Good nutrition to maintain our health. From calcium to maintain bone health to omega-3 fatty acid for a good, healthy heart, food is an important part of our lives, and it can be troubling when a senior’s eating habit is changing. There are many reasons why elderly people might be shying away from eating according to Aging Care.
- Aging has reduced their sense of smell and taste – Normal salt and pepper seasonings might not generate enough flavor for seniors, try adding different herbs and spices to possibly add more flavor to the dishes
- Side effects from prescription medications – Making a person less hungry is a plausible side effect of medications. It could also cause food to taste different, making seniors shy away from eating
- Chewing problems – Does the senior wear dentures? They might not speak out, but the dentures could cause discomfort when chewing. Visit the dentist for adjustment, or substitute with softer foods
- Social isolation – If seniors are eating alone, they might not look forward or enjoy the meal, leading them to eat less. Plan on having someone to share a meal with them each day, whether it is a family member, a friend, or even a live-in caregiver who can provide companionship as well as the meal preparation.
- Unwilling to cook – Cooking is the easy part. Grocery shopping, preparing the food, and even washing the dishes afterward can discourage seniors to cook. There are meal programs where they deliver frozen meals for seniors to reheat it and enjoy. Another option is a in home caregiver, where they can provide services from meal preparation to medication supervision.
Understanding the root of the problem can dramatically improve your chances of ensuring seniors have the proper nutritional intake and maintain good health.
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