April 17, 2019
Your elderly mom or dad should consider good nutrition as the key to their overall health and wellness.
Because they are aging, their bodies need as many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as it can get. However, if they are struggling with physical limitations and are not able to prepare healthy meals for themselves, it’s up to you to figure out ways for them to enjoy great tasting meals and snacks without sacrificing nutrition. So how can you make sure your elderly parent is eating as healthy as possible?
Seniors Face Nutrition Obstacles
Many seniors struggle to stay healthy and well-nourished, despite the dozens of obstacles they often face. When it comes to planning and preparing meals with whole, fresh ingredients, aging adults face many challenges. Sometimes they simply can’t get to the grocery store or they don’t know how to prepare a healthy meal in the first place. Some may have strict dietary restrictions and they don’t know how to deal with it. Lack of ability and knowledge are just two obstacles toward optimum nutrition.
The other thing to consider is that aging adults also have diminished appetites in that they may not feel much hunger. If they aren’t hungry, then even the best-looking food won’t tempt them. Family caregivers and home care providers can boost a senior’s appetite by encouraging exercise and activity. Another thing to consider is that an elderly person’s taste buds change with age. They can taste salt more acutely but may lose the subtle tastes of other things, too. Finding nutritious ingredients that taste good to seniors is a real challenge to overcome to get them to eat healthy meals and snacks.
Tips on Getting Seniors to Eat Healthier
When family caregivers and home care providers hit the right combination of things, aging adults will no longer be resistant to healthy meals and snacks. Instead, they will look forward to each meal with anticipation, knowing they are eating healthy while enjoying the food, too.