One of the most significant problems for the elderly, which is often overlooked, is malnutrition. According to a survey conducted by Meals on Wheels Association of America, ‘food insecurity’ is present in more than 11.4 percent of seniors older than 65. This amounts up to a sum of 2.5 million older adults who are at risk of going hungry while 750,000 already are.
Luckily for some of those elderly, there are community programs such as Meals on Wheels which work on delivering meals to seniors on their doorsteps. Also, there are on-site meal programs that are provided by various organizations and federal food stamp programs.
But, the bad news is that 60 percent of low-income older adults who are eligible for these programs haven’t applied. For those that are not eligible or just doesn’t want to participate in these programs, there are other ways for seniors to get proper nutrition.
8 Ways for Seniors to Get Proper Nutrition
- They should try to find a grocery store nearby that has a delivery service.
- If there are churches or community organizations in your neighborhood, you should look for volunteers that are willing to go shopping and cook for the elderly.
- Seniors can talk to friends and family and occasionally share a meal or two with them.
- Seniors who live alone can look for their pairs who are in the same situation, and share a meal among themselves.
- Some seniors might be experiencing malnutrition because they eat food that doesn’t suit their needs. In order to eat correctly, and avoid malnutrition, older adults should consult a dietitian.
- Seniors can hire a professional caregiver to assist them with meal preparation and grocery shopping,
- Seniors should schedule an appointment with their doctor to talk about nutritional problems and medications that they use. Some drugs can affect appetite.
- Exercise on a regular basis, as this can boost appetite.
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