It can be quite common for seniors to stop eating or slow their eating as they age. There could be many reasons for this loss of appetite from not knowing how to cook to depression or illness. It is important that you find the cause of your senior loved one's lack of appetite in able to ensure proper nutrition. You should also use one of the below methods in order to make sure they are eating as well as possible.
Buy Frozen Meals
One of the most common reasons for seniors not eating well is lack of knowledge or lack of desire to cook. The main issue with frozen meals is that though they are easy to cook, in general, they are not the most healthy option. Over the past few years, however, healthier options have become available. When buying frozen meals for a senior, make sure that you are reading labels, especially salt and sugar levels. As an alternative to this, having family members make meals ahead of time and freezing them for the senior, may be a better option.
"Meals on Wheels"
If you want to make sure that your senior loved one is getting at least one healthy meal each day, a community program may be the answer. Typically known as "Meals on Wheels", each day a hot meal can be delivered to your seniors home. Inquire at a local senior center for more information on these programs.
Speaking of senior centers, many of them offer daily events known as "congregate meals". Typically held during lunch time, these meals will give your senior loved one the opportunity to socialize with their peers and get a hot meal, all at the same time. Many communities offer transportation for seniors as well, so they can be picked up and dropped off each day.
Private Meal Delivery
Another option that you have when it comes to ensuring your senior loved one is getting proper nutrition is private meal delivery. This is a bit more sophisticated than "Meals on Wheels" as your loved one will have their choice of higher quality meals. For example, "Meals on Wheels" type programs will offer one choice, like meatloaf, where a private meal delivery service may offer many choices like Steak Florentine or Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloin. You will also get side dishes and dessert in most cases.
Before balking at a private chef, it isn't as fancy as you may think. There are many chefs who offer this service during the day, as most chef's are busy at night. Some chefs can come in and cook meals with your senior loved one during the day, giving them companionship, and the senior can simply heat the meal up at night. Others may cook the dishes in their own home and deliver them to seniors to heat up on their own. In order to find a chef, a local vocational school or community college with a culinary arts program may be a great place to start.
As you can see, there are several tips available to help make sure your senior loved one gets proper nutrition. Take the time today to find out more about these options and get your senior loved one started on a path of good health.