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The Most Important Meal of the Day… Especially for Seniors



A balanced, nutritious breakfast is a great way to kick off the day no matter how old you are. But for seniors, breakfast can be particularly important.

 

If you have a parent or loved one who still lives on their own, it can be especially important for you to help them make breakfast a priority. It can be difficult to help them develop a new habit, especially if breakfast hasn’t been important in the past.

 

Here are six great reasons why seniors should make time – and make the effort – to have breakfast every day:

 

Breakfast keeps the brain fueled. 


A good breakfast helps maintain mental function, including better cognitive performance, enhanced attentiveness, and coordination. These are especially beneficial to seniors who may be dealing with lack of focus or issues with balance that can come with aging. 


Breakfast provides essential energy.


People who eat breakfast were more likely to maintain a healthy weight and stay physically active. For seniors, a nutritious breakfast rich in vitamins, proteins, healthy fats, and fiber can help reduce daily fatigue and support daily tasks.


Breakfast helps balance blood sugar.


Skipping breakfast can lead to increased blood sugar levels and a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A balanced breakfast helps regulate blood sugar, promoting overall health.


Breakfast promotes healthy eating throughout the day. 


Seniors who start their day with a nutritious breakfast tend to make better food choices throughout the day, avoiding unhealthy snacks, reducing the risk of overeating and consuming high-calorie foods.


Breakfast supports medication metabolism.


Nutrients are an important part of metabolizing medications, which makes breakfast particularly important to seniors who regularly take medications.  Ensuring medications are as effective as possible is a foundational step toward maintaining health and vitality.

 

For seniors who aren’t comfortable cooking – or prefer not to – there are plenty of no-cook options for breakfast at home. Fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, whole grain breads, steel cut oats and even cold cereal can provide a substantial number of vitamins and nutrients with little effort. If weekly meal preparation is a possibility, the options can expand to include premade waffles, hard-boiled eggs, or high-protein toast spreads such as avocado or hummus. Work with your parent or family member to choose options that are appetizing and nutritious so breakfast becomes something to look forward to.


Ensure good nutrition throughout the day.


If breakfast – and other meals – has become a challenge for your senior family member, an assisted living facility may provide a better alternative to living alone. The Legacy in Tuscaloosa not only provides the medical and personal support that seniors may require, they also offer three nutritious hot meals a day, plus access to healthy snacks and beverages throughout the day.


At The Legacy, meals don’t just provide sustenance; they offer a chance to socialize with other residents in the facility’s dining room. And on some occasions, meals become special events on their own, like Pancakes and PJs, featuring breakfast favorites and specialty mocktails to add to the fun.


Learn more about The Legacy Assisted Living


Free from the responsibilities and stress of maintaining a home, residents at The Legacy Assisted Living can enjoy new friends, new experiences, and new days. Our goal is to provide a holistic, caring family environment while ensuring safety, security, and peace of mind while nurturing independence and well-being. The Legacy Assisted Living has caring staff available 24 hours a day, with a goal of personal freedom while remaining safe and active in a supportive home atmosphere. The Legacy Assisted Living is locally owned and operated with elite medical partners both onsite and off campus. Our vision is a small community environment focused on caring, family values, and supporting individual’s independence and well-being. To learn more about The Legacy, please call (205) 344-2855 today.

 

 

 

 

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