March is National Nutrition Month. Let’s celebrate, Central Indiana! From the littlest Hoosiers to the oldest Hoosiers, proper nutrition matters, and Paradigm Living Concepts, a leading Indianapolis provider of home health, hospice and palliative care, is here to share a few helpful healthy eating tips for our elderly population.
As health issues and physical limitations arise in seniors, it becomes more difficult to get the nutrients needed which can lead to other health problems.
Possible causes of poor nutrition in the elderly:
Decrease in Sensitivity: decrease in appetite and sense of smell
Medication Side Effects: meds cause reduced appetite, nausea, food tastes differently
Fresh fruits/vegetables…canned and frozen are also good choices
Protein rich beans, legumes and dairy products
Enhance aromas and flavors: appealing foods stimulate appetite; use herbs, marinades, dressings, and sauces; switching between a variety of foods during one meal can keep it interesting (combining textures such as yogurt/granola)
Make eating a social event: elderly become more interested when they have someone to share it a meal with
Encourage healthy snacking: large meals and eating 3x/s per day are hard for elderly, encourage or plan for several mini-meals throughout the day
Take Care of Dental Problems: see a dentist, medicare covers certain dental procedures
Take them to the store: If they do not have a way to get proper, healthy groceries help them or find someone who will
Give Reminders: Schedule meals at the same time each day, give visual/verbal reminders when it is time to eat a meal or snack
Maintain Food Storage: keep canned and non-perishable foods in cupboard in case of emergency
Use Supplements Daily: ask your doctor first before you start a new supplement to make sure it doesn’t interact with any other meds you are taking
Start simple and add one or two of the above nine tips and before you know it, you and you’re loved one will be putting your best fork forward!
8904 Bash St suite b, Indianapolis, IN 46256, 317-735-6001, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paradigm Living Concepts offers a unique combination of premier Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care services to Central Indiana. We're proud to be Hoosiers caring for Hoosiers working with local families to maintain and maximize quality of life through compassionate caregiving in a personal setting. Learn more from our founder Jeff Jarecki.