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6 Heart-Healthy Foods Aging Adults Should Eat

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

As your loved one ages, his or her risk of heart disease may increase. However, there are steps your loved one can take to boost heart health and prevent a stroke, including eating balanced meals and healthy snacks. Here are some of the foods that can keep a senior’s heart at its best.

1. Whole Grains 

Whole grains are monounsaturated fats that reduce the risk of heart disease. These heart-healthy foods raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. The best types of whole-grain foods for your loved one to eat are:

  • Nuts
  • Cereals
  • Beans
  • Whole-grain breads

Seniors with high levels of cholesterol are at risk of several diseases, and caring for them can be overwhelming for caregivers. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of New Hampshire home care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

2. Fatty Fish

Salmon, trout, and tuna should be incorporated into your loved one’s diet. These fish have the good fats he or she needs to lower the risk of heart disease. Salmon and trout contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have an anti-clotting effect that keeps a senior’s blood flowing. These fish are also considered high-quality protein and contain many vitamins and minerals that your loved one needs to keep his or heart healthy. 

Help your loved one prepare nutritious meals. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. New Hampshire seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

3. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is made from the cacao plant, and it is rich in flavanols that lower blood pressure. The flavanols in chocolate also prevent blood from clotting. Since dark chocolate acts as an antioxidant, it keeps the bad cholesterol from sticking to the artery walls. The darker the chocolate is, the more flavanols it contains. 

4. Berries

Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are the best types of fruits for seniors to eat. These fruits have nutrients and fiber that lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Berries are full of polyphenols, which are antioxidants that fight against free radicals. Berries also contain vitamin C, which can lower the risk of strokes. 

5. Fat-Free Dairy 

Dairy products contain vitamin D, which can reduce the risk of a stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases. Your loved one should eat and drink low-fat and fat-free dairy products. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products also contain calcium, which keeps the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles working correctly. 

The best dairy products seniors can eat to maintain a healthy heart include:

  • Soy
  • Cheese
  • Rice and almond milk
  • Yogurt

6. Olive Oil

Olive oil limits the saturated fat found in various types of meats and dairy products, and it can lower bad cholesterol and prevent fat from building up inside arteries. This non-hydrogenated oil can help your loved one maintain a healthy heart. He or she can also use safflower oil or canola oil.

Professional caregivers can help seniors maintain their health and stave off a number of health conditions such as heart disease. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, New Hampshire Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To learn about our revolutionary in-home care methods, call us at (603) 471-3004 today.