Healthy Eating Week: Embracing Healthy Ageing Through Nutrition

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At Home Instead Hammersmith and Chiswick, we understand the significant impact nutrition has on our health, especially as we age. Our outstanding care professionals are fully trained in nutrition, and we also have a dedicated in-house nutritionist to assist as required. As we celebrate Healthy Eating Week, it's the perfect time to focus on the role nutrition plays in healthy ageing. Following a balanced diet not only helps us feel our best today but also supports a healthy and active future. When considering nutrition and ageing, maintaining muscle mass with adequate protein intake and supporting cognitive health through brain-friendly foods are key areas to focus on.

The Importance of Healthy Ageing

Healthy ageing is about more than just adding years to our lives; it's about adding life to our years. As we age, our body undergo various changes that can affect our health and wellbeing. A well-rounded diet can help manage these changes, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and improve overall quality of life. By focusing on nutrition, we can enhance our physical health, boost our immune system, and maintain our energy levels.

Protein: The Powerhouse for Ageing Muscles

Protein is a crucial nutrient for everyone, but it becomes increasingly important as we age. Our muscles naturally lose mass and strength over time, a condition known as sarcopenia. Consuming adequate protein can help slow this process, preserving muscle mass and function. Incorporating protein-rich foods such as lean meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, beans, and legumes into our diet can provide the necessary building blocks for muscle repair and growth.

It's also essential to spread protein intake evenly throughout the day—rather than consuming it all in one meal—as this can be more effective in supporting muscle maintenance.

Brain Health: Nourishing the Mind

Our brains, like our bodies, require proper nutrition to function optimally. Certain nutrients have been shown to support cognitive health and may help protect against age-related cognitive decline. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon and trout, are known for their brain-boosting properties. These healthy fats support brain structure and function and may even enhance memory and learning.

Antioxidant-rich foods, such as berries, nuts, and dark leafy greens, help combat oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which can negatively impact brain health. Incorporating a variety of these nutrient-dense foods into your diet can help keep your brain sharp and resilient as you age.

Help in Food Preparation

At Home Instead, we provide comprehensive services to cover all aspects of food preparation: meal planning, shopping, cooking, batch cooking, monitoring nutrition and hydration, and assistance with recycling. Our in-house nutritionist is also available when a specialist nutrition plan is required, such as for weight management, diabetes, or specific neurological conditions. Our care professionals receive specialist nutritional training, as well as engage in cooking and recipe exchange activities.


Healthy Eating Week is an ideal time to reassess and refresh our dietary habits. By prioritising protein intake for muscle health and consuming brain-friendly foods, we can support our body and mind in the journey of successful ageing. Remember, the choices we make today lay the foundation for a healthier, more vibrant tomorrow. Embrace the power of nutrition and take proactive steps towards a long and fulfilling life.

Contact us, on 0208 746 1213 to schedule a discovery call and see how you can benefit from our meal preparation service.

Home Instead Hammersmith & Chiswick

June 14, 2024

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