Nutritional Needs of Seniors

shschicagometro 08 Mar 2022

National Nutrition Month

For seniors, maintaining good nutrition is so important. As we age, maintaining healthy eating habits can make a difference in our overall health and mood, but the COVID19 pandemic made maintaining those healthy habits challenging. Some have been fearful of going to the grocery store, while others worried about affording healthy foods or hurting themselves while cooking. By not eating well or maintaining their health, seniors put themselves at risk of illnesses. It is time we move forward together and improve the lives of those we care for in our community.

March is National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics® for people to learn about making healthy food choices and habits. For seniors and their caregivers who may have experienced disruptions to their eating, shopping, and other healthy habits Seniors Helping Seniors® recommends they follow these tips from the USDA:

  1. Add sliced fruits and vegetables to meals and snacks. Shopping for pre-sliced varieties is a good alternative if slicing and chopping are a challenge.
  2. Ask your doctor for other options if the medications you take are causing changes to your appetite.
  3. Drink 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk throughout the day. If you cannot tolerate milk, try small amounts of yogurt, buttermilk, hard cheese, or lactose-free foods. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
  4. Consume foods fortified with vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals.
  5. Avoid salt and try adding spices such as oregano to flavor your meals.

Greater Chicago Food Depository®

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Greater Chicago Food Depository® serves older adults who often live on fixed incomes and are at risk of food insecurity. 36% of the households they serve include at least one person over the age of 60. We provide targeted support to reach this vulnerable population. The Food Depository provides food for Older Adult Community Markets throughout Cook County. In these markets, older adults can choose from a variety of fresh produce and nonperishable food items.

Resident and Produce Markets

The Food Depository began providing food items to low-income senior residences in 2007. This program helps stretch tight grocery budgets by providing older adults with nutritious food to prepare at home.

To find a food program catering to older adults near you, visit our find food map and select the “Older adult/senior program” filter under “More”.

Seniors Helping Seniors ®

Seniors Helping Seniors® provides a variety of services to support seniors so that they can maintain their independence and enjoy life not just in their homes, but also in their neighborhoods. These services include companionship, light housekeeping, cooking, and shopping support, assistance with personal care, dementia care, pet care, yard work, and medication reminders.

To start services call or text Seniors Helping Seniors® Chicago Metro at 312-526-3666 or visit our website at to learn more about us.

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