Millions of aging in place elderly Americans don’t get the daily nutrition they need. Although people over the age of 65 don’t require the same amount of energy they used to, their bodies still need essential nutrients like fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates to keep them active and independent.
If you’re currently looking to provide some nutritious meals for seniors, or maybe just for that one special loved one, what follows are several nutritional meal preparation ideas to help keep them healthier and happier.
Why Seniors Don’t Eat Right
The diets of many seniors lack the proper daily nutrients they need for reasons like:
- Decreased appetite
- Loss of taste
- Loneliness and depression
- Trouble getting to the grocery
- Chewing and swallowing difficulties
- Lack of energy or interest
If your loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic disease, like heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, poor nutrition can further place their health and wellbeing at risk.
Benefits of Good Nutrition
On the other hand, when an older person eats a healthy diet containing the essential nutrients their body needs, it benefits them in these ways:
- Faster healing times
- Stronger immunity
- Increased energy levels
- Sharpens mental acuity
- Helps prevent vision loss
- Promotes a better night’s sleep
Now that you’ve seen the importance of your senior eating healthier, it’s time to explore some time-saving ways to