Foods that Can Help Seniors Manage MCI
Senior Care in New Brunswick NJ
Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is a form of cognitive decline that is more severe than what is normal for aging but not as severe as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. As adults reach the age of 65, they are at a higher risk for developing MCI. In fact, about 10 to 15% of adults in this age group have MCI to some degree. When your loved one faces an MCI diagnosis, it can be concerning for you as the caregiver. However, MCI can be managed and there are certain lifestyle changes that can lower a senior’s risk for having their MCI progress. In addition, these lifestyle changes are a great way for seniors to try and prevent MCI. One important lifestyle change is changing the diet. To improve memory and cognitive function, research has shown that eating more foods with folate, a B vitamin, can be very effective. Here are just a few folate-rich foods that you may want to try adding to your loved one’s healthy diet:
Mangoes are sweet, juicy, and refreshing, and an enjoyable treat for people of all ages. For seniors, however, mangoes can be a great source of folate. Since they are also a great source of the nutrients fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A, they are an excellent food for seniors to eat on a regular basis. Try adding chopped mango to oatmeal, yogurt, or even vanilla ice cream.
Green, Leafy Vegetables
Veggies like spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, and arugula are rich in folate. In addition to their many other health benefits, these vegetables, when eaten regularly, may help to aid memory because of their high folate content. Try eating them on salads or cooked in soups.
Beans and Legumes
Lima beans, green peas, kidney beans, lentils, and black-eyed peas are all excellent sources of folate. In addition, beans and legumes are a great source of fiber, making them a healthy addition to any senior’s healthy diet. Most beans go well in soups and stews, or eaten on their own as a side dish!
Avocados are loaded with healthy fats as well as folate, making them a great choice for seniors. Even though they are a “fatty” fruit, they are a heart-healthy food and a brain-healthy food, too. Sliced avocados can be added to sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Or, they can be made into a yummy dip – guacamole.
If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home senior care in New Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.
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