#16.1 Mealtime, Food and Senior Nutrition (1 of 5)


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f0fs20 cf2 Hi! I am Mary Alexander from
Home Instead Senior Care, the national leader
in providing in home care for seniors.
Today I am here in the Betty Crocker Kitchens
talking about Senior Nutrition. Many seniors
lack good nutrition, which is dangerous for
both their physical and psychological health.
The result of a Home Instead Senior Care study
show that one in five seniors say that he
or she sometimes or most of the time feels
lonely when eating by themselves. In fact,
they say their biggest meal time challenge
is the lack of shared family experience, including
lack of companionship. This lack of socialization
at meal time is resulting in some 44% of seniors
who live alone showing at least four warning
signs of poor nutritional health.
There are also some aging and medical conditions
that might cause your parents to alter his
or her eating habits that can result in diminished
health. These conditions include loss of the
ability to taste and/or smell, physical challenges,
loss of appetite, dementia and other cognitive
problems, depression and transportation and
budget issues.
Interestingly, a majority of seniors who live
alone say they eat more nutritiously and the
food actually tastes better when eating with
others. However, the most common obstacle
preventing these seniors from sharing more
meals is their family and friends don’t have
enough time.
There are several actions you can do to help
your senior loved one have better nutrition
and eating habits. From helping them prepare
for and shop for groceries to helping them
select foods that are high in nutrition and
loaded with important vitamins, minerals,
and fiber, to giving them ideas on how to
prepare foods that are not only good for them
but tastes good too.
And lastly, engaging in conversation with
them, thereby providing the vital companionship
they need in order to have a happy and enjoyable
meal time experience.}

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