Today for a Healthy Tomorrow For Older Adults
Does eating alone
cause you to struggle with food choices causing you to lose interest in
eating? Often food tastes better when we can enjoy the companionship of
those we eat with. Living alone often causes us to neglect to eat
nutritious meals because there is less incentive to cook. Too often the
diets of those eating alone are below par in needed nutrients due to snacking
throughout the day or indulge at one meal and skipping others.
Nutritional needs are important at every stage of
life. But as we age, many new factors can come into play that result in
changes in dental health, finances, medications and appetite, making
eating a real challenge.
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Here are some tips to make the most of eating by
Eat four to six smaller meals, as
they may be easier to digest.
up the dinner table with a placemat, flowers or candles.
colorful foods to make the meal look more appealing.
comfort foods in the morning, like oatmeal with milk.
Include a variety of textures at a
meal. Adapt these textures to your chewing ability… soft vegetables or
If possible, increase your physical
activity level to perk up a weary appetite.
Invite a friend over for a meal or
eat out with friends.
Prepare a new recipe once a week and
offer to share it with a neighbor.
Buy prepackaged mixed salad greens,
which can be a great source of vitamins A and C. Combine a prepackaged
frozen entree with fresh or frozen vegetables and fresh fruits.
When you cook, make a large batch of
food and freeze left overs in small portions for later.
Include plenty of calcium rich
foods… milk with vanilla wafers, pudding or macaroni and cheese.
certain foods cause discomfort, such as heartburn or gas, find
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February 06, 2008
Older Adult Index Patient Education