Why is senior nutrition important?

Seniors and Nutrition: How to Eat Right for Healthy Aging

Seniors and Nutrition: How to Eat Right for Healthy Aging

Like our activity levels, as we age our metabolisms tend to slow down.  This can lead to a change in appetite, because the body now needs fewer calories than it used to need. However, when seniors begin to skip meals or make poor food choices, their nutrition and overall health can begin to suffer.

Maintaining healthy senior eating habits are vital to overall quality of life. Poor nutrition leads to weight loss or a jeopardized immune system, making seniors more susceptible to illness and infections, and can even make it more difficult to recuperate from an injury.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, a healthy diet can even reduce the risk for cancer and other diseases, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

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Healthy Aging through Proper Senior Nutrition

Today’s seniors are living longer than ever before because they know the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. However, because our tastes and appetites can start to change, sometimes it can be difficult to keep up those healthy senior nutrition habits. Or, perhaps you’ve developed some unhealthier behaviors, like being unable to resist dessert or salty snacks before bedtime.

Here are just a few ways to help maintain healthy aging through proper senior eating habits:

Plan your meals ahead of time.

Living in a CCRC like Galloway Ridge, you’ll have meal plans and access to three restaurants as well as an English-style pub, all offering amazing menus that utilize the best seasonal ingredients. However, if you’re living independently and cooking on your own, every week you should spend some time devising a healthy meal plan. This way, you can shop for only the ingredients you’ll need to help you stay on track.

Don’t skip breakfast.

Most of us have it ingrained in our brains that we eat our biggest meal at dinnertime, but studies show that we should actually be eating the most food earlier in the day. Starting your day with a large, healthy breakfast and lunch keeps your body fueled up for the entire day. Eating less at dinner will help you avoid dozing off right after you’ve consumed the majority of your calories, too.

Prepare healthy snacks

Snacking on “convenient” foods like bags of chips or cookies might seem convenient at the time, but the lack of nutritional value in these snacks isn’t doing your body any good at all. Instead, chop up some veggies and store them in handy snack-size containers, along with other foods like trail mix, dried fruit or whole grain crackers. When you need a quick snack, it’ll be just as easy to grab something healthy!

Lastly, since our bodies also thrive on routine, set a regular eating schedule for your meals and snack times. Seniors with proper eating habits will feel better overall, and can even live a longer, stronger life.

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Enriching culture with retirement community events and history

Galloway Ridge began 10 years ago and has developed an amazing community culture since its inception. Our residents make a difference in Chatham County through their support of the Community Grant Program. In 2013, a total of $60,500 was donated to 16 organizations in the form of grants. Our residents also contributed their time by volunteering, and gave a total of over 20,000 hours of their time both at Galloway Ridge and other local organizations.

Quality Programs for Retired Residents

Galloway Ridge offers water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, step classes, dance aerobics, strength, flexibility and balance classes. You will never be short of things to do! To enrich everyone’s lifestyle, our talented and hard-working Active Living team puts together an extraordinary program of events for you to participate in, should you desire. All our activities cover the eight dimensions of wellness, to help you achieve a stimulating and well-balanced lifestyle. Get ready to have a wonderful time!

Comprehensive Service and Continuing Lifecare for Seniors

Galloway Ridge at Fearrington is the first and only comprehensive LifeCare community in this area. LifeCare is the most extensive and inclusive service contract, and it distinguishes Galloway Ridge from other Life Plan communities. A LifeCare contract guarantees that, for a one-time entrance fee and a monthly service fee, Galloway Ridge will provide residents with high quality, unlimited Assisted living, Skilled nursing or Memory care on-site in our Arbor, should it be needed, at almost no additional cost.


  • 2 and 3 bedroom homes ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 sq. ft.
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  • 18 luxurious floor plans ranging from 815 to 1,700 sq. ft.

  • Generous master bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens

  • Three restaurants, English-style pub and dining events

  • Health care center offers residents high quality care in a beautiful setting


  • 49 seat cinema with regular movie showings

  • Library/Media resource center

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