Senior Impact

Caring for Good Nutrition

Make dining a pleasure and reap the nutrition benefits by implementing the following:
  • Create a relaxed environment during mealtimes.
    • Keep the pace leisurely and the conversation pleasant.
    • Donít dwell if one refuses to eat.

  • If weight loss or minimal appetite are concerns,
    • Offer smaller portions and more frequent meals or snacks. For example, serve six small meals per day, rather than 3 meals per day.
    • Provide a variety of high calorie, nutrient rich foods, such as cream of vegetable soup with powdered milk added, mashed potatoes with butter and whole milk, creamed spinach, or apples with peanut butter and honey.
    • Consider providing an instant breakfast drink made with milk as a snack.

  • Serve a variety of nutritious, old-fashioned, comfort foods.

  • If your loved one has difficulty using utensils, be flexible and offer finger foods. Some examples are diced vegetables, bite size chicken, cheese cubes, or bread.

  • If your loved one has swallowing problems, slightly thickened liquids may help. Examples are vegetable juice and fruit nectars. Please seek medical advice for further evaluation and food texture modifications.

  • Ensure water and other fluids are available all day. Include juices, broth, gelatin, ice pops, decaffeinated coffee or tea.
As a Caregiver, donít forget to take care of your own nutritional needs.

For further questions, please contact you local Area Agency on Aging