Of course, I know that many seniors live alone, and cooking for one – and eating alone – just isn’t fun. So, at that level, I certainly how malnutrition can be a risk.
But clearly, there’s more to it than just that.
Pamela L. Ramage-Morin and Didier Garriguet published an insightful article that explained that items such diminished appetitite and changes to the taste and smell senses also play a role. Compounding these factors, are appetite and/or nutrition suppressing medications.
Inspired by their research, here’s six questions to help you assess if the Senior in your life is at risk of experiencing malnutrition:
- Does the senior eat most meals alone?
- Does side effects of prescribed medications include appetite suppression?
- Does the senior have mobility limitations – inside the home?
- Does the senior have mobility limitations – outside of the home?
- Does the senior have financial limitations that restrict purchasing nutritious food?
- Does the senior experience depression or periods of loneliness?
…if you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it may be useful to explore how you might help provide support for your Senior.
If you’re looking for a solution today, Clover now provides the delivery of tasty, nutritionally-balanced meals to Seniors in the Edmonton area – in quantities of 5 or 10 meals.
The meals are pre-frozen, designed specifically for seniors, and come with instructions on how to re-heat them.