By reading this feature, you will learn more about these practical takeaways:
- Because there is no best diet or exercise for older adults, a good approach is to help them identify activities that they like to do and an eating pattern that is sustainable. For the author, what is motivating is to be able to lift a suitcase in the overhead bin when traveling and be able to lift a 50-pound bag of dog food.
- Protein intake is important for all active people and even more so for older adults. Anabolic resistance of aging muscle means a higher intake of dietary protein is needed to build, maintain, and repair muscle.
- Highlight successful older athletes to motivate older adults to get and stay active.
- Encourage a hydration strategy to help older adults overcome normal age changes to thirst and body water changes.
Christine Rosenbloom, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, is owner of Chris Rosenbloom Food & Nutrition Services, LLC, providing nutrition consulting, writing, and media work to a variety of clients. She is the co-author (with Dr. Bob Murray) of Food & Fitness After 50. She is a professor emerita of Nutrition at Georgia State University. For 30 years, she held various teaching and administrative positions at Georgia State, including department chair and associate dean for academics. She has more than 20 years of experience as a sports dietitian at the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and at Georgia State Athletic Association.
Disclosure: Clif Nutrition Advisory Council (Clif Bar & Co), consultant with The Ginger Network, a food marketing firm, Advisory Board Member of the IOC Sports Nutrition Diploma Program.