San Antonio Caregivers Can Help Their Seniors Eat Healthy

August 11, 2011

“It’s hot outside and nothing sounds exciting for lunch!”

“I don’t want to heat up the kitchen by turning on the stove.”

Seniors Face Many Meal Time Challenges, Such as “Shopping for One”

San Antonio’s summer heatwave may be a challenge for today’s appetite, but research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network reveals there are ten mealtime challenges facing our senior’s eating habits every day.  Please check this list to determine if your senior loved one may be facing an obstacle to eating healthy.

1.  Lack of companionship during mealtimes.

If you can’t be there to dine with a loved one regularly, look for alternative options such as friends and neighbors.

2.   Cooking for one.

Freeze most any type of leftover including sliced and seeded fruit by placing it in plastic containers or freezer bags.  Buy your senior healthier, low-sodium dinners for one.

3.   Eating nutritious meals.

Buy fresh, when possible, or frozen foods including fruits and vegetables.  Frequent farmer’s markets when in season.  Your loved one may enjoy a morning visit to the market.

4.  Grocery shopping for one.

Transportation can be a big issue for seniors.  Contact the Bexar County Area Agency on Aging for transportation ideas, or encourage your senior to look to neighborhood support systems when possible.

5.   Eating three meals a day.

So many seniors are on prescription medications that must be taken with or without food.  Coordinate the food plan with the medication plan.

6.   High expense of cooking for one.

Check out “Meals on Wheels”  which often offers affordable meals for older adults, as well as the home-delivered meal program,

7.  Relying too much on convenience food.

Encourage your older adult to meet with a nutritionist or talk with the doctor to learn how to read labels.

8.  Loss of appetite.

Help older adults make mealtimes an event, which can make dining more appealing.  Pull out a favorite recipe, help that older adult prepare a meal, get out the good dishes and decorate the table with real or artificial flowers.

9.  Eating too much food.

Or, eating too much of the wrong types of foods.  A structured shopping list may help encourage healthier choices.

10.  Eating too little food.

Maybe a trip to a favorite restaurant will encourage enjoyment of a favorite dish.  Or, checking with a health care professional to learn about supplemental products designed for the elderly.

If you would like additional resources on healthy eating for seniors, please visit www.caregiverstress.com to learn more about “Craving Companionship”, a program designed to assist seniors and their families with nutrition challenges.

Do you have a suggestion on helping others overcome the challenges of senior nutrition issues?  Please share with our readers.

SourcedFrom Sourced from: Home Instead Content Library

Chris Lerch, Owner Home Instead Senior Care San Antonio

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in San Antonio, please call us at 877.890.8394 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full-time staff supervising quality-trained home care personnel covering the San Antonio, Texas area.

Chris Lerch, Owner

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in San Antonio, please call us at 877.890.8394 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full-time staff supervising quality-trained home care personnel covering the San Antonio, Texas area.

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