Senior nutrition is important. As we age we need to take care of our bodies in order to remain healthy.
Reasons Seniors May Not Be Eating Right
- Lack of Energy – Not eating can lead to a catch 22 situation where you lack energy from not eating right but are too tired to prepare meals. This is one very good reason for looking into in-home caregiving as part of your everyday care.
- Shopping Inconvenience – Many times it can be hard or inconvenient for seniors; especially when they’re dealing with health issues that can limit their ability to move. Having someone shop for you or take you shopping can be beneficial.
- Food Spoilage – We all know the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables; however, if you live alone or it’s just you and another person it may be hard to purchase fresh food items and eat them before they get bad. A good solution to help you eat fresh fruits and vegetables without having to throw away a lot of spoiled produce is to purchase fresh frozen.
- Large Recipes – Most recipes are created to feed families or groups of people; so making a recipe for one person is difficult. Healthy recipes for two can help you keep portions under control.
- Myths About Healthy Eating – There are many myths about aging and healthy eating; including thinking that it’s okay to put on weight as we age (it’s never healthy to be overweight), healthy eating is the same for everyone (seniors have different guidelines), or that it’s perfectly normal for seniors to lose their appetite as they age (this could be a sign of other health issues). These myths can result in seniors not meeting the nutritional needs they have and this is an important factor in aging well.
4 Ways to Instill Healthy Senior Nutrition
You can live alone and eat healthy. Here are a few suggestions on how to ensure you or a loved one eat healthy meals regularly.
- Meals on Wheels – Most areas have a Meals on Wheels program that will bring meals on a regular basis to your home. Check the Meals on Wheels website to see if they have a program in your area.
- In-Home Caregiving – An excellent resource for those who are aging or battling health issues; in-home caregiving can provide healthy meals in the comfort of your home. Depending upon the amount of caregiving decided upon, caregivers can provide up to 3 meals a day, every day; including hot meals.
- Shopping – If you’re not up to the physical ability needed to shop regularly you can ask a friend, family member or caregiver to shop for you.
- Knowledge – Senior nutrition is different than nutrition needed at other stages of life. Take advantage of Choose My Plate program that explains what the needs and suggestions are for seniors.
A part of healthy aging is healthy eating. At Accredited Home Care we can provide help, guidelines and care that will help you ensure senior nutrition needs are met.
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