Healthier eating can help your aging adult to feel much better, even while managing chronic health issues. Here are some suggestions to help her to eat better.
Talk to Your Senior’s Doctor
The first step when you and your senior are interested in improving her eating habits is to talk with your senior’s doctor. Her doctor can help you to evaluate what your elderly family member eats now and what healthier options are for her. Tiny steps are usually best at first because they allow your elderly family member to gradually start eating different types of foods.
Bump up Her Activity Level
Another recommendation your senior’s doctor might have is to increase her activity level. Assuming that she’s able to exercise per her doctor, your elderly family member may find that increasing her activity level also improves her appetite. Her body starts to crave fuel that isn’t empty calories, which is much healthier for her.
Look for Ways to Add Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are an instant improvement to your senior’s diet. Even if she’s eating some fruits and vegetables now, adding more is always good. They’re full of vitamins and minerals that your elderly family member needs in her diet. Eating a “rainbow” of veggies and fruits is ideal because she gets a variety of nutrients that way.
Set a Cut-off Time for Eating
Your elderly family member might not realize it, but when she eats is just as important as what she eats. If she’s eating meals and snacks later in the day, that can contribute to heartburn and to other digestive issues that make her less happy about eating. She may find that she sleeps much better when she sets a cut-off time for her last snack of the day.
Make Meals Easy
The easier it is for your elderly family member to eat healthier meals, the more likely she’ll be to actually eat those foods. Senior care providers can take care of the food preparation for your elderly family member and they can even do the grocery shopping. Anything that makes eating healthy as easy as possible is going to improve the odds that your elderly family member sticks to her new eating plan.
When your elderly family member starts to eat healthier meals on a regular basis, she may find that some of the health issues she’s had a tough time managing on her own. She may also experience better moods, easier sleep, and boosted energy levels.
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