Geriatrics and Extended Care
Well-Being: Eat Healthy
Your body changes with age. So do your nutritional needs. You may not be thirsty and forget to drink or food may not taste the same. Your diet may need to change as part of your efforts to manage conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Ask for a referral to a dietitian, if needed.
- Drink enough water and make healthy choices
- Eat whole grains and lean protein
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Limit salt, sweets, and unhealthy fats
Your medications may interact with certain foods. Ask your primary care provider if there are diet changes you need to make to avoid food/drug interactions.
Programs that Work for Veterans
The programs and resources listed below are offered in communities throughout the U.S. and are not specifically endorsed by the VA. Open the link to learn more about the program/resource and to find a location near you.
Learn ways to:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Be active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week
- Tool that adjusts the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “My Plate” serving recommendations to meet the needs of older adults
- Tips and recommendations on eating wisely to maximize your health.
- List of resources that offer nutritional guidance to seniors
- A national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
- Helpful articles and nutritional guidance to older adults, such as prevention of foodborne illnesses (“food poisoning”)
- Food benefits programs for seniors
- U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA) Articles: