The Impact of Nutrition and Exercise on Assisted Living Residents

As we age, our bodies and minds undergo numerous changes that can have a significant impact on our health and well-being. For residents of Assisted Living Facilities, these changes can be particularly hard to overcome, and can require significant effort. Two critical factors that have a positive impact on the health and quality of life of seniors are nutrition and exercise. Older adults are at risk for many chronic diseases that can be directly combatted with healthy eating and an active lifestyle! Let’s explore the impact that these two factors can have on residents in assisted living facilities below.


Diet plays a significant role in your health. As seniors are already at high risk for nutrition related disorders, having a healthy diet is imperative. Older adults generally have difficulty absorbing nutrients from food, and conditions they are facing may make it more challenging for them to maintain a proper diet. Aging seniors may become forgetful, their appetites can lessen, and it can be increasingly difficult to make or attain healthy meals.

A healthy diet can combat the effects of malnutrition, keep residents at a healthy weight with healthy bone mass, boost their immune system, improve cognitive function, and more. We know that the mind and the gut are linked, and that a healthy diet not only prepares residents for healthy bodies, but it also helps their minds. Proper nutrition plays a vital role in mental health and cognitive function. At Millview of Latham, our dining services are designed with individual residents needs in mind! Our staff prepares delicious, home-cooked meals for all residents, keeping in mind all special diets and accommodations. We also have a dietician available for nutritional education and meal planning!


Maintaining an active lifestyle is beneficial for so many reasons. Exercise is proven to prevent diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and for seniors, light exercise like walking can cause significant improvements in their quality of life. Exercise also helps to decrease the risk of falls. A fall for an older adult can be disastrous and can cause a complete interruption of their daily life and their independence.

Not only is exercise physically beneficial, but it helps to improve mental health. Exercise produces endorphins, which are feel good hormones. These hormones help to alleviate stress, improve sleep, and exercise is a great factor in improving mobility. The more a resident is able to get up and move, the more likely they are to engage with other residents and increase their social interactions. Seniors are at high risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, and more. Staying active can help to combat these issues!

Learn More About Our Assisted Living Facility!

At Millview of Latham, our goal is to provide every resident with delicious, nutritious meals, and the opportunity to exercise and get their bodies moving daily. We know the value of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and work to help our resident improve and maintain their quality of life. Contact our team today to learn more about our Assisted Living Facility!


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