When an individual gets older, their need for food may diminish. They are not as active as they once were and it can be challenging for them to get the nutrients they need to remain healthy. An elderly person may need help in the kitchen preparing food or shopping for groceries on a regular basis.
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Loss of Appetite in the Elderly
Seniors taste and desire for food reduce with age. They can’t eat as much as they once did and it can be overwhelming for them to try and prepare a meal in the kitchen.
- No energy or desires to cook
- Depression and loneliness may affects desires or cravings
- Loss of interest in food
- Medications also may affect appetite in seniors
Cooking for one isn’t always looked forward to, and the skills that a senior once had preparing meals may have diminished with time.
Helping a parent get the nutrients they need to remain healthy can be as easy as finding recipes that a senior can easily prepare or you can make in advance.
It is important to note when your parent needs special care with making and securing food in their home. They may need your special assistance to buy groceries if their refrigerator and cupboards are constantly bare.
They may also need help with cutting and preparing foods that require the use of a knife as their skills may not be as keen as they once were.
Signs that your parent needs attention in the kitchen can be forgetfulness with leaving burners on or scorching pots and pans beyond repair.
Dishes may be too heavy for an elderly person to lift, and special accommodations may be necessary to help them prep meals.
Healthy Recipes For Seniors
Preparing in advance some easy recipes for seniors can go a long way in making sure they always have something on hand to eat. This can ensure they are eating three healthy meals a day and staying on track with a healthy diet.
Try some of these meal options as a way to make sure your parent has a healthy recipe that is easy for them to prepare on a daily basis.
Easy Breakfast Meals For Seniors
- Hard boiled eggs
- Yogurt parfaits
- Crockpot oatmeal
- Whole grain pancakes or waffles
- Toast and peanut butter
Easy Lunch Meals For Seniors
- Fish dishes
- Salads with lots of vegetables
Easy Dinner Meals For Seniors
- Pasta with shrimp or chicken
- Salads with chicken and vegetables
- Rice and beans
- Liver and vegetables
Crock pots can be a lifesaver when it comes to preparing meals in advance with little preparation needed. As a caregiver, you can make these meals for your parent and ensure they have a healthy dish to eat for several days.
You can also cut vegetables in advance, allowing a senior to easily throw them into any dish that they are creating. Having precut meats on hand can also help ease cooking for an elderly person and make sure they are getting enough protein each day.
It is key that the easy recipes for seniors include foods from all food groups in suggested servings sizes that are right for your parent. The biggest challenge for a senior looking to make healthy recipes is having the right ingredients on hand to make meals in a way that is most easy for them.
Meal Services For Seniors
As a caregiver, you can make sure that your parent gets the assistance they need in the kitchen by setting up a meal schedule for them with meals ready to go and prepared in advance. If your parent needs additional care, there are many services available that can help make mealtime easier for them.
You can try incorporating services such as:
- Meals on Wheels
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
These services allow for assistance in purchasing foods, and many offer home delivery right to your parents’ house. This can make getting the right ingredients to make a dish easy and will ensure they have what they need on hand at a moment’s notice.
As a person ages, it can be less of an event to have a meal. Eating alone is never fun and preparing a meal for one can feel lonely.
Help your parent with meal time and be sure to enjoy as many meals as you can with them to ward off the feelings of isolation that they might be experiencing.
This will help to make sure that mealtime is more pleasurable as well as a time that they look forward to spending with you.