Nutrition for Seniors

10 Tips for Adding Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet

February 17, 2021
Whole Wheat Fusilli Pasta With Vegetables

Eating fruits and vegetables is important for healthy aging and may help you live independently for longer. A high-quality diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables may also reduce one’s risk of dementia. Fortunately, eating fruits and vegetables does not have to be expensive. Buying canned, frozen, on sale, or in-season produce are all ways…

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5 Lifestyle Behaviors to Lower the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

January 22, 2021
Seniors Eating a Healthy Diet

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and by 2050 this number is expected to increase to 14 million. Fortunately, research has identified several lifestyle factors that correlate with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In one study from the National Institute on Aging, people who…

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10 Inexpensive Kitchen Gift Ideas for Seniors

December 14, 2020
Kitchen gift ideas for seniors and grandparents

Many traditions revolve around food, especially during the holidays. This holiday season, if you are looking for easy, inexpensive gift ideas for seniors, gifts that promote better nutrition can be fun and affordable. Consider pairing one of these useful kitchen items with one of the recipes found below, or pair with a favorite family recipe.…

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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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