Losing our appetites and enjoyment for food is part of the process of getting older. Our elderly loved ones go through this almost every single day. The task of going grocery shopping, cooking meals, or just overall eating in general can become a tasking job for them. A few signs that a senior may not be eating well are changes in weight, new or worsening health issues, and their food choices. While it can be hard at this point to force our elders to eat healthily, we must still do our best to maintain their nutrition.
First of all, we must help our elders find foods that are easy to eat and digest. Hard to eat foods can become too much work for them, and they’ll lose interest altogether. We must also make sure that we provide them with food that is nutritious and high in calories. Their food should also be hydrating. Lastly, make sure that you prepare and serve these foods so that our elderly loved ones will have something to look forward to in every meal.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can prepare healthy meals for your elders, here is an infographic by Euro-American Connections and Homecare.