It’s not unusual for seniors to prefer only certain kinds of foods. Sometimes dental issues mean that seniors have trouble chewing so they prefer softer foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. Some seniors have sensory issues, meaning they may prefer certain foods. Other might buy the same foods over and over because it’s what they can afford or what they can safely and comfortably cook.
However, food ruts can be dangerous for seniors because they may skip meals or not eat at all due to boredom with the foods they eat all the time. Because malnutrition is a very big problem for seniors, avoiding food ruts is important.
Senior Home Care
Senior home care is the best antidote for a food rut. When seniors have senior home care they have someone who can help them cook new meals. Senior home care also means seniors will have assistance when they are shopping so that they can buy foods that they wouldn’t normally get and try new foods. With someone to take them shopping and help them shop seniors may find that their tastes are more adventurous than they thought. A home care provider can also share meals with seniors, which makes trying new meals a lot more fun.
Take A Cooking Class
Seniors can also bust out of food rut by taking a cooking class. They can take a class in a type of cuisine they have always wanted to try or just take a class to brush up on cooking basics. Taking a cooking class also gives seniors some valuable social interaction and a new hobby that could turn into a real passion. Many seniors find that they have a true calling for cooking and baking after taking a class. Check the local seniors center or a local community college for cooking classes. Some restaurants also offer classes when the restaurant is closed to diners.
Try New Snacks
If seniors are set in their ways when it comes to meals they can change up their snacks to bring some pizzazz to their diet. Take your senior parent to an ethnic grocery store to find some interesting new snacks. Or, make your own snacks from local and fresh ingredients. You can also sign your senior parent up for mail order snack boxes that come once a month and are filled with a variety of snacks from around the world.
Get A Meal Delivery Service
Meal delivery services can be a game-changer for seniors. Meal kit delivery services send seniors a kit with all the ingredients they need to make a meal. The ingredients are already prepared and portioned so seniors or their caregiver just need to combine them and cook them. Seniors can choose the meals they want online or through a smartphone so that they’re getting meals they really want to eat. Giving seniors dozens of options for fun and interesting meals can help seniors avoid malnutrition and enjoy meals again.