What do you do when you are concerned your aging parents not eating well? How do you know without seeming like you are nosy or trying to manage their lives.
In the video below – watch Jolyn – share tips to get quick insight into how to know if your aging parents aren’t eating well.
Watch for these 5 signs that your aging parents are not eating well:
- Not enough food in fridge or pantry
- The fridge and pantry are full of food not being used, or expired or moldy food
- Cupboards seem oddly disorganized, nothing seems in an appropriate place
- Parent is unable to perform a task such as making tea (as long as they were able to do it before)
- Parent is reluctant for you to see in fridge or pantry
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Not eating well can result in loss of muscle mass, dehydration, poor memory and decision making. Eating well is a cornerstone to aging well. Identifying early when an aging parent not eating well, can quickly stop a slippery slope of health decline.
Making Cooking Easier
I often speak to older adults about learning to use a crockpot. Cooking for 1 or 2 can be hard to be nutritiously balanced. In a crockpot, they can make a large batch and then freeze leftovers to have easy meals to heat up in the future in a microwave. Family can even help prepare ‘dump meals’ where they simply add all ingredients at once to crockpot and turn it on, so it is very easy to prepare.
Simply purchase some good freezer bowls and freeze the meals in individual portions, ready to heat up!
For resources about meal services that may benefit your aging parents who aren’t eating well – be sure to check out our Resource Library – Around the House segment.
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