Five Mealtime Tips for Aging Parents and Other Seniors


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kk.jpgEating properly is important at all stages of life. Sometimes, however, aging parents, spouses, and other seniors neglect to eat as often, as much, or as properly as they should. The following tips may help aging parents and others who occasionally skip mealtimes or who adopt unhealthy eating habits.

Don't let solitary dining affect meals.  If you're eating alone, you may be inclined to cut corners in food preparation or to skip meals altogether. However, it's important to avoid letting this happen. Adding variety to the experience can help. If eating alone, try eating in different locations: at the kitchen table, in the dining room, in the backyard, at the local park, etc. Alternatively, try adding a little spark to the meal: use the best dishes, sit by a window, light a candle, or use a different tablecloth and napkins.  When possible, have a friend over for lunch or perhaps start a pot luck club: once a week, friends can meet and bring food to share with each other.

Eat even when under the weather.  When you're ill, you need appropriate nutrition to help with the healing process. If you're unable to prepare meals during an illness, ask a relative or neighbor to help, or contact a local senior service program that delivers meals to seniors.

Drink up.  Water is overall the most important source of nutrients, so drinking plenty of water is important at all times. Kidney function can be affected by lack of water, especially as one ages, so remaining adequately hydrated is essential.

Add O.J.  Many seniors need help getting sufficient iron and calcium. Vitamin C helps the body to better absorb both of these nutrients, so drinking orange juice with iron-rich foods (such as beef, tuna, spinach, broccoli, etc.)  or calcium-rich foods (such as dairy products, soybeans, etc.) helps the body get a better boost of iron and calcium.

Watch dental hygiene.  Aging parents with dental issues may restrict their diets to soft, easy-to-chew foods. This often means that fresh fruits and vegetables may be lacking. Keeping teeth healthy and ensuring that dentures fit properly can help with this issue.

Maintaining proper nutrition helps maintain health and vitality. Put in the effort to fully enjoy all of your meals!


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