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Is your Senior Eating Healthy?
March, 2019 - Issue #174
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Healthy eating and proper nutrition can be difficult at any age, but for seniors, maintaining good nutrition can be challenging. Those with aging loved ones should help with meal planning and dine together as often as possible. Meals together can help seniors struggling with loneliness, poor diet and medication management. Here's simple ways to help your senior shop for good food to eat right.

Plan and make a list.
Sit down with your loved one and make a list of what he or she wants to eat for the week. This planning saves time and money.

Invite a friend.

Companionship helps your senior's social needs and can make the task of grocery shopping easier and more fun.

Shop the store perimeter.
Do your shopping on the perimeter of the store where most of the fresh, healthier foods are located.

Avoid convenient, processed foods.

Don't be tempted to buy prepackaged meals; most of these foods lack nutritional value that many seniors require.

Look for ways to hydrate more.

In addition to water, look for foods like watermelon, popsicles and low-sodium soups that are hydrating. Or, look for ways to enhance water, such as a splash of juice or adding fruit like lemons and limes.
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