Your nutritional needs shift slightly as you age. Your body doesn’t absorb nutrients the way it used to, you don’t use as much energy as before, kidney function diminishes, etc. These changes mean shifts in what nutrients you need to take in.
Unfortunately, many seniors aren’t getting the nutrition they need each day. Careful planning and support can help change that, though. Families, friends, and caretakers can all make a difference when it comes to senior nutrition.
There are a few government programs in place to help support senior nutrition. Some of these programs provide funding to those who care for the elderly. Others supply coupons that seniors can use to purchase eligible food items. These programs include:
- Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP): This program provides coupons to qualifying seniors. These coupons can be exchanged for certain fruits, vegetables, and other food items at farmers’ markets or roadside stands.
- Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP): The NSIP distributes food items to senior citizens who need them.
- Elderly Nutrition Program: This program gives grants to institutions that provide nutritional services to seniors.
Of course, none of this really amounts to anything if it’s not implemented well. A skilled nursing facility, for example, might claim to provide nutritional services to its residents and get the needed funding, but in reality it could actually be subpar in its efforts to do so.
Thriving, Not Just Surviving
Fortunately, there are some elderly care centers that go above and beyond when it comes to making sure their residents get the nutrients they need. Senior Care Centers, for example, provides residents with many healthy options when it comes to dining. In accordance with our Strive 2 Thrive program, we ensure that healthy food items are available at all times.
We also strive to give seniors options beyond regular rotating menus, keeping in mind seasonal changes, special events, holidays, and individual needs. This allows seniors to satisfy their nutritional needs while giving them more independence. To learn more about our nutritional programs, contact Senior Care Centers.