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Nutrition and the Elderly

Are the Seniors in Your Life Eating Well?

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  • I took care of my mother for 10 years. I encountered most of these problems. Add Parkinson's and mini-strokes which made chewing and swallowing very difficult. Small portions of soft foods several times a day worked for us.
  • I took care of my mother for 10 years. I encountered most of these problems. Add Parkinson's and mini-strokes which made chewing and swallowing very difficult. Small portions of soft foods several times a day wprked for us.
  • I will pass on this information.
  • Another problem: when living alone it gets very boring eating the same food several days in a row. The portions of meat and veggies sold are the size of at least two large appetites and most seniors have a moderate appetite at best. Supermarkets could be a big help if they provided single portion meals with all the fixings that you cook and prepare yourself as they do in the UK. It also encourages a walk to the market each day to decide what you are in the mood for. All helping a healthier aging.
  • As a senior, I can relate to some of these suggestions. I can get around, but shopping is one thing I have trouble with. My neighbor goes with me and I do the driving and picks up my groceries, then I take her around to other places she needs to go since she doesn't drive. Works great for both of us.
  • Let's keep those seniors supported.
  • Some strokes actually change the way taste is perceived making even sweet or previously pleasant foods taste very bitter.

    I'll second the previous comment about being careful with Parkinson's or stroke patients with swallowing difficulties. Rice or bean skins seems bland but are too easy to aspirate unless sort of "glued" down with gravy or sauces or solids.
  • I find that our Senior Citizen Center foods are like the greasy bucket with too much sugar and sometimes too much spice. They have meals 2 times a week and its a great social event. But because of the quality of the food, I won't go there.
  • I don't mind shopping since I usually find handicapped parking and there are electric carts. But hauling them into the house can be very laborious.
  • At 65, I don't consider myself all that elderly but a lot of the time I am just not interested enough to plan a meal. I will wait to eat until I get hungry and may find myself eating total crap or snack-type foods because when I get hungry, I am ready to eat right then. My 85-year-old mother is actually better than I am because she wants to put "3 squares" on the table a day, which is more food than I want. I eat in order not to hurt her feelings and wind up eating way too much.
  • Since I am , along with my brother and sisters, trying to help our mom eat more, I was looking for more ideas to get her to have healthy snacks.
    At the moment , the whole idea is to just get her to eat.
    Thanks for the article.
  • BETTYCOOPER121
    A well explained article. I just loved it. The writers have a very thorough knowledge. I would urge my grandparents to read this article.
  • STEVEFORT
    This is an excellent article here by Leanne and Nicole. They are very thorough in their knowledge of senior dietary problems. As they indicate, there are many different factors that can contribute to a deficient diet. In southwest Florida, our agency provides non-medical home care for seniors, which includes cooking them regular, nutritious meals. Seniors are a national treasure and we must take care of them. http://www.eliteseniorcompanions.com
  • JARMADA
    I believe my grandparents ate well when they were young. They ate fresh food, none of those processed stuff. Towards the end of her days though my grandma ate looots of processed food. Not to mention she loved shopping at http://www.personalcarewholesaler.com. Of course she's just points and i do the real shopping. Anyway that was a drastic change in her lifestyle and i believe it affected her health later on. We should all just go back to how our grandparents used to eat: Fresh and organic.

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