Click here to print this page

Planning Retirement Online

How to eat well over 60

In your 60s and 70s you may think about retiring or taking more of a back seat, but there are many ways you can make a big difference to your health.
Your metabolism slows down as you age, so you don’t need to eat as much as you used to. But that doesn’t mean you should skip meals. Your body still needs regular supplies of energy to stay healthy, so have the same number of meals but smaller portions. The key to eating well over 60 is making sure you get all the nutrients you need in your diet. Here are some suggestions:   

  • Iron: our bodies find it harder to absorb iron from our diet as we age so you may need to up your intake of iron-rich foods such as pulses, oily fish and lean meat, or take a supplement
  • Calcium: you lose bone density and strength after 60, so eat calcium rich foods such as milk, cheese, broccoli and cabbage to help prevent osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D: helps your body absorb calcium. Get it from sunlight and eggs
  • Omega 3 fatty acid: this is a vital nutrient, helping to oil your joints as you get older. Find it in oily fish and eggs
  • Fibre: your digestive system finds it harder to break things down as you age. Help it out by eating fibre rich foods such as oats and wholegrains

Get more tips and information on eating well from AXA PPP Healthcare’s website.

Want to find out more?

Jelf’s healthcare specialists can help put appropriate insurances in place to protect your health and wellbeing in later life. If you’d like to discuss any specific healthcare insurance requirements with one of Jelf’s healthcare advisers, simply:

*This information is taken from the following AXA PPP Healthcare website: https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/health-worries/lifes-journey/article/forties-and-fifties/ Copyright Press Association 2014

Back to LaterLife Interest Index


Bookmark This Share on Facebook Receive more like this

 

Latest Articles:

Health food of the month: Prawns


prawns

Prawns add flavour and health at any time of year, these easy to cook little crustaceans make a perfect addition to many recipes.

more

AXA Health:
Tips to delay dementia and boost your brain power

Older woman struggling to recall a memory

According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, there are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with that figure set to rise to 2 million by 2051.

more

White wine might also have health benefits

Glasses of wine

There have been some interesting reports in recent media about the health benefits of white wine and how white as well as red can provide good levels of antioxidants and other benefits.

more

Gene therapy – The future of our health

Gene therapy

Gene therapy is hugely exciting. Whether it will fulfil its promise and in future years produce terrific treatments for many health problems we don’t know but at the moment, although still in its early stages, the results are very encouraging.

more

Back to LaterLife Health Section

Visit our Pre-retirement Courses section here on laterlife or our dedicated Retirement Courses site

Bookmark


Advertise on laterlife.com