Nutrition for Older People
Balanced nutrition leads to a healthier life
We all need to eat healthily in order to live a long, active and happy life. Attention to good eating and our “5 a day” is likely to mean we are stronger both physically, spiritually and mentally. This is even more important for our elderly community. As we get older, our ability to ward off disease and our capacity to function and deal with life’s ups and downs is not so robust. Whereas healthy eating leads to well-being, vibrancy and an active mind, poor nutrition can be dangerous in that it weakens us when dealing with daily issues and leaves us vulnerable to illness.
Good eating is good medicine
Our Interactive Caregiving™ approach is designed to help our Comfort Keepers guide and assist older people in eating a nutrient-rich diet that promotes good health. We can be there throughout the whole decision making, food shopping, meal preparation and eating process. Take a look at some of the ways in which we can help through our home care services.
The benefits of good nutrition are many:
- Accompanying/shopping for your loved one
- Cooking /helping with preparation of food and exploring new exciting nutritious recipes
- Companionship at mealtimes as this can so often stimulate the appetite.
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- Improved energy and feeling of wellness
- Strengthened immunity
- Sharpened mental focus
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Improved weight control, digestion and regularity
- Better cardiovascular health
- Reduced incidence of mood swings and depression
Comfort Keepers’® Watch programme
Sometimes the signs of hunger or under-nutrition are hard to detect. Comfort Keepers® wants families and our Care Workers to WATCH in order to spot signs of under-nutrition. The term “WATCH” represents five steps you can remember when observing the nutrition of a loved one: