Fuel The Mind With Food At Transitional Assisted Living In Cincinnati

Check out our list of nutrient dense foods that are great for both your body and mind!


We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” But did you know that on some level, you think how you eat, too? That’s why we put such a big focus on healthy dining here at Central Parke Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living, an all-inclusive retirement community in Mason, OH, near Cincinnati.

We put our residents’ health first with various offerings for the betterment of our residents, including a robust Memory Care Enrichment Program. Included in this overall enrichment program are well-balanced meals that can help with weight management and energy levels and reduce the risk of certain health conditions. We offer a 24-7 dining style meal service with thoughtfully planned, well-balanced meals from our executive chef referencing the M.I.N.D. diet.

The M.I.N.D. Diet’s Background

Our incredible chefs curate meals based on the research-backed diet, the M.I.N.D. diet by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. This research has proven that eating foods from ten different types of food and avoiding five other groups may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive degeneration by as much as 53 percent. Our goal is that the MIND Diet, paired with our memory care programs, will foster brain health and help prevent memory loss.

The MIND diet consists of food groups that are recommended and considered brain-healthy which are listed below.

Recommended M.I.N.D. Diet Food Groups

  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, cabbage, and kale
  • Other vegetables include carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.
  • Nuts like cashews, almonds, peanuts, pecans, and pistachios
  • Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries
  • Beans such as pinto, lima, garbanzo, and black beans
  • Whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, popcorn, and whole-grain bread
  • Fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, and trout
  • Poultry such as chicken and turkey
  • Olive oil

In addition to these recommended foods, there are five food groups that should be avoided or eaten in moderation:

Reduce These Food Groups

  • Red meat like beef, lamb, pork, and goat
  • Butter and margarine
  • Cheeses
  • Pastries and sweets like donuts, cake, and ice cream
  • Fried or fast food

Fueling The Mind At Central Parke Memory Care

Our chefs always try to work with fresh ingredients and incorporate ingredients from the M.I.N.D. diet. However, you don’t need to be one of our talented chefs to enjoy trying to include these foods on your own! Our chef-created meals are nutritious and delicious, but because the MIND Diet recommendations are so flexible, we believe that it’s easy to find recipes you love and can recreate at home with these delicious ingredients.

We also encourage our residents to indulge in the delicious comfort food options the chef prepares every once in a while (after all, everything is fine in moderation!) Our menus change daily and are updated weekly, but we always welcome new ideas. If you have a favorite recipe, let a member of our friendly staff know, and we’ll see if our Executive Chef can prepare it for everyone!

Central Parke Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care is the perfect place for you if you’re looking for an all-inclusive transitional assisted living or memory care facility. We encourage a wide range of activities in our community’s calendar, including socializing opportunities, physical exercises, and mental exercises for our residents to feel fulfilled and well-rounded. We know that you or your loved one would be happy here. While you are here, you can always try out a meal on us when you tour the community!

Contact our friendly staff to learn more about Memory Care at our facility near Cincinnati, Central Parke or to schedule a tour!

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