5 Tips for a Healthy Diet of your Elderly
On time and healthy meal still matters.
Live in caregiver still need to choose food that is healthy and rich in nutrients. Consider the quality of the food and quantity. He or she might be eating much but not healthily. Let them choose the schedule of their meal and we must try to be consistent in the time of serving their food. Senior are more likely to accept the meal if it’s the usual time for their meal. Also, the place where they want to eat could also be their choice.
Interaction improves their appetite.
Seniors don’t like the idea of being dependent on someone! If they want to help you prepare their meal, let them. They may even teach you their secret recipes and old stories in the kitchen! Loneliness and cooking for one is often one of the reasons of loss of appetite. Talking or eating with them at the table can improve their healthy diet. We can help make their meal times an enjoyable experience. Sometimes, it’s not about the food but it’s about the companies they are with while having their breakfast.
Introduce exercise and food supplements
All ages need exercise to be healthy! If we want to improve our elderly’s appetite, we can introduce exercise to burn more of their calories and the body would therefore need more food. We may wonder what exercises are suitable for the seniors. We can try doing small walks, chair exercises, or other community senior exercises. We can ask our doctor for procedures and information about exercises that are good for the senior’s body. We also advise caretakers to accompany them in their exercise. Let’s do the exercise daily!
We must also take note that the texture of the food they are eating. There are ingredients that are hard to swallow and painful in their sensitive mouth.
We can also introduce food supplements that may add nutrition to their bodies. It helps on keeping up strength and nutrition if taken in a regular basis.
Only give small meals and a few kinds of food.
Taste buds change as our age increase. We can try to help them familiarize the taste of food by serving only a small variety of food. Sometimes, introducing so much new tastes at their age isn’t appealing for a senior citizen. We can stick on what they usually want to eat. Also, huge meals are overwhelming for them. Many seniors don’t like the food to be wasted. We can increase the amount after we see that they finish all the food every meal.
Consult your doctor