Your elderly loved one is getting older. The older they get, the slower their metabolism gets. This can cause them to gain weight, feel more fatigued, and have a decline in their health, as well. However, the process doesn’t have to happen like that. There are some things you can do to help your elderly loved one to live a better life. One of the things that can be done is to help them live more nutritiously. This will boost their energy, improve their memory, and boost their overall physical and mental health.
Drink More Water
One of the best things for elderly adults to do is to drink more water. Research shows that as one gets older, they aren’t as thirsty. This may mean they aren’t going to drink the water that is necessary for their health. It is important that you and your loved one’s elder care providers encourage them to drink more water throughout the day. It may be best to have bottles of water around where they sit, so they don’t forget to drink water over the course of the day.
Eat a Balanced Diet
As people get older, they also tend to eat the same foods over and over again. In some cases, the foods they are eating aren’t healthy either. It is important that your elderly loved one eats a balanced diet. Their diet needs to be filled with low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein.
You can also help your elderly loved one to live a more nutritious lifestyle by meal planning with them. Sit down with your elderly loved one every Saturday and plan out the meals for that week. On Sunday, someone can go to the store and get the food for that week’s meal plan. After getting to your loved one’s home, the meals can be prepped and ready to go for your loved one.
Limit Table Salt
Many elderly adults will use more table salt as they get older. Research shows this is because their sense of taste isn’t as great as it used to be, so they want to add flavor to their food. It is important that your elderly loved one reduces the amount of table salt they use. There are many other things they can use to flavor their food such as spices and herbs.
These are some of the ways you can help your elderly loved one to live a more nutritious lifestyle. Start adding one of these tips in a week to see how they benefit your elderly loved one.