Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important ways that your senior can protect their health, avoid illnesses and conditions, yes, and support a high quality of life. For many elderly adults, however, a varied diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and other healthy options is not what they are accustomed to, or what they have eaten for most of their lives. Many seniors grew up eating a meat and potatoes diet, and may rely on unhealthy foods or convenience options.
With a new year right around the corner, many family caregivers and elderly adults are looking for ways to boost health and well-being, and revamping their diet is a fantastic place to start. Making these changes can be challenging, however, and it will be valuable for you to be there to support and encourage your parent to make these changes as smooth and easy as possible.
Use these tips to encourage your senior to try new foods:
- Talk to them about their favorite foods and flavors so that you can make efforts to continue to integrate these into their diet as much as possible. Knowing that they are still able to enjoy familiar flavors and even some of their favorite foods can make your parent less resistant and help to motivate them.
- Research new recipes together. This is a great way to not only stimulate your aging loved one’s mind, but also to spend quality time together and introduce exciting and appealing ways to try new, healthy foods. Consider looking up healthy versions of their favorite foods or choosing a new type of cuisine that your parent would like to try and find healthy recipes within that cuisine.
- Make discovering new foods a fun and exciting experience for your parent. Explorer farmers markets, go to boutique or gourmet shops in the area, visit ethnic food stores, and together find new ingredients, foods, and flavors to explore and experience together.
Starting home care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A home care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a fully customized schedule, meaning that they will have continued and reliable access to the support, care, assistance, and companionship that they need to manage their individual needs and challenges, as well as to support their quality of life. The highly personalized services that such a caregiver can provide will help your aging parent stay healthy, safe, happy, and comfortable, while also encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.