As a leading provider of hourly and live-in care in New Hampshire, we help many seniors with meal preparation, and always recommend healthy, vitamin-rich foods. As springtime approaches, we encourage clients to visit the local farmers’ market and check out the fresh, locally grown and organic fruits available. Fruits are also a favorite among caregivers as they can be easily added to any meal of the day or enjoyed as a nutritious snack!
Besides containing high amounts of dietary fiber, which is essential to maintain seniors’ colon health, these five spring fruits have many health benefits that benefit the aging population. Whether your loved one likes their fruit juicy and sweet, or tart and tangy, these nutrition-packed fruits cannot be overlooked in a healthy senior diet.
- Apricots – Apricots are low in fat and contain no saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium. The vitamin A in apricots also helps to maintain eyesight in aging eyes and can prevent night blindness.
- Oranges– The vitamin C in oranges is essential for housebound or disabled seniors who don’t get out into the sun, as it helps repair and maintain cartilage, bones, teeth, and skin. Vitamin C also helps heal wounds, which is important to seniors as their skin thins and is more prone to injury.
- Strawberries – Strawberries are high in vitamin C. In fact, one helping contains half of the daily requirement. This miraculous vitamin not only boosts immunity, but helps prevent cataracts and protects eyes from UV ray damage. The phytochemical ellagic acid in strawberries has anti-cancer properties and prevents wrinkles by preventing collagen destruction.
- Pineapple – Pineapples contain 75 percent of the daily requirement of manganese, which helps to develop strong connective tissue and may help prevent osteoporosis in aging adults. The two main enzymes in pineapple, papain and bromelain, also aid in digestion and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.
- Cherries – Cherries, especially tart cherries boost antioxidant activity, which can help reduce the risk for conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Cherries are also high in melatonin, a vitamin that regulates seniors’ sleep-wake cycles and aids in restful sleep.
Fruit is an essential part of the senior diet, with New Hampshire senior care specialists and nutritionists recommending 2-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Fruits provide fiber for digestive health, along with a multitude of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that build and protect seniors’ muscles and vital organs. Include fresh, frozen or dried fruit in your senior’s diet every day to maintain their health and vitality.
Does your loved one need help getting to the grocery store? Perhaps he or she could use assistance with nutritious meal preparation. Whatever the reason, reach out to Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire today and learn how our highly trained and compassionate in-home caregivers can benefit your parent or loved one. Request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager by calling 603-471-3004 – we’re here to help 24/7.