The National Institute of Aging shared that some common problems, like those listed below, can make it harder for older people to follow through on smart food choices.
Here are some problem-solving suggestions.
- Tired of cooking or eating alone?
- Problems chewing food?
- Sometimes hard to swallow your food?
- Food tastes different?
- Feeling sad and don’t want to eat?
- Just not hungry?
- Trouble getting enough calories?
- Physical problems making it hard to eat?
- Can food and medicines interact?
- Lactose intolerant?
- Weight problems adding to frailty?
Tired of Cooking or Eating Alone?
Maybe you are tired of planning and cooking dinners every night. Have you considered some potluck meals? If everyone brings one part of the meal, cooking is a lot easier, and there might be leftovers to share. Or try cooking with a friend to make a meal you can enjoy together. Also look into having some meals at a nearby senior center, community center, or religious facility. Not only will you enjoy a free or low-cost meal, but you will have some company while you eat.