Your senior might slow down on eating for a variety of reasons, but that may not be what she needs. Eating the right foods in the right combinations is really important for her, so there are some situations you might need to look more closely at to make sure all is well.
Rule out Dental Problems
Dental issues can do so much more to keep your senior from eating properly than you might think. Your senior may have trouble chewing or swallowing and her dentist may be able to help figure those issues out. Keeping your senior’s teeth or dental appliances clean, healthy, and properly fitted is crucial. Elder care providers can help your senior to manage these issues on a daily basis.
Make Sure She’s Able to Eat
Being able to eat involves other factors, too, though. For instance, your aging family member may not be able to see the food well on her plate. Using plates and bowls that contrast with the food makes it easier for her to see what she’s trying to eat. Accessible utensils also make a difference. Finding ones that are easy for someone with little grip strength to use is incredibly helpful. Do a search for other ways to meet your senior’s needs in terms of physically being able to eat.
Skip Meals and Go for Snacks
Meals themselves can be intimidating for your elderly family member. When she sees a lot of food in one place, even just on a plate, that can be a bit much. Something else to try is smaller snacks and meals throughout the day. This is also called “grazing” because your senior maybe isn’t sitting down for a formal meal but is grabbing something smaller multiple times throughout the day. Your elderly family member may even eat more if you go this route.
Keep Her Hydrated, Too
Hydration sometimes gets overlooked when it comes to nutrition and eating, but it’s super important, too. When your elderly family member is as hydrated as she should be, that’s going to do a lot to help her body to keep functioning the way that it should. Water is always the best option, but it’s sometimes tough to get enough water in. Look for foods that are hydrating and include more of those on a daily basis.
Work with your senior’s medical team to determine what nutritional needs your senior has and how you can best meet those needs for her.
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