Eating healthier might be something that your aging adult wants to do but that doesn’t mean that she knows what to do or wants to make the effort. Implementing some of these tips can help her to make healthier food choices.
Move to Healthier Fats.
Healthy fats give your senior’s body nutrients that her body and her brain need. Plant-based oils and foods, such as nuts, seeds, and avocados, are excellent choices for healthy fats. Talk with your elderly family member’s doctor about the amount of healthy fats that are ideal for your senior’s particular health conditions. Eating the right mixture can help her to improve her overall health.
Stock up on Vegetables and Fruits.
Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that your elderly family member needs in order to stay healthy. When they’re available and easy to grab, they’re tough to overlook when your elderly family member is looking for a snack. Start including at least one more serving of fruits and vegetables in each meal. You might also want to consider preparing fruits and vegetables in advance and keeping them in the fridge to make them even more accessible.
Make it Easier to Drink Plenty of Water.
Water is vital for your senior’s body to keep functioning the way that it should. But if your elderly family member doesn’t sense thirst the same way that she used to, she might avoid drinking as much water as she should. Keep plenty of fresh, cool water on hand and encourage your elderly family member to sip on water throughout the day. Bottles that are easy to carry are a good idea so that your elderly family member always has water right there with her.
Get Someone to Take Over the Cooking.
When it’s just too much effort to worry about cooking, it’s easier for your senior to justify not eating. Whether you cook for her or you hire elderly care providers who can make sure she’s got plenty of healthy food options, removing that obstacle can create so much freedom for your senior. Plan menus with her and make sure that she has easily accessible food whenever she’s ready.
Just because your elderly family member wants to eat a healthier diet that doesn’t mean it will be easy for her to stick to it. Make smaller changes gradually and eventually they’ll add up to big changes that your elderly family member enjoys. It just takes a little bit of time and perseverance.