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Foods for Seniors That Promote Brain Health


As you or a loved one ages, diet becomes more important than ever. Older adults are at risk for malnutrition due to chronic conditions that affect their memory, their appetite, a changed metabolism, and dietary restrictions. Here are a few menu ideas that are known to promote brain and memory function.

Fatty Fish

If you’re looking for healthy food for seniors, fatty fish are a great catch-all. The omega-3 fatty acids present in tuna, mackerel, and salmon have a variety of health benefits that help the heart and increase blood flow to the brain.


Turmeric is a spice that is the key ingredient in curry powder. It contains curcumin, which studies suggest benefit memory, ease depression, and boost brain cell growth.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage

These cruciferous vegetables have been shown to reduce cognitive decline. They all contain the chemical compound sulforaphane that studies suggest are responsible for helping preserve memories, promote learning, and even help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa content is a known antioxidant, but it’s also great for senior health. It contains flavonoids that gather in areas of the brain associated with learning and memory. Researchers believe it can enhance memory retention and slow mental decline.


Studies show that eggs could single-handedly reduce your dementia risk by 30%. Eggs contain several nutrients that are associated with brain health, such as vitamin B6 and B12, folate, and choline. Choline in particular helps with mood and memory retention.


Kale is a leafy green that contains glucosinolates and a flavonol that studies show help promote brain health. There’s a reason kale is called a superfood, it has a variety of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that are great for senior health.

At Careage, our senior living communities offer a range of dining options with chronic condition management and specialized diet options, so you or your loved one stay happy and healthy. Find out more about a location near you.


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