouraging trying new things on a regular basis. If your aging loved one is a particularly logical person, explain that these foods can help support his brain health and keep him more active and independent for longer.
Research has identified a variety of foods that should be included in a senior’s daily eating regimen to help support a healthier and more active brain.
These foods include:
- Blueberries – blueberries are one of the best natural sources of antioxidants and are shown to reduce the impact of age-related disease and decline on brain function. Unlike some other foods, blueberries are equally as potent when eaten frozen or freeze-dried as they are fresh.
- Nuts and Seeds– nuts and seeds provide protein, healthy fats and vitamin E. These are all linked to protecting seniors from cognitive decline and even improving cognitive abilities.
- Deep-water Fish – fish such as salmon, herring and sardines provide a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for proper brain function and offer anti-inflammatory effects that can promote better physical health as well as cognitive health.
- Whole Grains – an indirect source of brain health improvement, whole grains promote cardiovascular health which improves blood flow to the entire body. When the brain receives plenty of blood, it will experience much better functioning.
These super foods should be included and the daily diet of all seniors. Encourage the participation of your aging loved one by researching recipes together so that you can try new foods and flavors that you may not have tried before. You may just find yourself protecting your own brain health by enjoying these meals together.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of senior care in Memorial, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
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