The remarkable research of the latest AARP study is in: those that maintain a balanced and healthy diet are twice as likely to consider their brain health and functionality to be very good or excellent compared to people who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet abundant with fish, vegetables & fruits equated to better brain health.
The participants’ responses match the recommendations of AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health, that also adds the need to reduce intake of salt, saturated fats, and excessive alcohol which have been proven to have a negative impact on brain health. Per Sarah Lock, senior vice president for policy and executive director of GCBH, “Many of us have gotten used to the idea of heart-healthy foods, but now we know that those same foods can make a big difference in our brain health, as well.”
So, why aren’t more senior citizens following these simple guidelines? The reasons stated include:
Eating healthy is too expensive.
It’s tough to follow a healthier eating plan.
Stores selling healthy food are too far away.
They won’t enjoy the taste.
They don’t believe it will make a big change with their health.
Having said that, a full ninety percent of respondents stated they would do something to eat better if they thought it would decrease their chance of heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive decline.
The daily guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate initiative include the following for seniors:
1 ½ – 2 cups of fruits
2 – 3 cups of vegetables
3 cups of dairy
5 – 6 ounces of protein
5 – 7 ounces of grain
Consuming a variety of different sorts of these foods on a consistent basis is key to maximizing brain health. It can also be beneficial to create a plan that may help overcome objections to healthy eating, and to recruit the aid of a reliable member of the family, buddy, or professional caregiver for support – such as those offered through the professional home care services in Atlanta by Atlanta Home Care Partners – to adhere to the plan.
Atlanta Home Care Partners can help make healthy eating possible for older persons, by getting groceries and making certain the refrigerator and pantry are well stocked with great food choices, planning and preparing nutritionally beneficial meals, and much more! We can also provide pleasant companionship during mealtimes to ease the loneliness that might play a role in unhealthy eating, combined with encouragement in order to ensure excellent food choices. Call for more details on our memory care facility in Atlanta at (404) 228-0103 or contact us online to learn more about the areas we serve.