The best conditions for a self-determined and healthy life at any age are a balanced and age-appropriate diet along with adequate exercise. Different foods have different benefits, but a group of so-called “superfoods” appear to rise above others because of their exceptional nutritional value, says Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure Senior Living. As chief executive officer for the company, Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure has had extensive experience with the senior population. Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure knows that from the second half of life, it is increasingly important to maintain a fitness and health routine. At older ages, the body, daily habits, and overall abilities change, points out Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure. According to Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure, seniors should now increasingly turn to a healthy diet. Below, Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure talks about superfoods and the benefits they provide.
Presentation Solutions: Welcome to Presentation Solutions, and thank you for joining us.
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Thanks for having me.
Presentation Solutions: Why is it crucial for seniors to maintain a healthy diet?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: After we turn 50, our bodies start to remember pretty much everything we eat and any diet sins are no longer forgotten. The body now takes longer to recover. Metabolism slows down and therefore the daily caloric intake needs to be reduced.
Presentation Solutions: Many seniors appear underweight. Why do you think that is?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: As we age, our natural hunger and thirst decrease and food tastes less intensively. Also, shopping and cooking can be more difficult in some circumstances. All this can lead to malnutrition in seniors.
Presentation Solutions: What are superfoods?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe foods with high phytonutrient content that may confer extra health benefits.
Presentation Solutions: What is a popular superfood that’s prepared at Bonaventure Senior Living?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Our chefs prepare nutritious and delicious food every day. One of the most popular dishes is salmon. Salmon is a superfood as it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can reduce heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Presentation Solutions: Not everyone likes or eats fish. What would you recommend for a vegetarian?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Asparagus, blueberries, quinoa. Blueberries are high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. Asparagus has been found to protect the prostate. Quinoa is a complete protein and filled with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
Presentation Solutions: Is there a super breakfast food?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Our residents really enjoy oatmeal. Oatmeal is low fat, high in protein and full of iron and other minerals. Greek yogurt contains protein and digestive-friendly probiotics.
Presentation Solutions: What about desserts?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Fresh fruits and berries make simple, yet tasty desserts. Some studies indicate that consuming small amounts of dark chocolate on a regular basis can lower blood pressure and decrease the rate of stroke in women.
Presentation Solutions: Is there a certain way superfoods should be eaten?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Some foods contain higher levels of nutrients when they are fresh, while others have nutrients that are more available to the body when they are cooked or combined with fat.
Presentation Solutions: Can seniors get the benefits of superfoods in daily vitamins or supplements?
Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: No, a pill can never replace the whole food.
Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure is in the business of providing comfort and value to seniors who seek an independent and fulfilling lifestyle. Kelley Hamilton and Bonaventure staff deliver care that keeps seniors safe, healthy and happy. Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure currently resides in Oregon.