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Understanding the Nutritional Needs of Seniors

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Tips to Keep Your Seniors Healthy

As we age, our bodies change—that’s inevitable. We may develop chronic conditions or our senses may see noticeable decline. One area that affects seniors the most is their nutritional health. You may have noticed that Mom does not enjoy her favourite meal like she used to, or Dad struggled to eat a ribeye steak at his birthday celebration. As the taste buds deteriorate, your loved one may lose interest in eating, which may lead to malnutrition, a weak immune system, and disease.

Healthy eating for seniors does not have to be hard. It takes a foundational understanding of the nutritional needs and a little planning to get them the most nutrients for the dollar.  When you need help ensuring Dad eats well, a highly-trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care can help.

Changes Your Parent Faces

As your mom grows older, her body will face a variety of issues that proper nutrition can help with:

  • Cardiovascular: Her heart will have to work harder to get the same amount of blood throughout her system. If the blood vessels narrow, the extra work her heart does can lead to hypertension.
  • Weight Change: Dad will possibly lose muscle while gaining fat since he is less active. The result is added weight gain.
  • Changes in Bones, Muscles, and Joints: Mom’s bones will shrink and lose density. You might notice she is not as tall as she used to be. Her strength may also reduce.
  • Eating Habits Change: As the senses lose their luster, eating can become tedious. Dad may also stop drinking as much water as he should. Digestion takes longer and can lead to constipation.

Supercharge Your Senior’s Diet
Elderly folk can get by with fewer calories, but they still need high amounts of some nutrients like Vitamin D, calcium, and B vitamins. When supercharging your parent’s diet, consider these tips:

  • Make Nutrient Dense Foods the Focus: Choose vegetables such as white, navy, or baked beans, almonds, figs, milk, and grated cheese.
  • Boost the Protein Levels: This includes meat, poultry, and fish, as well as, eggs, legumes, tofu, nuts, and seeds.
  • Help with their Ability to Chew: It may be necessary to cut Mom’s food into tiny pieces or puree Dad’s dinner.
  • Keep Liquids Handy: Even if Mom does not feel thirsty, her body needs the fluids. Keep liquids on hand, such as water, milk, juice, soup, or coffee and tea.

Professional Senior Care Services Help Keep Your Senior Healthy
Help your loved one stay healthy and living independently when you understand their nutritional needs. If schedules are tight, and you cannot be there to ensure your aging parent is eating correctly, a highly-trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton can step in to help. We provide a variety of home care services in addition to fixing nutritional meals. Let us assist you in keeping your mom or dad happy and healthy with our customizable services.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our Hamilton community.


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