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Nutritional Needs

Make sure your dependent senior eats well.  Oftentimes it is difficult to get all the nutritional requirements necessary.  Check with their doctor to see if supplements are necessary.  

To maximize their daily well-being, they need enough:

      • Iron
            • Spinach, sweet potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, beets, kale, cereals, pork, red meat, poultry, fish, beans and eggs
        • Magnesium
              • Almonds, spinach, whole grains, cashews, peanuts, fortified breakfast cereals, black beans, peanut butter, avocado, dark chocolate, brown rice, plain yogurt, banana, kidney beans, salmon, chicken, broccoli, apples, tofu
          • Zinc
                • Cashews, chickpeas, yogurt, milk products, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, whole grains, seafood, poultry, eggs, beans and peas, oysters, red meat.
            • Selenium
                  • Eggs, brown rice, mushrooms, grain products, dairy products, nuts, seeds, seafood, read meat, poultry, spinach
              • Manganese
                    • Brown rice, wheat, barley, rye, quinoa, oats, garlic
                • Iodine
                      • Seafood, grains, eggs, red meat, poultry, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, lima beans
                  • Calcium
                        • Greek yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, leafy greens, almonds, oranges, salmon
                    • Vitamin D
                          • Whole grains, red meat, seafood, poultry, dairy products, fortified cereals, spinach, oranges
                      • Vitamin E
                            • Nuts, seeds, avocado, cereals, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce (not iceburg), onions
                        • Vitamin K
                              • Eggs, read meat, tuna, kiwi, avocado, rhubarb, kale, broccoli, spinach, asperagus
                          • Protein intake is very important to prevent muscle loss
                                • Poultry, seafood, pork, eggs, kidney/chickpeas, peanut butter, veggie burgers, tofu
                            • Fibre
                                  • Oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains
                              • Water
                                    • Eight 8 ounce glasses a day (no drinking within 3 hours of bedtime)

                              Foods to avoid:

                                  • Processed food
                                        • If you cannot pronounce what is on the label, you should not eat it.

                                  If in a facility that prepares meals, ensuring nutrition can be even more difficult.  Speak with the Director of Care to get all the nutritional facts.