Nutrition for Seniors

Eat What’s in Season for Healthy Aging

November 23, 2020
Collard greens and apples

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential for healthy aging. Eating at least five servings daily—three of vegetables and two of fruit—has been linked to lowering the risk of chronic disease, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. As the seasons change, however, you may notice the price of your favorite produce changing…

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Be Active Every Day to Improve Your Life

October 16, 2020
Seniors active in the fall

Exercise has many physical and cognitive benefits. Physical activity can improve sleep, mood and balance, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Exercise also may reduce the risk of developing dementia. Even though the pandemic means many of us are spending more time at home, we can stay…

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Drink up: Preventing Dehydration in Older Adults

September 17, 2020
Flavored water can help older adults stay hydrated

Did you know that as we age, our sense of thirst decreases? This means that, even though we still need to consume fluids regularly, we may not feel thirsty. Dehydration can exacerbate the negative effects of chronic conditions and even lead to hospitalization. So, don’t wait until you feel thirsty to consume fluids! Sometimes thirst…

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Indianapolis Area Farmers Markets and Senior Hours

August 18, 2020
Woman shopping for peaches at the local farmers market

We all know about the vast amount of evidence showing the importance of fruits and vegetables for physical and cognitive health, but most Hoosiers struggle with getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diet.  Luckily, supporting local farmers markets is a win-win. Farmers markets are a great way to buy fresh, locally grown produce and…

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Quarantine Nutrition Tips

May 21, 2020
Staying Healthy During COVID-19 Quarantine

It’s important that we all maintain a healthy diet and be as active as we can even during quarantine. This is especially true for older adults. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising are known to boost the immune system. With COVID-19 as a threat, we need to make sure that we are doing everything in…

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Special Store Hours for Seniors and Vulnerable Populations

April 13, 2020
Special Shopping Hours for Seniors and Vulnerable Population in Indianapolis

During this uncertain time, it’s important to know and have all the resources possible, especially for vulnerable populations like older adults and those with underlying health conditions who are most at risk from COVID-19. As you know, the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and staying at home apply to everyone, not just older adults. But…

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Fuel Your Mind

March 11, 2020
Mind Diet Brain Healthy Foods

We have all heard that eating certain foods builds muscles or makes strong bones, but what about eating food that fuels your mind? That’s a question the Meals & More staff at CICOA has been researching. Through our research, we have discovered brain health resources, diet tips and recipes that can be used by people…

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A New Focus on Nutrition and Dementia

January 31, 2020
Meals and Nutrition for Seniors

As the number of people impacted by dementia continues to rise globally, research indicates the need for additional nutrition and dietetic supports for caregivers and their care recipients.  In response to this need, CICOA’s Meals & More nutrition blog in 2020 will have a new focus on nutrition and dementia research, creating resources for caregivers,…

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Taking Kitchen Inventory for Safety

October 28, 2019
Taking Kitchen Inventory for Safety

It’s not often we think about whether our microwave is in the optimal place, not to mention what we keep on our counters, where our throw rugs are placed, the lighting or flooring in our kitchens, or expiration dates on food. Yet each of these can cause kitchen safety issues for older adults. Let’s help…

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When in Doubt, Toss it Out!

August 26, 2019
When in Doubt toss it out

Nothing says summer like an outdoor picnic or enjoying a meal of refreshing, cold foods. But summer or winter, healthy eating involves not only what you eat, but also maintaining proper food temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 85 percent of all food-borne illness could be prevented if people handled food…

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