Seniors: Are You Unable To Shop or Cook for Yourself?
As you age, it is even more important to take care of yourself. Seniors need a proper diet to maintain their health and well-being for this stage of their life. If you are unable to cook or shop for yourself, you have options.
Getting older doesn’t have to be a curse. As we age, there are a number of changes that go on in the body but we can deal with them by eating healthy, physical activity and getting some help from friends and family.
The body seems to betray us as we age. Maybe you don’t see as well as you used to or have as steady a hand. Inside, hormone levels drop as well as energy levels. Bones and muscles lose some of their strength which means walking slower or enduring joint pains.
Add to that, lifestyle changes. Seniors may no longer be able to take care of themselves in their own home. That loss of independence can be devastating. Living in a nursing home or assisted living (if funds allow) can seem like a step down from taking care of your own home.
Health and lifestyle can combine to affect your emotional state and therefore your nutrition. You may forget to eat or, due to illness or fear of falling, you don’t want to stand at the stove. That fear of instability may lead to a more sedentary lifestyle with little exercise.
Don’t despair. You can get the nutritional requirements you need. Seniors don’t have to be alone as they age or be without hope for a brighter future.
1. Home meal delivery – You can take a break from the stove with meals brought right to your door. Services like Meals on Wheels will deliver hot meals to seniors who don’t or can’t cook for themselves. The meals are nutritionally sound so that your body is not deprived of what it needs to function on a daily basis.
2. Hire a personal chef or homemaker – These professionals are used to preparing nutritional meals and can provide you with what you need to stay healthy. A homemaker can shop for you as well as prepare meals.
3. Family help – If any relatives live nearby, ask for their assistance. Not only can family help with the shopping, they can also enjoy a meal or two with you. When you aren’t sure what you need to eat, a family member can consult nutritionists on your behalf and stock your home with healthy meal options and snacks. Friends can come over and enjoy a meal with you a few nights a week and provide stimulating conversation.