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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)



Feeling Tired? Try these 5 High Energy Foods

June 18th, 2015 No Comments


5 High Energy Foods

Are you or your older loved ones tired of feeling tired? Maybe you’re not eating the right foods. Have you been eating food made with white flour, simple carbs, or sugar? These may be causing you to feel a short burst of energy, but make you feel tired in the long run.

Instead, focus on eating foods that will give you more energy that’s longer lasting.

Oatmeal. Oatmeal is easily digestible and high in fiber. It has magnesium, portein, phosphorus, and vitamin B1. Eat oatmeal every morning for instant and long-lasting energy. Steel-cut, old-fashioned, and thick cut are varieties that are less processed than the instant oatmeal varieties.

Yogurt. Yogurt is good for your digestive tract with its probiotics. It’s also high in protein and can be eaten any time of day. The Greek varieties have about two times the protein than regular yogurt. It’s also creamier. Add nuts and fruit for an even greater power-packed meal. If you or your older loved one has been taking antibiotics, yogurt’s probiotic content is an excellent way to rid the digestive system of the medication’s adverse effects.

Spinach. Spinach contains iron, magnesium, potassium, and B & C vitamins. The potassium helps build muscles (Popeye knew this!). Eat spinach in salad or as an add-on to many of your favorite dishes.

Beans. Beans are high fiber and low in fat and provide slow-burning energy. Soybeans are particularly nutritious. Eat beans as a replacement for red meat, in dips, in salads, in soup, and so on.

Nuts. Nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids–healthy fats and supply energy. Nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds all contain magnesium which helps your muscle health. Sesame seeds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and almonds can help you sleep due to their tryptophan content. Have a serving of nuts each day; raw nuts are preferable to roasted.


Seniors, are you eating right? Check out these 7 tips for better nutrition…

March 1st, 2015 No Comments

Fruit is good nutrition for seniorsNutrition challenges for older adults

If you’re an older senior, your eating patterns may be well set. You eat what you enjoy and maybe what’s the easiest to prepare. But are you eating RIGHT?

7 Tips to help you eat better:

  • You can love your food, but eat moderately, avoiding huge portions
  • Half of what you eat should include fruits and vegetables
  • Don’t drink whole milk–drink fat free or 1%
  • Be on the lookout for high sodium food; compare packages and choose lower sodium
  • Choose water instead of sugary drinks
  • Get your vitamin D through foods rich in the vitamin (dairy, eggs, saltwater fish), or through daily supplements
  • Get your protein through poultry, beans, fish, nuts, and seeds; these contain “healthy” oils–monounsaturated
Read more about National Nutrition Month.
Photo: MorgueFile by jeltovski


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.

Did you know that September is “National Eat Chicken Month”?

September 9th, 2014 1 Comment

Benefits of Eating Chicken

September is “National Eat Chicken Month.” September or year-round, chicken has many health benefits and deserves the celebration! If you’re a caregiver in NJ elder care, you want to serve the most nutrition-packed meals to your client or loved one. Make chicken a part of a healthy diet.

  • Chicken is a great source of protein — helps develop muscle
  • Rich in Niacin — niacin is a B-vitamin which helps prevent cancer
  • Helps relieve depression — eating chicken will help your brain’s serotonin levels increase, helping you feel less stressed and helps your mood
  • Helps prevent bone loss — the protein in chicken will help build strong bones and help prevent osteoporosis
  • Low in Fat — white meat chicken is low in fat
  • Rich in Vitamin A derivatives — helps keep your eyesight healthy with retinol, lycopene, and alpha and beta-carotene
  • Rich in Phosphorus — phosphorus is a mineral that helps your central nervous system, bones, teeth, kidney, and liver
  • Rich in Selenium — selenium is a mineral which aides thyroid, metabolism, hormone, and immune function
  • Affordable — one of the most affordable meats
  • Rich in B-complex vitamins — helps increase energy levels, keeps healthy blood vessels, and keeps your metabolism going
  • Heart Healthy — consuming chicken breasts helps suppress and controls the amino acid homocysteine levels; high levels can cause cardiovascular disease
  • Rich in Vitamin B12 — vitamin B12 helps keep your skin healthy

For chicken recipes, check out our Angel Recipes page.

Food rich in color is good for the heart…

March 18th, 2014 No Comments

If you’re a senior adult who enjoys eating cherries, plums, strawberries, and blueberries, you are on your way to a healthier heart! For NJ elder care‘s information: A study has shown that older adults who eat these foods are not as likely to die of stroke or heart disease. These foods are rich in flavonoids, which help protect cells in the body. Keeping cells from damage may help ward off cancer and other maladies. Flavonoids are also found in dark chocolate, tea, spinach, red wine, oranges, apples, nuts, as well as soy products.

To read the full AARP story, go to March is National Nutrition Month.

Thirsty or not, older people need to stay hydrated…

March 3rd, 2014 1 Comment

The Importance of Seniors Staying Hydrated

March is National Nutrition Month. Good nutrition and staying hydrated go hand-in-hand. Is your senior loved one getting enough fluids? Dehydration may be a significant problem with seniors, especially in the winter months, when they don’t “feel” thirsty. Health problems such as eczema, fatigue, depression, fatigue, headaches, and more can occur when one is dehydrated. The general rule of thumb is that each person should drink at least 8 glasses of fluids each day. Drink up!

Read more about dehydration in seniors during winter.


Are you celebrating National Date Week? The fruit, that is…

February 20th, 2014 No Comments

February 15-22 is National Date Week

Dates are not only delicious and naturally sweet, they’re also nutritious! Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, iron, and potassium. These minerals can help to lower blood pressure. A diet rich in fiber will help the digestive system, helping to avoid constipation and even colon cancer.

Other health benefits targeted to the older population include helping reduce the risk of stroke, helping to prevent hemorrhoids, helping to relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, and reducing the risk of getting colitis.

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe, visit the California Dates website:


Let’s celebrate popcorn! It’s National Popcorn Day!

January 19th, 2014 No Comments

January 19 is National Popcorn Day

Popcorn deserves its own day! It’s a snack food that’s really good for you. Because it’s a whole grain, it’s high in fiber and gives you energy through complex carbohydrates. It’s also low in calories; air-popped popcorn has only around 30 calories per cup. Adding butter will increase the calorie count, so add sparingly! “Unadorned” popcorn’s a guilt-free food to snack between meals—it’s satisfying and won’t spoil your appetite. Pop some for your older loved one today and share a smile!

For lots more on the wonders of popcorn, visit


Are your older parents eating right? Check out 6 ways to eat smart…

September 19th, 2013 No Comments

Improving Nutrition in Seniors

In the NJ elder care industry, we often see clients who don’t eat as well as they should. The American Dietetic Association has estimated 20-60 percent of seniors at home aren’t eating right and run the risk of malnutrition. Older people may have a variety of reasons for not eating well or enough. Depression, medications, and no desire to cook/prepare nutritious meals may all be reasons. We’ve listed some ways to help your older loved ones get the nutrition they need.

Six ways older adults can improve their senior nutrition:

  • 1. Take a daily multi-vitamin especially formulated for seniors
  • 2. Eat more fruits and vegetables–canned or fresh
  • 3. Select low-fat or fat-free dairy products–such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • 4. Eat less meat/eat more beans, fish, nuts, and seeds–the last three are rich in healthy oils
  • 5. Consume less saturated fats and trans-fats
  • 6. Get your Vitamin D–through exposure to sunlight or through a vitamin

At Visiting Angels, our aides can help your older loved ones eat more nutritionally with meal preparation. For more information about nutrition for seniors, visit our resource page.