The Importance of an Eating Plan

Jasmine Moore
Dietary Manager
Arlington Court Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Nutrition is an intricate part in each of our lives but even more so as we age. We all know our bodies change as we age and so do our taste buds. We may hate broccoli as we are children but learn to love it in our 20s. Unfortunately as we become older we may lose our sense of smell or some of our taste buds. If we lose these senses we tend to lose our appetite which can lead to physical problems like weight loss, bone density loss from lack of vitamins, and other physiological problems.

Eating Plan

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that two eating plans to focus on good eating habits in older persons.

One is the USDA food pattern and the second is called DASH (dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)

The USDA Food Patterns suggest people 50 and older should eating the following each day:

  1. 5 cups – 2.5 cups of Fruits
  2. 2 – 3.5 cups of Veggies
  3. 5 – 10 ounces of Grains
  4. 5- 7 ounces of Protein
  5. 3 cups of fat free or low – fat milk (Dairy)
  6. 5 – 8 teaspoons of oils (nuts, olives, avocado)

If you’d like to know if the DASH program is right for you follow this link:

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services DASH eating plan

Here at Arlington Court we strive to provide an eating plan that is health conscious and comforting as if the resident is still eating at their home. We also provide residents the opportunity to vote on which special meal they would like that month. For example last month the resident’s voted on a homemade taco bar and for April they voted for a breakfast bar with waffles, omelets, and blueberry pancakes. We do our best to ensure the nutrition values are met for each resident as well as provide home cooked meals that the residents will have interest in.