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Older Adults

Older Adults

Eating healthy has benefits that can help individuals ages 65 and up.

As we age, healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help to improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of well-being.

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Nutrition Tips

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Unique Needs

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Nutrition Tips

  • Focus on the nutrients you need, including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, minerals, and dietary fiber.
  • Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
  • Meet individual calorie and nutrition needs to help maintain energy levels.
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Unique Needs for Ages 65+

Eating habits change as we get older. Simple adjustments can help you enjoy the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

  • Add sliced fruits and vegetable to meals and snacks. Look for pre-sliced varieties if slicing and chopping is a challenge.
  • Ask your doctor for other options if the medications you take affect your appetite.
  • Drink 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk throughout the day. If you cannot tolerate milk try small amounts of yogurt, butter milk, hard cheese or lactose-free foods. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Consume foods fortified with vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals.

Be Active

Being physically active can help you stay strong and independent as you grow older. If you are overweight or obese, weight loss can improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of disease and disability. Learn more in this Move Your Way Fact Sheet for Older Adults.

Resources

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Get Your MyPlate Plan

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Move Your Way Older Adult Fact Sheet

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Using the Nutrition Facts Label for Older Adults

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