There are many conditions that can make eating difficult for older adults. Their hands may shake, making food fall from their fork or spoon. Or, arthritic hands might have difficulty holding the fork at all. Other conditions that may affect the ability to eat are stroke, dementia, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Eating can also be hard because of health problems that affect the mouth or digestive system.
If you’re a family caregiver to an older adult who has difficulty eating, here ...
Keeping your elderly family member healthy and happy involves helping her to get the nutritional balance that she needs. Here are some ways you can assess how well your senior is doing in her quest for eating well and what you can do to help.
Does She Have Plenty of Healthy Food Choices?
If your senior is stuck in a rut or she hasn't been to the store in a while, you might not see much variety in her fridge and pantry. This ...
When you think about food safety, the first thing you think about might be whether the food is thoroughly cooked. What can be more important is how the food is stored before and after it's cooked. If you haven't paid much attention to how your elderly family member is storing her food, it might be time to take a closer look.
Check Whether the Food Requires Refrigeration
Some foods require refrigeration, but that may not have been how your family stored them ...
Chances are you’re familiar with the discomfort of heartburn—that burning feeling you get in your chest. It’s uncomfortable for sure. Heartburn happens when stomach acid gets into the esophagus. This can happen when the sphincter that closes to keep food down in the stomach relaxes or becomes weak.
Heartburn can happen to anyone, including seniors. If your parent occasionally suffers from heartburn, there are many things you can do to help ease the discomfort and prevent heartburn from recurring. Below are some ...