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Basic Tips for Healthy Independence

As we all age, our bodies begin to require subtle changes in our nutritional requirements. The importance of calcium becomes more and more apparent. While it can be challenging to consume 1200 milligrams (the daily requirement for seniors—about four cups of milk), the benefits from doing so are manyfold. Throughout life, calcium lends itself to bone health and dental health. It can help lower blood pressure, and may ward off colorectal, ovarian and breast cancers.

Likewise, fiber’s benefits to the digestive process as a natural laxative are proven and sometimes a quick-acting method of reducing discomfort. Consuming raw foods, like fruits and vegetables, is an easy-to-remember way for older adults to maintain digestive health without interrupting daily mealtime routines.

Eating fish like salmon or tuna twice weekly, as well as spinach and other foods rich in flaxseed oil, can provide seniors with the Omega-3 fatty acids responsible for reducing inflammation. The health benefits of doing so span from a reduction in chances for heart disease, to cancer prevention, to reducing the risk for arthritis.

For more information, visit AgingCare.com: http://www.agingcare.com/Articles/nutrition-tips-for-elderly-health-and-diets-137053.htm.

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.

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