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Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Eating well can help keep you healthy and active. Use these simple tips to help you make smart food choices for years to come.


Make eating a social event

Enjoy meals with friends or family member as often as possible. Take advantage of technology to enjoy meals virtually with loved ones in different cities or states.

Drink plenty of liquids

You may not always feel thirsty when your body needs fluids, and that’s why it's important to drink beverages throughout the day. Enjoy coffee and tea if you like, or some water, milk, or 100% juice.

Add a touch of spice

Limiting salt is important as you get older. Fresh and dried herbs and spices, such as basil, oregano, and parsley add flavor without the salt.

Make the most of your food choices

Older adults need plenty of nutrients but fewer calories, so it’s important to make every bite count. Foods that are full of vitamins and minerals are the best way to get what you need.

Keep food safe

Discard food if it has an “off” odor, flavor, or texture. Refer to the "use by” dates for a guide to freshness. Canned or frozen foods store well if shopping trips are difficult.

Be mindful of your nutrient needs

You need higher levels of calcium and vitamin D to keep bones strong. Nonfat and low-fat dairy provide calcium, and so does non-dairy sources like calcium-fortified orange juice and soy milk.

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