As we grow older, it is normal for us people to lose our appetites and excitement for food. It becomes harder to go grocery shopping and cook meals, especially if we do not have anyone else to eat them with. During this time, eating can become more of a chore than something people can look forward to. There are a few signs that a senior may not be eating well. Number one when it comes to this is weight changes. Poor nutrition is usually associated with weight loss, but it is also essential to understand that seniors can be overweight and still be malnourished.
New or worsening health issues may also arise, such as low energy levels, increased falls, confusion, and problems with swallowing or chewing. Another sign of not eating well is the food choices of our beloved seniors. It is important to watch what they eat and guide them to better and healthier choices. Our aging loved ones will naturally care less about food, but we must take it upon ourselves to make sure that they are healthy and proper nutrition is key when it comes to health.
One thing that we can do to help our elders is to find foods that are easy to eat and digest. Doing this ensures less work for them. We must also make sure that these foods are nutritious, high in calories, and hydrating. Lastly, let’s prepare and serve these foods so that our elderly loved ones will look forward to every meal.
A few healthy foods that you can look at; are nut butter, high water content fruits, and vegetables, potatoes, and rolled oats. If you are interested in learning more about how you can provide your elders with healthy meals, here is an infographic by Euro-American Connections and Homecare.