Some of us live to eat, while others eat to live. It’s true that what we eat is important, but it becomes even more important when nutrition is factored into senior home care. However, remember that a healthy diet for seniors doesn’t have to be bland, tasteless, or consist of rabbit food. Eating healthy can be delicious and satisfying.
Read on for a few helpful tips to make meals healthy and enjoyable.
- Drinking water frequently is a smart move because adequate water intake helps to reduce the stress of kidney functions. Remember that, as we age, we start to lose the ability to detect thirst. Your senior shouldn’t wait until they’re thirsty for a glass of water.
- Many people combat boredom through snack eating, particularly junk food. If your loved one is craving something sweet, fruit can scratch that itch better than sweets or processed treats.
- Also, a varied diet is a great way to keep things interesting. Try cooking with different herbs and spices to make things interesting, and go for recipes that have tasty aromas.
- If your senior craves carbs like bread or pasta, switch over to whole grains.
- Switching to nutrient dense foods, like skim milk, legumes, fish, and lean meats, is a wise move.
- Dental problems can destroy the enjoyment of a meal, so be sure teeth and/or dentures are in good shape.
- Most importantly, remember that mental health is as important as physical health, and be sure your loved one isn’t always eating alone. Get together with friends and family, see if senior centers have meal gatherings, or form a group to share meals together.