It’s important for senior’s health to eat properly and food security is essential for the older adults nutritional needs; it’s imperative for them to consume an assortment of nutrient-rich foods that will help reduce the risks for developing chronic health illnesses, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
USDA has a recipe finder that is available in both English and Spanish, and within the site you can find recipes that provide you with Fat-free, low-fat dairy foods that contain calcium, have less saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, provides you with more fruits and vegetable, offers whole grain and reduces sodium intake.
You can make it more personal for your age, ethnicity…what you have or are able to cook with such as microwave, stove, blender etc… and you can get help with any meal, such as breakfast, appetizers, and soups, What is great about this website is that you can build your own cookbook, and print out your shopping list for the recipes. One big benefit to this is that you can put in what cost per serving you can afford and this provides the recipes that fit within your budget. And for the low income senior population with their wants and needs to be met and lack of funds this is a great resource to provide affordable nutritional meals. There are many factors such as; lack of confidence, sense of smell, sense of taste, visual perception, medications, movement issues, financial complications that are relevant to malnutrition
SNAP formally known as food stamps, to show that today’s assistance for food is provided through the Quest card which looks and works like a credit card providing a more discreet way to purchase food at the grocery store. SNAP acknowledges that within the senior population there is the stigma that many have towards accepting SNAP or other resources. Studies have shown that the elderly believe that they will only get the minimum of $16.00 per month; in 2012 the average benefit was $133.41. and “Only one-third of eligible seniors benefit from the program.”
At Element Home Care, we can help you prepare meals that are healthy, nutritious, and tasty. Call us today at 719-900-8820 or click here to fill out our contact form and we will call you!