Many seniors cope with health conditions related to aging, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, gout, chronic kidney disease, and even depression. All of those can impact senior mobility, their ability to cook, and understanding of the dietary needs for adults. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to help maintain senior health in one of the most enjoyable ways possible, such as the pleasure of a quality meal enjoyed within your community.
Some nutrition guidelines, such the DASH diet, developed by the American Heart Association or the ADA Diet for Diabetics, are specifically designed to address particular health conditions. Others are relatively similar for people of all ages, advising a high-fiber, low-sodium diet rich in plant-based foods, seafood, chicken, and legumes. It might seem like a lot to keep up with, but that’s where a retirement community like Maybelle Carter can come in handy. We provide the appropriate dietary needs for adults and seniors.
We have a chef on staff at our senior living facility to prepare a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, with options for residents with different tastes and dietary needs. Our dining room provides a space for seniors to not only eat right and eat well, but share that time with fellow residents and visitors to converse and socialize. This can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of seniors who were struggling with isolation or depression prior to joining a retirement community—two ailments that can also impact a seniors’ ability to keep up with nutritional needs.
After all, food isn’t just a matter of feeding the body. It’s about the soul, too. As American humorist, Lewis Grizzard put it, “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” We source local ingredients when possible and like to emphasize fresh, seasonal flavors. And as for Grizzard’s proverbial tomato, it’s never been easier to balance meals that emphasize fruits and vegetables first, then lean protein, and then carbohydrates and fats with a few indulgences here and there. Our residents love themed food days like "Chocolate Milk Shake Day", "Fortune Cookie Day", and "Cream-Filled Donut Day" and community activities such as Wine Down Wednesday and Summer Sipping at the Picnic Pavilion. We firmly believe that variety is the spice of life.
On the flip side of the occasional sweet treat, talk to your healthcare provider about which nutritional guidelines you should be following. Everyone’s body is a little different, depending on if you have a chronic condition, genetics, your weight, age, and other factors. Everyone will want slightly different proportions of, say, sugars, salts, or protein depending on the medications they take or if they have a condition like diabetes, Crohn's, or fatty liver. But once you find the right way for you to eat, we’re here to help. If a resident isn’t feeling his or her best, we offer short-term meal delivery to their room, and we can also help you stick to your doctor’s recommendations for what and what not to eat.
Our goal, in all areas of our Nashville senior community is to make your life as simple and enjoyable as possible. After all, this is your time to savor, whether it’s a yoga class, watercolor painting, or a warm slice of lasagna served up with new-found friends.
Written by: Meghan O'Dea