In addition to engaging in daily exercises and routine activities, assisted living residents should also eat a good diet to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Just about everyone has been told to eat their fruits and veggies while growing up, but many people overlook the fact that these foods are just as important later in life. Here is a look at some key elements of a healthy diet for people with Alzheimer’s disease:
Omega-3 from Dark, Leafy Veggies
While many people automatically think of fish when they hear “Omega-3”, it can be found in dark, leafy vegetables like kale, Brussels sprouts, and spinach. These fatty acids aid in the transmission of brain signals and improving communication between brain cells. Some scientists even contribute part of our brain’s evolutionary development to Omega-3.
Fruits, Roots, and Legumes for B Vitamins
Vitamin B12 is found in bananas as well as other foods like beans and salmon. This essential vitamin converts carbohydrates into sugar, which causes an increase in energy levels and lowers a person’s feelings of exhaustion. Vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, and baked potatoes are ideal sources of vitamin B6, which supports brain health. They’re also low in fat so they are a good dietary option for less active residents.
Dark-Skinned Fruits and Veggies for Heart Health
Adults should consistently eat a well-balanced diet in order to provide their bodies with protein, calcium, and vitamins and minerals and to keep their cardiovascular system healthy. Dark-skinned fruits and veggies are rich in vitamin E, which fights cholesterol and lowers the risk of clogged arteries. These foods also include broccoli, blackberries, and spinach.
Our mission here at Governor’s Glen in Atlanta is to improve the quality of life for each of our residents. By providing them with healthy diets rich in fruits and veggies, we help them nourish their bodies and minds. Call us today at (678) 954-2372 to learn more about our philosophy and our services.