There are many factors that can contribute to poor nutrition as we age such as reduced sense of taste and smell, physical challenges, loss of appetite, Dementia or other cognitive problems, depression, transportation or budget issues. Helping our elderly loved ones manage their diets and eating habits can offer them numerous benefits including increased cognitive function, resistance to illness, higher energy levels, an improved immune system, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health issues.
Each senior’s situation is different and it can be overwhelming finding where to start. The good news is that you don’t have to be a nutritionist to help your aging loved ones with their diet. Home Instead Senior Care has collected a wide range of materials to help you recognize the warning signs of poor nutrition, understand the physical changes with age that affect appetite and digestion, and be aware of the lifestyle changes that can affect the way mealtimes are viewed. You'll find nutrition guidelines for mature men and women, a list of food staples every senior should have, and suggestions for making shopping, meal preparation and dining more enjoyable. In addition, there are tips for food safety, recommendations for transportation and budget issues, as well as discussions about the role diet plays in patients with diabetes, cancer and Parkinson's disease.
Home Instead Senior Care’s trained CAREGivers can also help your loved one with a healthy, well-balanced diet. From grocery shopping to meal preparation, our in-home CAREGivers can provide meals that appeal to all tastes and dietary restrictions. Here are a few ways we can help your senior loved one eat well.
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