Posts Tagged ‘senior nutrition’

10 Tips to Get Older Seniors to Eat!

February 26th, 2018 No Comments

10 Tips for Helping Older Seniors to Eat Enough

Getting older loved ones to eat can sometimes be very challenging. They may complain they’re just not hungry, nothing tastes good, they don’t feel well, they can’t be bothered to make a meal, they have memory issues and forget to eat, etc. Regardless of the reason, it’s imperative for their health to receive the nutrients and calories their body needs.

10 Tips for Helping Older Seniors to Eat Enough:

  • 1) Offer small portions throughout the day; cut food into bite-size pieces and place on a smaller plate
  • 2) Serve the largest meal when the person is at their most alert (appetite is best at that point); with elders, it’s typically in the morning for breakfast
  • 3) Suggest they drink between each meal rather than with each meal; this will help them from feeling full while eating
  • 4) Try stronger seasoning in foods to compensate for their decrease in taste
  • 5) Offer smaller, nutrient-rich foods instead of larger, nutrient-deficient portions
  • 6) Always have healthy no-preparation snacks available (yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, carrots, crackers, granola bars, or trail mix)
  • 7) Remind those with memory issues to eat by posting notes with pictures on cabinets and the refrigerator
  • 8) Have nutritional drinks available, such as Ensure, Boost, etc.
  • 9) Consider a Meals on Wheels delivery (Mercer and Burlington County, NJ contact information)
  • 10) In Mercer County, the Mercer County NJ Nutrition Project for the Elderly is another option (contact information in Mercer and Burlington County, NJ)

 

 

Healthy at Home – With Help from an Angel

October 28th, 2014 No Comments

Healthy Aging With Visiting Angels in New Jersey

New Jersey Seniors, Stay Healthy At Home!

Did you know that arthritis and joint pain account for two of the top reasons for doctor visits in the United States, and more than one-in-four Americans receive medical attention for a musculoskeletal condition, such as osteoporosis?

Keeping our bones and joints healthy as we age is an important goal.  Staying mobile and active as long as we’re able is our goal, and there are effective strategies to help us with this purpose, no matter our age.

These strategies start with proper nutrition.  Mother was right when she said, “Eat your vegetables.”

  • Fruits and veggies improve bone mass density and increase calcium absorption. These healthy food options also help with keeping weight down and protect against musculoskeletal issues.
  • Adequate protein is needed to maintain muscle and protect joints and bones. Enjoy eggs, salmon, lean meats, beans and legumes.
  • Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for bone health. This helps protect against osteoporosis and supports muscle and nerve health.
  • Vitamin D is a shining star in this line-up.  It helps bones absorb calcium and boosts the immune system.
  • Dietary supplements can serve to improve skeletal health.
  • Drop the carbonated beverages. These contribute to a decrease in bone mineral density and lean muscle mass.

When you want to remain active, but have bone and joint problems that hinder your mobility, Visiting Angels provides the assistance you need. Our NJ-certified home health care employees come to your home with a wide variety of adult, senior and elder personal care services tailored to your needs and requests, so you can lean on Visiting Angels when you need help. We’re there when you need an Angel for the weekend or the holidays, or when you need full-time, in-home support. Schedule an Angel for weekday help with housekeeping, errands or meal preparation.  Visiting Angels will walk with you through the day and watch over you at night. Contact us for yourself or a loved one at 609-883-8188.