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Special Nutrient Needs of Older Adults.

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Nutritional Needs of Older Adults

Many seniors struggle to cook healthy meals for themselves. There are a host of challenges associated with meal planning and preparation. Getting to the grocery store or carrying groceries home is difficult for people with mobility issues. Food preparation is challenging for seniors who struggle with issues such as vision or balance problems, or arthritic hands. As a result of these challenges, it's not always easy for seniors to eat regular, healthy meals. This is a cause for concern among careers who want to be sure their senior eats well, but don't have the time and resources to see to all their meals.

Nutrition is about eating a healthy and balanced diet so your body gets the nutrients that it needs. Nutrients are substances in foods that our bodies need so they can function and grow. They include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.

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Good nutrition is important, no matter what your age. It gives you energy and can help you control your weight. It may also help prevent some diseases, such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

But as you age, your body and life change, and so does what you need to stay healthy. For example, you may need fewer calories, but you still need to get enough nutrients. Some older adults need more protein.

Senior Meal Service Options

Small Red ArrowIn-Home Cooking Services (Personal Chefs)

Hiring a personal chef is generally not the affordable option-but it still may be preferable for those who have very specific dietary requirements or preferences. And if budget is a concern, you don't have to hire a professional chef to cook every night. Hiring someone to come in and cook three nights a week, for example, or make a number of meals that can be frozen and eaten later, can take the edge off for overstretched caregivers.

Small Red ArrowMeal Delivery Services

Home delivered meals are very popular and are popping up everywhere. Using a meal delivery service can be fun, fast, and easy, and can provide independence and autonomy for older adults aging in place either at their home or in yours. The types of services available include ready-made meals or meal kits that are delivered directly to your home. Here are the top service providers for both options.

These companies offer the perfect solution. Senior meals are nutritious, delicious and delivered right to your door. These companies offer a simple, convenient meal delivery service for seniors. You choose what you want to eat, with dozens of healthy, chef-prepared menu options.

What to look for in meal delivery services...

Knowing what you need from your meal delivery service makes it easier to choose the best one for you. Here are some things we recommend thinking about:

Your budget. Meal delivery services vary, but in general, expect to pay around $12 per meal. That means getting a single main meal for one person daily, six days a week, will cost around $72. Of course, the cost will rise if you add in lunches and snacks. Knowing your budget helps you figure out if a service is a good fit.

Your diet. If you have a special dietary requirement such as eating vegetarian or following a diabetic-friendly diet, be sure to check that the meal service caters for your needs.

How many meals you need. Not every senior needs every meal covered by their service. Perhaps you can cook some meals but can't cope with doing it daily. Or perhaps you have a family member who can assist with meal prep, or help prepare meals for the freezer.

Small Red ArrowHome Care Agencies

Additionally, you should consider home care agencies for meal prepping. Meal preparation is important to help aging seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle. Home care agencies provide thoughtful in-home cooking services for seniors to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience at every meal.

As part of their home care meal services, trained caregivers can assist with meal preparation and monitor the food and fluid intake of your senior parent to ensure healthy nutrition.

Caregivers can help plan and create meals that match your specific dietary needs and food preferences while still tasting delicious. This will allow your parent to enjoy home-cooked food that has the right nutrition, without having to do any of the work.

In Conclusion...

It's a good idea to look around at reviews. With so many review sites and message boards online, you'll normally find at least a handful of reviews and testimonials for each service. Seeing what other people are saying about them can help you make your decision.

With so many senior meal delivery options, and with the industry not going anywhere in the near future, there's no need for you and your loved one to struggle with getting healthy meals on the table. Of course, budget may be a constraint, but even having one or two meals a week taken care of can make a big difference.

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