Eating healthy can be challenging for anyone—but as we age, other factors can make nutrition especially hard.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of handy-dandy resources.
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1. Guide to healthy eating for older adults
Having trouble swallowing or chewing food? Feeling unmotivated to cook and eat healthy when living alone? Want tips to save while grocery shopping? This guide from Dietitians of Canada is chock-full of information to educate and fortify you.
2. Increase flavour, not your sodium intake
Did you know? As we age, we may not taste food the same way we used to. Rather than add salt (which can greatly increase your sodium intake), check out these other ways to make your food more flavourful.
3. Grocery shopping programs
Has shopping for groceries become too difficult? Ottawa is home to many programs that offer grocery shopping services for seniors and people with disabilities! Learn more at Champlainhealthline.ca. Plus, the Good Companions – Community Support Services provides an escorted bus service to grocery stores!
4. Canada’s food guide
Healthy eating is critical for aging well! The Government of Canada updated its national food guide in 2019, and has a special educational section just for seniors. Get tips on drinking water, creating an emergency food supply, and more: check it out here.
5. Take your vitamins! But which ones?
What vitamins and minerals should older adults take—and why? This guide from the Government of BC is an easy-to-read resource that explains the importance of vitamins B12 and B6, calcium, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, vitamins C and E for healthy aging.
6. Spotting malnutrition in seniors
Why are so many seniors malnourished—and what can you (as a loving family member or friend) do about it? Check out this blog to learn how to detect signs of malnutrition in your loved one’s life.
7. Overcoming barriers to healthy eating
Learn how age-related changes affect how the body processes food, and how can seniors continue to eat healthy despite those challenges? This blog offers simple yet effective tips for remaining healthy and happy while aging.
8. Get fibre-ized
According to the Dietitians of Canada, higher-fibre foods can make you manage diabetes AND help you feel better. Here are a bunch of tasty meal and snack ideas for ensuring you get enough fibre in your daily diet.
9. Consider a meal delivery service
You’ve probably heard of Meals on Wheels. Champlainhealthline.ca provides a list here of local similar services for seniors.
Meanwhile, if you have the budget, meal delivery services are incredibly popular nowadays! Simply Google “meal delivery” and the name of your city, and you’ll see many businesses come up. Many of these businesses offer significant discounts on your first order, which provides a great option for trying them out without making a commitment. And a lot of them offer meals for special diets.
10. Eat and drink toward healthy bones
Want strong bones and teeth? This tip sheet from Ottawa Public Health tells you just how much calcium and vitamin D are found in your favourite foods.