Making Meal Time Simple for Seniors | Executive Care of Fort Myers
Nutrition plays quite an important role in our overall health—a fact that is especially true for seniors.
By ensuring your aging loved one is getting the right nutrients and proper amount of meals in daily, you’ll know that issues like dehydration or improper nutrition are not causing issues for him or her.
Nutritional Needs for Older Adults
There are many nutrients that can be beneficial for seniors, not to mention necessary for optimal health. Included are:
- Calcium and vitamin D. Both help maintain bone health, and it is suggested to have three servings of calcium-rich foods and beverages each day
- Vitamin B12. It’s not uncommon for those 50 and older to not get enough B12, but this can be helped through things like fortified cereals and fruit juices, dark green leafy vegetables and milk.
- Fiber. This can help lower risk for heart disease and help prevent Type 2 diabetes, as well as prevent constipation.
- Potassium. By increasing potassium and reducing sodium intake, there can be a lower risk of high blood pressure. Instead of using salt, try flavoring foods with herbs and spices.
- Fats. The right kind of fats are found in things like nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil and fish.
Choosemyplate.gov can serve as an excellent resource to ensure your aging loved one’s nutritional needs are being met through daily meals and snacks.
Easy Meal Ideas
Coming up with meal ideas that your aging loved one can make on his or her own and will find enjoyable needn’t be an issue any longer! There are plenty of excellent suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner that will prove simple and delicious:
- Warm oatmeal and berries
- Whole-grain pancakes
- Hard-boiled egg with a side of fruit and slice of whole-wheat toast
- Yogurt parfait
- Quinoa salad
- Salmon wrap made from canned boneless skinless salmon placed on a whole-grain wrap with avocado, tomatoes, greens and plain yogurt
- Southwest omelet (ideal for breakfast or lunch)
- Southwest chicken salad, made from boneless, skinless chicken breast that is cooked on a skillet with salsa
- Shrimp and fresh greens, made with sautéed fresh veggies and cocktail shrimp that has been peeled, cooked and chilled
- Beans and rice
Cooking can be made easier by taking the time to sit down with your aging loved one and making a meal plan for the week, being sure to write everything down.
You can help your loved one prepare his or her week of meals so all that is required later on is to remove things from the fridge and simply eat or heat up and eat. Most importantly, be sure to vary up the menu items from time to time to make sure boredom doesn’t pop up.
Making sure that your aging loved one is getting the nutritional meals he or she needs doesn’t have to be a concern with the in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Fort Myers. If you would like to learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us and get the conversation started.