Folic acid, vitamin D among essential nutrients for seniors

Chef Walter Pisano shares how to cook with senior nutrition in mind and how to design nutrient-dense meals that will entice seniors to eat more.

Feb. 14—Portion size and food presentation is especially important for seniors whose enjoyment of food may already be diminished by restricted diets, medication conflicts, smaller appetites, and a decreased sense of smell and taste, according to Chef Walter Pisano. Seniors also have different nutrition needs; as we age, our bodies require fewer calories, yet require more protein, calcium, B vitamins and other nutrients. Nutrition is a key contributor to the well-being and longevity of the elderly. Caregivers should know the signs of senior malnutrition and how to prevent it.

Top 5 Senior Nutrition Vitamins

Folic Acid: spinach, asparagus, breakfast cereal, lentils.
B-12: turkey, salmon, crab, clams, mussels, chicken, beef, eggs, milk.
Vitamin C: oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, tomatoes, sweet red pepper, broccoli, potatoes.
Vitamin D: canned salmon, sardines or mackerel, instant oatmeal, cereal, egg yolk, soy milk, cow’s milk or orange juice fortified with Vitamin D.
Essential Fatty Acids: flaxseed oil, canned tuna, oysters, herring or sardines, salmon, trout, crab.