Keeping your elderly family member healthy often means that you and she need to have a serious talk about what she’s eating and when she’s eating it. Your senior might not be getting the nutrition that she needs from the foods that she’s choosing, which means making some changes.
Look for Recipes Together
Go through magazines together, do Internet searches, and look for recipes in cookbooks that sound good. Anywhere that you can find different recipes is an excellent source for ideas. Make sure that you talk with your aging family member about what she likes and doesn’t like about certain recipes. You can always tweak them to suit her needs.
Try New Dishes Together
When you’re sorting through all of these new recipes, try some of them together. Knowing that you’re in this with your senior can help her to be a little more open to trying new recipes that are different from things she might have eaten before. You might find some gems that you want to hang onto.
Share Nutritional News with Her
There are constantly new pieces of information coming out in regards to nutrition and older adults. The more that you and your senior can learn, the better decisions you can make together for her eating plan. Subscribing to nutritional news sites can help you to get that information almost as soon as it’s put out to the public.
Meal Plan Together
When it’s time to plan menus for your elderly family member, don’t leave her out of the equation. It’s a great idea to sit down with your senior and figure out what she’s interested in this week along with what’s on sale and what makes sense. Keeping your senior involved in the menu planning process helps her to feel empowered about eating.
Cook Together When Possible
You might not have time to cook with your aging adult every day, but make it a point to cook together when you can because it can help you to bond. For those times when you can’t be there to cook for her, don’t leave your aging family member holding the bag. Hiring senior care providers to handle the cooking allows your loved one to enjoy the meal.
If your elderly family member enjoys journaling, she might also enjoy activities like keeping a food journal about her eating habits and experiences. Find ways to make all of this fun for both of you.
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