Carbs, fats, proteins, superfoods, antioxidants… You've probably been hearing a lot about these lately as there have been lots of changes in what the experts think makes up a healthy diet. One thing is for sure — if we’re having a hard time figuring out our own nutrition, it’s just as hard to figure it out for our parents.
Our advice is to first focus on any health related problems your loved one may have. For example, diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure, will require special diets that you probably already know about. Many seniors struggle with these diets, and need help in sticking with them. But in general, we think the best approach is a balance of food types with as little junk food like soda, potato chips, and sugary desserts as possible.
Even if your loved one isn’t on a special diet, they may find themselves getting stuck in a rut, eating a lot of the same thing, or generally losing interest in food. This can happen especially if they're on their own a lot, as it’s hard to get excited about meals by yourself. Many of us do a regular weekly meal with our loved one, and we also use that as an opportunity to prepare several meals that can be kept in the fridge or freezer for the rest of the week. We like to call and ask how they liked different dishes, which helps make those meals feel less lonely!
Here are a few other useful Kinto tips!
* Remind your loved one to drink water frequently to avoid dehydration
* Try to add more spices instead of salt, especially if they're on a low salt diet
* Add fruits and vegetables to your loved one’s diet: Frozen fruits and vegetables are great because they keep for a long time
* Microwave recipes are usually easier for seniors to prepare
* There are more and more online grocery and meal delivery services that make getting good food a lot easier
* If money is an issue, there are community and government resources like Meals on Wheels that are aimed at helping the elderly