New research shows that Canadian seniors who are on their own at mealtimes, are at greater risk for poor nutrition. A lack of shared meals with others is the biggest challenge for them.
Think about the following when assessing malnutrition in seniors.
Loneliness: Living alone can cause a senior to eat less frequently or skip meals altogether. Not having others around at meal times may lessen the importance of eating regular nutritious meals.
Balanced Diet: Nearly half of seniors who live alone fail to consume enough fruits, vegetables or dairy products. Talk with your loved one about their favourite recipes that contain healthy ingredients from each of the food groups.
Health Conditions and Medications: Many Older adults don’t feel like eating as a result of exiting health conditions. Nearly 71 percent of seniors take three or more different medications a day. Talk to your senior’s health care team about how medications might impact their appetite.
Grocery Shopping: 25 percent of seniors who live alone encounter issues going to a grocery store. Your Mississauga CalaCare office can provide transportation for shopping. Help your senior put together a grocery list, reminding them of all the wonderful foods they used to cook for you. Prepare by stocking back-up food, water and high-nutrition products in case a trip to the store isn’t possible. Hire a companion for your older loved to help them with meal planning, cooking and grocery shopping.
Expired Foods: Check the fridge and freezer for foods that have expired or are about to expire. Repackage food in smaller portions and labelling the package in big letters with the date and contents.
CalaCare offers home support services for seniors which include meal planning and preparation, grocery shopping and companionship. For more information call us at 905-330-5405, toll free at 888-774-CALA (2252). Additionally you can email us at email@example.com or use the contact form at the top of this page.