Staying at home has meant more home-cooked meals for many. Nourishing our bodies with healthy, nutrient-rich foods is an important part of healthy aging. For some older adults, cooking more meals at home may be enjoyable and a good way to pass time, however, many older adults may be struggling with maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.
Approximately one third of Canadians aged 65 or older are at risk of poor nutrition due to one or more factors including a lack of appetite or sense of taste, low income, isolation and physical disabilities. The current challenges the pandemic creates may make it even harder for these older adults to get the nutrients necessary for good health. Concerns about going out in public grocery stores, or difficulties getting to a store make getting essential items difficult.
Older adults who may be at risk of poor nutrition have previously relied on dietitians, nurses, doctors, community health care workers and caregivers to ensure they are eating nutritious meals. In the current environment, older adults may have to rely more heavily on caregivers and those in the community to provide them with the assistance they need to buy essential groceries and prepare meals for them. It is now more important than ever to check on your elderly neighbours and loved ones by phone or other means to ensure their food security.
Eating well is not always easy, and for some older adults, it can be more challenging, especially in these trying times. We have compiled some helpful resources on nutrition for older adults to help you and your loved ones stay healthy.