If your senior loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you might need to take a fresh look at his or her diet. The meals seniors eat throughout the day could impact their mood, mental clarity, energy levels, and overall happiness. No single food or ingredient can reverse this disorder, but maintaining a nutritious diet can enhance quality of life. Here are a few simple recipes that are perfect for seniors with Alzheimer’s.
1. Lentil Salad
Alzheimer’s disease causes the brain to shrink. A 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found vitamin B can slow the shrinking of the brain and prevent brain damage. Lentils are filled with vitamin B, and they’re the perfect addition to a salad. Putting a cup of cooked lentils in your loved one’s salad adds a creamy texture and rich flavor.
A healthy diet is a crucial part of a brain-healthy lifestyle. When aging adults develop Alzheimer’s disease, their families aren’t always able to provide the well-balanced diet they need. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
2. Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
Spinach is packed with nutrients, which is why so many dietitians classify this leafy green vegetable as a superfood. Raw spinach can be quite bland, but its flavors become much more complex after sautéing it for a few minutes. When combined with garlic and olive oil, this dish contains several antioxidants that can prevent brain damage and reduce general inflammation.
3. Roasted Vegetables with Turmeric
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and bok choy contain phytochemicals that are vital to brain health. Tossing these vegetables in olive oil and turmeric before roasting them adds flavor and enhances their texture. This simple recipe is very easy to follow. The turmeric in this dish contains a powerful compound known as curcumin. Preliminary studies have shown this compound could potentially break apart the brain plaque that causes Alzheimer’s.
As a busy family caregiver, you may not always have the time to prepare healthy meals for your loved one. In Rhode Island, at-home care providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
4. Cold Brew Coffee
Seniors who enjoy coffee should try cold brewing it in the refrigerator with some cinnamon and their favorite nut-based milk. Researchers from the University of South Florida recently discovered seniors who drank two to three cups of coffee per day were able to delay the symptoms of dementia. Some of these researchers believe coffee dilates the blood vessels and increases blood flow to the brain.
5. Ground Lamb Burgers
Omega-3 fatty acids are key to cognitive health. Lamb is an excellent alternative to wild fish, and it contains more omega-3 fatty acids than cod and tuna. Seniors who are intimidated by working with whole chunks of lamb can start off with easier dishes such as ground lamb burgers. When cooked correctly, ground lamb burgers taste almost identical to beef burgers.
Without the right assistance, Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors and their families to manage. If you’re looking for professional Alzheimer’s care, Rhode Island Home Care Assistance provides high-quality care aging adults and their families can count on. All of our hourly and live-in caregivers are trained to help seniors with Alzheimer’s live happier and healthier lives, and we also provide specialized dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Call us today at (401) 284-0979 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.