According to the United Health Foundation, 28 percent of America’s senior citizens are obese in 2018. Almost 15 percent of America’s seniors face food insecurity. Almost 30 percent of seniors don’t get enough exercise. Diabetes is present in 12 million seniors.
If your mom isn’t eating well, she’s putting her health at risk. Helping her make healthier food choices is tough, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips you can use.
Skip Grocery Stores
Shop at farmers’ markets instead of grocery stores. Farm stands work well, too. If your mom only sees fresh fruits, bread, jams, meats, and vegetables, she’ll avoid buying processed, high-fat, high-sugar treats.
Some farm stands only accept cash. Make sure you have cash available. Farmers’ markets usually take debit and credit cards, which can make shopping easier. Call before you go if you want to be certain.
Order Meal Kits
Skip stores completely and spend money on meal kits. These kits arrive in boxes packed with dry ice to keep the organic fruits, vegetables, and meats fresh. Ingredients are portioned correctly to avoid waste. There is a recipe card with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the meals.
Meal kits cover dietary restrictions in many cases. If your mom is on a gluten-free diet, the kits can be tailored to match her needs. In little time, she can be eating meals like peppered beef stir-fry over brown rice, roasted salmon with charred green beans, or a cucumber and avocado farro bowl.
Clear the Cupboards and Pantry
Go through your mom’s cupboards and remove foods that aren’t healthy choices. Donate what you can to a food shelf and toss or compost the rest. Once it’s done, create a list of better options and take your mom shopping.
Some of her cravings can be taken into consideration. If she loves chocolate, talk her into healthier cacao nibs that she can sprinkle on oatmeal or stick to dark chocolate bars. If she likes sugar in her coffee, see if she’ll go for honey instead.
Have Someone Else Cook the Meals
Your mom may not be making the best food choices because she’s sick of cooking. If that’s the case, why not consider elderly care services? A caregiver will come to her home, plan a menu she enjoys, and cook meals for her. She even has a companion for her meals. Call an elderly care agency to discuss meals and other services offered in your area.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Robbinsville, 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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