Upset stomach: Too much gas, acid reflux, and other stomach issues may cause older adults to stay away from foods they think cause the problem. This means they could be missing out on important nutrients, such as vitamins, calcium, fiber and protein. The FDA recommends:
o Instead of drinking milk, try dairy foods that may not upset the stomach, like cream soups, pudding, yogurt, or cheese.
o Replace vegetables such as cabbage or broccoli with vegetable juices or carrots and potatoes that are easier to digest.
o Replace fresh fruit with fruit juice or soft canned fruits.
Unable to shop: Many seniors who have given up the car keys or have other mobility issues have problems shopping for themselves. When an inability to
shop for food becomes a nutrition obstacle, the FDA suggests:
o Requesting a local store deliver groceries to the home.
o Requesting volunteer shopping help from a local church, synagogue or
o Asking a family member or neighbor to help with shopping.
o Enlisting the help of a local home care agency, such as Caring Solutions.
Cannot cook: Problems with cooking can include cognitive issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, difficulty holding cooking utensils or trouble standing for long periods of time. If an inability to cook is an issue:
o Use a microwave oven to cook TV dinners, other frozen foods and foods made ahead of time by the store.
o Hire a home care agency, like Connecticut home care company Caring Solutions, whose caregivers can plan and prepare nutritious meals in the comfort of the home.
Loss of appetite: Seniors who live alone sometimes feel lonely at mealtimes, which can lead to a loss of appetite. They may also not feel up to making a meal just for themselves, or the medication that they take might make food taste bad. For these issues, the FDA suggests:
o Eating with family and friends if possible.
o Joining group meal programs offered through local senior citizens
o Talking to a doctor about whether or not medication might be a problem. o Contacting a local home care agency, such as Caring Solutions, to have a
companion prepare meals and make meal time a social activity.
Proper nutrition is important no matter how old you are. If you have a loved one who is struggling to overcome age-related nutrition obstacles, contact the Enfield senior care experts at Caring Solutions! We can plan and prepare delicious, healthy meals and help improve your loved one’s nutrition in a number of ways!