Nutrition is a critical element of senior health at home. A good diet is necessary for both the young and old, but it can be harder to meet nutritional needs as we get older. A slower metabolism, a less efficient digestive system, and a loss of smell and taste can lead to seniors eating poorly. Additionally, if a senior has trouble getting to the grocery store or has lost interest in cooking, they may resort to less healthy options like fast food and store-bought frozen meals. As a result, they become malnourished, which can result in them entering a nursing home sooner than desired. Proper nutrition can avoid these issues, and contributes to a healthier and more energetic lifestyle.
One way you can ensure that your elderly loved one receives proper nutrition is by helping them prepare quick and easy meals. Care.com recently published a list of meals that are not only simple to prepare, but also provide the necessary nutrition to meet seniors’ particular needs. Many of these meals take only a few minutes to make or could be prepared ahead of time to eat throughout the week. The article also lists a few options for grocery and meal delivery services, as well as resources for seniors who need assistance buying food. You can view their list of recipes and other resources here: https://www.care.com/c/
Another way you can ensure proper nutrition for your loved ones is by seeking the assistance of an in-home caregiver. If you are not able to provide that care yourself, look for a professional service. They can help your loved one shop for and prepare healthy and delicious meals that will provide the nutrition they need. If you would like to speak with someone about such a service, we would love to talk to you!