Nutrition is an important part of helping with the care of your senior to manage her health as well as possible. Many health issues benefit greatly from your senior and her senior care aides making even small changes to her diet. These tips can help you to get started making a plan that will work for her.
Portion Sizes Are an Important Consideration in Food Preparation by Senior Care
Most people exaggerate portion sizes, which means that they often end up eating a lot more of particular foods than they really think they’re eating. If your senior is trying to manage her weight, she might want to try weighing her foods to get more familiar with portion sizes. Eating until she’s just satisfied can also help.
Healthy Fats, Fruits, Vegetables, and Lean Protein Are Filling
Foods that are healthier for your senior tend to be more filling than foods with empty calories. Lean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of vegetables and fruits give her body something nutritive that she can work with to keep herself healthy. If she’s not used to eating these foods, she might feel frustrated that her food doesn’t taste the way she’s used to. It can help if senior care providers assist with prepping meals and snacks, so that she doesn’t have to work too hard to eat healthier.
Saturated and Trans Fats Aren’t as Healthy
Trans fats and saturated fats are the ones that are ones your senior should try to limit. The healthier fats, which include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, are found in avocados, olive oil, and nuts, like walnuts. Saturated fats are in foods like deli meats, which often also contain a lot of salt. Trans fats are the worst choice, because these are found in processed foods, snack cakes, and other foods that are full of empty calories.
Processed and Refined Foods Have Little Nutritive Value
Processed and refined foods don’t just contain trans fats, they also contain lots of sugar, salt, and refined grains. Refined grains are ones that have had all of their fiber and nutrients basically stripped from them. These foods can cause your elderly family member to feel awful, and they can make problems like diabetes and high blood pressure worse.
Talk to your senior’s doctor about what other nutritional needs your senior has. Making big dietary changes all at once can be difficult, so consider making smaller changes over time. As your senior feels better and sees results, she may find that it’s easier to embrace those changes.