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Excellent need-to-know information.
Followed many of these points when my parents were alive.
What about a spouse taking care of a spouse, both elderly? One thing that wasn't mentioned is that us older folks have trouble digesting foods. I don't recommend too many beans, or leafy green vegetables for instance. Just my thoughts.
Very helpful article.
I took care of my mother for 10 years. I encountered most of these problems. Add Parkinson's and mini-strokes which made chewing and swallowing very difficult. Small portions of soft foods several times a day worked for us.
I took care of my mother for 10 years. I encountered most of these problems. Add Parkinson's and mini-strokes which made chewing and swallowing very difficult. Small portions of soft foods several times a day wprked for us.
I will pass on this information.
Another problem: when living alone it gets very boring eating the same food several days in a row. The portions of meat and veggies sold are the size of at least two large appetites and most seniors have a moderate appetite at best. Supermarkets could be a big help if they provided single portion meals with all the fixings that you cook and prepare yourself as they do in the UK. It also encourages a walk to the market each day to decide what you are in the mood for. All helping a healthier aging.
Thanks for info
As a senior, I can relate to some of these suggestions. I can get around, but shopping is one thing I have trouble with. My neighbor goes with me and I do the driving and picks up my groceries, then I take her around to other places she needs to go since she doesn't drive. Works great for both of us.
Let's keep those seniors supported.
Some strokes actually change the way taste is perceived making even sweet or previously pleasant foods taste very bitter.
I'll second the previous comment about being careful with Parkinson's or stroke patients with swallowing difficulties. Rice or bean skins seems bland but are too easy to aspirate unless sort of "glued" down with gravy or sauces or solids.
I find that our Senior Citizen Center foods are like the greasy bucket with too much sugar and sometimes too much spice. They have meals 2 times a week and its a great social event. But because of the quality of the food, I won't go there.
I don't mind shopping since I usually find handicapped parking and there are electric carts. But hauling them into the house can be very laborious.
At 65, I don't consider myself all that elderly but a lot of the time I am just not interested enough to plan a meal. I will wait to eat until I get hungry and may find myself eating total crap or snack-type foods because when I get hungry, I am ready to eat right then. My 85-year-old mother is actually better than I am because she wants to put "3 squares" on the table a day, which is more food than I want. I eat in order not to hurt her feelings and wind up eating way too much.
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