Maintaining a healthy weight is vital for seniors receiving North Coast elderly care, but many begin to lose weight for a variety of reasons, including complications from illnesses and injuries. The following tips can help ensure your ageing loved one does not lose an unhealthy amount of weight.
Help Your Loved One Eat More Frequently
Frequent meals boost metabolism while helping increase the overall amount of calories a person consumes. Smaller meals eaten more frequently may work better for your loved one than trying to finish three larger meals. Small meal ideas to help increase your loved one’s weight include chocolate, decaffeinated coffee, smoothies, and sweetened yogurts.
Recommend Calorie-Dense Foods
Some seniors tend to be less prone to enjoying meals as they age. Eating calorie-dense foods can help ensure your loved one maintains a healthy weight even if he or she is not eating very much food. Dairy, meats like chicken and beef, fish, nuts and butters derived from them, and chocolate are examples of calorie-dense foods that can help keep your loved one from losing too much weight.
Add Flavor to Foods
One of the most prominent problems seniors face is a lack of enthusiasm when eating. Their sense of taste may be less acute or they may favor certain flavors. When you prepare meals for your loved one, consider adding fresh herbs, curry or chili powder, and citrus to them. These can enhance the flavor of meals in ways that encourage your loved one to eat more than he or she might otherwise.
Make Meals into a Group Activity
When you or a North Coast caregiver go grocery shopping, take your loved one along with you for help choosing the ingredients and meals he or she enjoys. When your loved one has exciting meals to look forward to, it becomes more likely he or she will eat more and keep the weight on.
Encourage Light Exercise
One reason seniors tend to lack an appetite revolves around a sedentary lifestyle. By encouraging light regular exercise, you may be able to jog your loved one’s appetite. Consider going on a quick walk around the neighborhood before you eat meals with your loved one.
When unhealthy weight loss begins affecting your loved one’s quality of life, it may be time to consider aged care. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are expertly trained to provide assistance with nutritious meal preparation, exercise, and much more. We also offer specialised Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care in North Coast for seniors who need more extensive assistance. If you would like to learn more about our aged care services, give an experienced Care Manager a call at (02) 6646 3527 to schedule a complimentary consultation.