A healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for people of all ages, but it is especially important for elderly people to get their recommended nutritional amounts. Unfortunately, people in their senior years are less likely than other age groups to maintain a healthy diet due to several differing lifestyle factors.
Physical reasons such as dental problems or a decline in the senses can impact on an elderly person’s dietary habits, as can the difficulty they may have being on their feet for a long time while trying to co-ordinate cooking meals. In addition, they could be beset by a lack of appetite from feelings of loneliness, a lack of income to buy the food they need or the logistical barriers of being unable to get to a supermarket, particularly in adverse weather.
If you know of an elderly person whose diet could be improved, whether it’s your ancestors or a neighbor, you can have a central part to play in helping them to get the nutrients they need. Take the time to cook for them, or even to help them with their own cooking. If they can’t get to a grocery store, do their shopping for them (again, you can bring them with you if they’re well enough to leave the house). Indeed, rather than just preparing a meal and laying it in front of them, you should make a regular thing of bring other family members over for dinner and turning it into an occasion. This will not only allow the elderly person to eat healthier, but also give them something to which they can look forward every week (or however regular it may be).
This infographic from Be Independent Home Care http://www.beindependenthomecare.ie/join-the-team/care-assistant-jobs.html suggests four ideal meals for elderly people and advises on how we can encourage our elders to get their recommended nutrition for a happier, healthier life.