You know that saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well, it’s not true for dogs and it certainly isn’t true for your aging relative. Even if an older adult has spent a lifetime engaged in unhealthy eating, it’s not too late for them to develop some healthy habits that can revolutionize the way they eat and lead to better overall health. Below are 5 healthy food habits that can make a huge difference in the way your loved one eats as well as some ways elderly care can help them develop better food habits.
1. Prepare More Meals at Home.
If your aging relative eats most of their meals out, orders takeout, or chooses frozen prepared meals at the grocery store, they’re probably not eating as healthy as they should. Restaurants dishes and frozen meals often contain unhealthy ingredients like fats and salt to improve the flavor. The portion sizes from restaurants are also usually bigger than they should be.
An elderly care provider can help your aging relative to plan and prepare healthy meals at home. They can even drive the senior to the store to help them choose ingredients, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and the low-sodium or low-fat versions of foods.
2. Don’t Make Unhealthy Foods Available.
It can be hard to avoid reaching for unhealthy snacks like chips or sweets when they are right there in the cupboard. One way to combat bad snacks is simply to not have them in the house. Instead, opt for fresh fruit, vegetables, and other nutritious snacks.
An elderly care provider can prepare snacks that seniors can easily grab out of the cupboard or refrigerator, such as cut up fresh fruits and vegetables or cheese slices.
3. Eliminate Boredom Eating.
It’s not uncommon for people to reach for a snack just because they are bored. Unfortunately, seniors who spend a lot of time alone can become bored, which can lead to boredom eating.
An elderly care provider can help relieve boredom by giving the older adult someone to talk to. Elderly care providers can also offer fun activities for the senior to do or help them to engage in hobbies.
4. Avoid Skipped Meals.
Lots of people skip breakfast. They may sleep in too long or simply find it too much trouble to make a healthy breakfast before starting their day. Having difficulty with cooking or not enjoying eating alone are other reasons seniors may skip meals.
Elderly care can help to make sure that older adults eat three healthy meals each day. An elderly care provider can visit each morning to help the senior to get up, dress, and start the day with a good breakfast. They can also make meals for the entire day, even placing prepared meals in the refrigerator or freezer to be heated up later.
5. Don’t Deprive the Senior of All Treats.
Although one of the tips above is to not have unhealthy foods in the house, completely depriving your aging relative of all their favorite treats can increase their cravings. Instead, make treats even more special by offering them only occasionally.
Elderly care providers can take older adults out to restaurants to enjoy a dessert now and then. By going out for the treat, it makes it more special, but also ensures there aren’t leftovers hanging around the home.
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