The 7 best foods for seniors

Nearly half of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, but less than eight per cent actually follow through on their pledges, the Journal of Clinical Psychology reported last year.

And although New Year’s Day already passed, it’s never too late to set personal goals, and one great way to start 2013 is by eating healthier.

Courtesy of, here are seven of the best foods for people over the age of 50:

1/ Apples- These fruits can help to reduce cholesterol, so remember the old adage, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’

2/ Asparagus- Featuring the carotene lycopene, these vegetables can work to reduce the chances of contracting prostate cancer.

3/ Blueberries- Packed with Vitamins C and K, pick up a few of these berries the next time you’re at the grocery store.

4/ Broccoli- Full of fiber, this green vegetable can help boost your immune system.

5/ Butternut squash- If you want to keep your eyes strong, take advantage of the beta-carotene in butternut squash.

6/ Dark chocolate- To help protect your heart, enjoy a piece of dark chocolate for the antioxidants it provides.

7/ Coffee- Both regular and decaf, coffee can help prevent heart attacks.

Eating healthy can be convenient if you live in an assisted living community, but if you live alone and buy your own groceries, make sure to add these items to your next list.