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Diet and Nutrition Tips for Your Aging Parents

Diet and Nutrition Tips for Your Aging Parents

It’s often been said that food is love, and what better way to show your aging parents and senior family members how much you care about them than helping them to maintain a healthy diet and develop good nutrition habits as they get older. Making sure a senior loved one has healthy foods available and consistently eats healthy is one of the more essential parts of a home care plan. Home caregivers can pay special attention to a loved one’s diet so they have the foods that are best for them.

Many families in Needham, Newton, and the surrounding area rely on Homemaker Services from the Griswold Home Care Metrowest-Boston office to give loved ones a helping hand around the house. All of our caregivers are employees of Griswold Home Care and are given continuing education modules in the home care landscape, allowing them to provide the most current home care services.

Here are some healthy eating tips we often recommend to families who are focused on helping aging parents stay happy and healthy:

Drink plenty of liquids:

As you age, your sense of thirst decreases. Avoid dehydration in your older loved ones by reminding them to drink plenty of water and other liquids, even if they don’t feel thirsty. A caregiver from Griswold Home Care will help a loved one stay hydrated by ensuring water is readily available and promote regular breaks to stay hydrated.

Stock up on healthy options:

Make sure your aging loved ones’ kitchen is stocked with a variety of foods to give them the nutrients they need, which should include lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Griswold's comprehensive home care plans can help ensure an elder loved one has healthy food available whenever they’re eating a meal.

Cut down on sugar intake:

Eating foods that are naturally sweet, such as various types of fruits, is a great way to keep unhealthy sugars out of a seniors' diet. Reducing sugary treats cuts down on refined sugars, which are loaded with empty calories that offer no nutritional value.

Keep meals interesting:

Preparing new and exciting meals is one of the best ways to keep seniors excited about eating. Home caregivers from Griswold Home Care can help a loved one follow a schedule that includes foods they’re sure to enjoy along with new dishes to keep mealtime interesting.

The Griswold Home Care Metrowest-Boston office is dedicated to home care for the elderly and disabled. Griswold Home Care has been serving Needham and the surrounding communities since 1992 and understands how important a healthy diet is for aging loved ones. Our Homemaker Services offer a helping hand around the house so seniors can get help with things like meal planning and meal prep so they can age in the place they love and feel most comfortable: their home. Contact us at (781) 559-0073 today to learn more about how Griswold Home Care can help an older loved one in your family.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Metrowest Boston, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (781) 559-0073