Research shows the that quality of diet for older adults has been steadily decreasing in the U.S. for the past 20 years. There are several reasons for this. For one, mobility issues can make it more difficult to get groceries and also move around the kitchen to prepare meals. Being socially isolated can also make you feel less motivated to eat and enjoy your meals, reports healthline.com.
At a time when eating well is crucial—not only can a healthy diet extend your life span, it can also reduce your risk of chronic disease and improve your quality of life—being older, with the impact that older age has on your lifestyle and physical health, often hinders being able to do so.
Getting back to eating a nutritious, balanced diet will reap you so many rewards, from more energy to better weight management. Healthline spoke with Tina Sadarangani, an assistant professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, for steps you can take to improve the quality of your diet. She shared six tips:
- To start, book an appointment to see your doctor to determine your nutritional risk. This will help you understand what you’re dealing with.
- Get moving. Even gentle activities such as walking or chair exercises will benefit you. Being physically active doesn’t mean only intense workouts such as spinning or running marathon distances. You can explore free options like fitness apps or Youtube videos if you need budget-friendly options. Daily movement will help stimulate your appetite and boost your dietary intake.
For the other tips she shares on how to improve the quality of your diet, you can read the healthline.com article here.