The simple act of putting food on the table every day can be difficult for aging seniors.
- Getting to the grocery store
- Selecting the proper foods
- Having money to make healthy choices
- Having the physical ability to stand and make a meal
- The emotional implications of eating alone
All of these and more make the elderly more vulnerable to malnutrition.
That’s one of the reasons seniors lose their ability to stay independent and on their own. Because if they don’t take in the right nutrition, it can lead to a whole host of complications.
Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, function, and the ability to stay independent. Having quality nutritious food every day can:
- increase mental awareness and stability,
- decrease risks for depression,
- provide resistance to illness and disease,
- increase energy levels, boost the immune system,
- and help manage chronic health problems.
For many, home is the chosen environment. It works well for family and friends that support the senior in their day to day lives. But asking for help can make the process work a whole lot better. Meals on Wheels is one of the things that can help.
For many, Meals on Wheels is a way to get a well balanced, hot meal every day. It’s also the chance to see a warm, friendly smile and be able to chat a little every day. For some, it’s the only person they’ll speak with all day.
It’s something to get up for. It’s something to look forward to. It’s something to help remind them that they should take care of themselves.
Beyond that, it’s important that you plan out the other meals in their day, especially if you don’t have daily contact with your loved one.
This can be accomplished in different ways. Spend time on the weekends preparing single serving meals kept frozen, so it’s easy to pull out, thaw, heat, and eat. Have a personal chef come in and prepare nutritious meals on a regular basis. Find senior centers where your elderly loved one can share a meal and conversation several days of the week.
It’s also possible for in home care to help too. In home caregivers can assist in grocery shopping, making the meals, and providing conversation while the person eats. They can assist your loved one as they head out and have a meal with old friends.
Good nutrition isn’t a luxury, it’s the only way to ensure quality of life. Falls, accidents, and other medical emergencies increase then a well thought out meal isn’t provided on a daily basis.
How can we help?