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PAGE 12B HERITAGE FLORIDA IEWISH 16 lm (ARA)---Just like people of needed to maintain goodless of an appetite. Some any other age group, seniors health and ease the aging people also experience a should pay attention to what process, decrease in their sense of theyeatanddrink.Aspeople For some older adults, taste and smell, which age their bodies become less however, getting propermakes food less appealing. forgiving, and it takes more nutrition is a challenge. Others may enjoy food less of an effort to stay fit. More Many are less active than because of dentures, or be- than ever, a healthy diet is they used to be, and have cause their appetites are E SCHICK S, INC. Solomon F. Schick, C.EE Beth S. Schick, J.D LL.M. Certified Financial Planner Estate Planning Million Dollar Round Table Member Estate Planning and Disability Income Fixed and Variable* Life Insurance Employee Benefits, Long Term Care and Mutual Funds* PLANNING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND 204 N. 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As a person ages, lean body mass is lost and body fat increases. Too much fat is especially dangerous for those who have risk factors for heart disease, some types of can- cer and high blood pressure. Seniors may reduce fat and cholesterol by limiting the addition of butter, marga- rines, oils and creams to foods and choosing lean cuts of meat such as chicken, fish and pork loin. Keep an eye on salt in- take. Some salt is necessary, but some seniors should avoid foods with a lot of so- dium, especially if they are prone to high blood pres- sure. High blood pressure is dense and low in fat. also another factor leading who are overweight to increased risk of heart an increased risk disease, kidney disease and disease, stroke and stroke. Choosing fresh or Eating avariety frozen vegetables instead of cludingfresh canned, avoiding processed etables, limiting meats such as hotdogs and foods such as chi salami as well as selecting tingactiveever low sodium soups, can help with weight control. reduce sodium intake. It is crucial for Bones weaken as a per- over 60 to son ages. Seniors can ira- ter. Dehydration is prove the strength of their the most frequent- bones by eating calcium-rich hospitalization for foods such as low-fat dairy erly. As a person products, leafy green veg- waterin thebod, etables and canned fish like and there is often a salmon or sardines. Re- senseofthirst.A search shows that proper not drink enough to nutrition and exercise can the body's needs reduce the risk ofosteoporo- 8 glasses a da~ sis by 50 percent or more. increase Women are especially prone water by eating ice to this bone disease, and creating a routine should consider planning ing a glass first thin their meals accordingly, morning, replacing Fiber can be more im- beverages suchas portant thanever. Eatingad- water and eating equate amounts can help high water content prevent constipation and homemade soups, gastrointestinal disease, desserts, melons, High fiber foods include le- fresh fruits. gumes, fresh fruits and veg- Beverly etables, dried fruits, whole wants to remind grain breads and cereals, members to be awarei bran, nuts and seeds, particular Calories count. As a per- of seniors. The ri son ages, they become less make abig active and their need for health and well calories to maintain an ad- loved one. equate weight decreases. 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