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Foods That Will Help Lower the Cholesterol of Seniors

Senior Care Fort Myers FL

Senior Care Fort Myers FL

Senior adults with high cholesterol are often put onto a strict, tasteless diet that may forever change the way they feel about food. While this may be a good thing, especially for those who should lose a pound or two, it is difficult to get your loved one to eat the foods their body needs if it does not have an appealing taste.

What many people fail to realize is that healthy foods do not have to be bland. There are a wide variety of ways these foods can boost the health of senior adults without sacrificing taste. Older adults with mobility issues may need caregivers to assist with the grocery shopping or transportation to the store to pick up the following health food options.

High-Fiber Foods
Getting plenty of fiber each day can do wonderful things for the body, especially if it’s soluble fiber. Cholesterol absorption in the bloodstream can be reduced by adding soluble fiber to the elder’s diet. Oatmeal is an excellent source of soluble fiber and can have numerous toppings mixed in for a flavorful breakfast, including fruit, almonds, or yogurt. Adding bananas to a bowl of oatmeal can also add another 4 grams of fiber. If your loved one is not a big oatmeal fan, soluble fiber can also be found in kidney beans, prunes, barley, and apples.

Add Nuts to Your Diet
Whether the senior likes almonds, walnuts, or other types of tree nuts, this bite-sized food will help keep the bad cholesterol numbers low. By eating just a handful of nuts per day, they can reduce their high cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. Just make sure the elder chooses the non-salted, non-sugared variety.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce high blood pressure and the risk of developing blood clots, while also keeping the heart healthy and strong. This nutrient can be found in fish and should be eaten twice a week in order to reap all of the health benefits omega-3 fatty acids have to offer. For those who do not like salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, or other types of fish, an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, flaxseed, or canola oil can be used as a substitute.

Foods That Have Added Plant Sterols or Stanols
Plant sterols or stanols can be used to block the absorption of cholesterol and are found in a wide range of fortified drinks and food. Margarine, orange juice, and yogurt drinks are just a few of the foods that contain plant sterols or stanols. All that is needed each day is about two 8-ounce servings in order to get results.

High cholesterol can be a silent killer by increasing the risk of heart disease and other chronic health conditions. Adding these foods to your loved one’s diet may be just what they need to keep their cholesterol at a healthy range.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Fort Myers FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
Ted Wolfendale