Bad eating habits can really sneak up on your aging adult. And if you’re not paying attention, you might not notice for a while. Here are some of the ways your elderly family member might start to pick up bad eating habits.
She Wasn’t Feeling Good
Often poor eating habits can start when your senior isn’t feeling so great anyway. Comfort foods are often either processed or not very healthy and they can sometimes be what your senior craves when she doesn’t feel well. The problem is that poor nutrition can exacerbate any illnesses, so it’s important to address the underlying health issues whenever possible.
Cooking for One Is Too Difficult
Thinking about food and meals for just one person is difficult enough, but then you factor in cooking for one and it all becomes that much more difficult. If this is the case for your aging adult, perhaps it’s time for you or other family members to take turns with making healthy meals for your elderly family member. You can package them in individual serving containers to make them even easier to manage.
She Wanted to Lose Weight
If your aging adult wants to lose weight, she might opt to try a fad diet or two. Unfortunately, this causes not just caloric restriction, it can also cause nutrient restriction. Maintaining portion control and eating the right foods is definitely important, but fad diets are not likely to be friends of your elderly family member.
She Hates to Eat Alone
Living alone may be one thing, but eating alone can feel like punishment to many people. Try eating more meals with your aging adult, especially if you both live together. There may be other options, too, such as encouraging other family members to drop by to share meals, too.
She Can’t Drive Anymore
Being unable to drive can leave your senior ordering takeout or choosing the least healthy options when she does get a chance to go to a store. Hiring elder care providers to drive gives your senior transportation when she needs it and ensures that she’ll have someone with her, too.
Once you understand why your senior isn’t eating well, start putting some solutions in place. If there’s more than one plausible reason, address each of them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Princeton Junction, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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