March is National Nutrition Month

March 4, 2015

March…in like a lion, out like a lamb. Here in the Northeast, where the snow simply will not stop falling, March is certainly living up to that expression!

Did you know March is also National Nutrition Month? Eating a healthy diet is important as we grow, but do we need to be as concerned about diet as we age?

The short answer is yes! Poor nutrition can lead to frailty and diminished physical and mental functioning. Loss of physical ability and mental functioning can lead to loss of independence, something we all want to maintain for as long as possible.

Our diet needs change as we age, our metabolism slows so we don’t require as many calories as we once did. But certain nutrients are vitally important. Those nutrients are found in:

Fruits and vegetables,

Whole grains,

Lean meats and

Some dairy.

How do we make sure we are getting the proper nutrients? Check out this info graphic from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to get some quick tips.

Nutrition Month Infographic

But what if we can’t afford these foods on a limited income? After all, food is getting more expensive all the time. There are safety nets in place to help seniors get the support they need. Check out #6 on the info graphic for a service called BenefitsCheckUp. This service will help seniors with limited incomes apply for the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and any other benefits for which they may be eligible.

For more information about helpful resources for seniors go to www.elderlyparentresoures.com.

 

 

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