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Holiday Travel Tips for Seniors

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This season is a really common time for family travel, especially around Thanksgiving and the Winter holidays, which are right around the corner. Traveling can be fun, but it can also be quite stressful and can take a lot out of you if you aren’t careful. This is especially true for seniors.

Traveling as a senior can be very strenuous. It can lead to illness and confusion and it can make any senior very tired when everything is said and done. Any senior planning on taking a trip this season, whether they are driving a few hours or flying across the country, needs to be prepared with a few travel tips.

Travel doesn’t have to be overly stressful, just keep these tips in mind first.

  • Load up on the vitamin C first. Seniors are already prone to getting sick during this time of year, but their chances increase even more when they are traveling. Stress, lack of sleep and being in tight quarters on planes and buses around sick people can all put seniors at risk when they travel. Giving the immune system a boost ahead of time with plenty of vitamin C and water can help ward off illness.
  • Keep medications handy. Seniors should always pack a purse, fanny pack or small backpack with all of their necessary medications or any medications they may need for when they travel. Think of this as a traveling medicine cabinet. It is always best to be as prepared as possible, and to make sure that this bag stays handy at all times, whether it is on a plane or when you are spending a day at a relative’s house.
  • Comfort is key. It is easy for seniors to want to push it while they are traveling in order to keep up with everyone else they are spending time with. Seniors should always make sure that they are wearing comfortable shoes, bringing a light jacket wherever they go and doing their best to know their own limits. There are so many seniors who ultimately get sick after they travel because they have stressed themselves out. This doesn’t have to be necessary.
  • Ask for help. There are many resources available for senior travelers, which is why no senior should feel bad asking for help. Seniors should try to travel with someone else, arrange for transportation when getting to and from the airport and take advantage of priority airline boarding for seniors. Travel can be stressful, but there are free resources available that can help.

The biggest thing for seniors to remember when traveling is that preparation is key. The more time they take to make sure all of the details are covered—the better off they will be. There is no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to traveling as a senior, and little tips like this can go a long way in helping any senior have a safer and more enjoyable travel experience.

How Music Benefits Seniors

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A lot of people, of all different ages and backgrounds love music and make music part of their everyday life. However, listening to music  can do more than just spark joy in people, it can actually come with a number of proven benefits—especially among seniors.

Take a look at some of the great benefits that music can have on any senior in your life.

Psychological Benefits

Music is more than just entertaining to listen to, it can have some serious psychological benefits as well. Seniors who listen to music regularly tend to have a better outlook on life. Studies show that seniors who listen to music regularly have more positive social interactions, better moves and improved interest levels in their hobbies and passions.

More specifically, researchers have looked at the benefits of listening to music on seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These studies found that those who listen to music can communicate better as music is one of the most powerful ways for seniors with dementia to trigger memories from their past. Music is a great way to stimulate the area of the brain that holds memories.

Physical Health Benefits

Seniors who are looking to promote better overall health may find that listening to music can help. Research on music and seniors found that those who listening to music regularly enjoy better sleep, less pain and better physical recovery time.

Listening to music can also help with coordination and increased mobility, which is something that every senior can benefit from. Whether seniors are just listening to music regularly or getting up and dancing to this music, they can expect physical benefits such as this.

Seniors who have recently suffered from a stroke may find some physical music benefits as well. Research shows that those who listen to music regularly after having a stroke tend to recover their verbal skills faster.

Reducing Stress

Seniors who easily get stressed or agitated can help find stress relief by listening to music. Research has shown that seniors who listen to music during times of stress enjoy higher self-esteem, increased feelings of relaxation and less tension and anxiety.

There are a few different approaches to this—you can play relaxing music for a senior loved one when they are feeling stressed or play a song that was meaningful to them in the past. There are also many seniors who find they can relax better before bed by listening to music before they fall asleep.

Music is an important part of everyday life and is something that is so easy for any senior to incorporate into their life, whether they are listening to music at home, on-the-go, in the car, or anywhere in between. If you are looking for a way to bring music into your senior loved one’s life, consider playing their favorite songs, taking them to a live concert or introducing them to some of your new favorite tunes you think they will love.

Fun Vacation Ideas for Seniors This Winter

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Now that fall is upon us and cold weather is right around the corner—there is no better time than the present to start thinking about some warm weather vacation destinations to help beat the cold and embrace the heat with the right vacation get away. There are so many great vacation ideas and destinations that are great for seniors, even those with limited mobility.

Any seniors who is looking for a fun getaway to escape the cold, consider these warm-weather destinations for an upcoming getaway.

Las Vegas

While many people think of Las Vegas as a place for late-night activities and bachelorette parties, it is actually one of the top destinations for seniors to get away. Las Vegas is perfect for the senior who prefers to sit inside and gamble instead of walking around and doing tourist attractions all day long.

There are also plenty of mobility options for seniors who are limited in their ability to get around, including lots of benches, wheelchair accessible areas and more. There are also plenty of shows and activities that run during the afternoon matinee. This means seniors don’t’ have to stay up late to take in all of the shows of Las Vegas. Plus, there are many performers with residencies and shows in Las Vegas that are of the senior generation—making it a great getaway for any elderly adult.

Phoenix, Arizona

Many seniors love Arizona and for good reason. Arizona is warm during the winter, but due to the dry heat, many seniors find it is much more tolerable than other warm weather destinations. Phoenix is a great destination for seniors as many locations are accessible by wheelchair and scooters and there are many museums and destinations that are easy for seniors to get around in and that even offer special senior discount rates.

Miami Beach, Florida

For seniors who prefer to be beach bums when they go on vacation—Miami Beach is a great place to get to. This area has a lot of retirees in the area, and plenty of senior-friendly activities for older travelers. Of course, the most popular reason to visit Miami Beach are the actual beaches!

Miami Beach has a huge stretch of beautiful white sand beaches, palm trees and beautiful fruit trees. There are also popular destinations including the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum that are accessible for seniors who may struggle with getting around. With so much to do, and sunny warm weather even in the winter, it is easy to see why this is such a popular vacation destination for older adults.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico is another great place for seniors to visit as it is warm all day long and has that dry heat that doesn’t get too overwhelming for older adults. Santa Fe has plenty to do for seniors and visitors of all ages, and it has beautiful scenery for visitors to enjoy. This city has a lot of galleries, museums and visitor attractions as well. Plus, it has some great history for any history-buff to enjoy! This city also has the oldest state capital in US history, which can be very fun for any senior to explore!

Key West, Florida

There is no denying that Florida is a very popular place for seniors. This includes popular destinations such as Key West. The Florida Keys has a number of great beaches, sailing and plenty of outdoor activities for seniors who like to be outside and enjoy the warm weather. Plus, Key West has a slower pace than some of the other Florida cities, making it great for older adult visitors. Plus, seniors will be in great company as this is one of the most popular places in the area for seniors to spend their retirement.

The Caribbean

For seniors who are looking for a memorable vacation and a real getaway—the Caribbean is a great option. There is so much to do in the Caribbean, but most seniors will love just dipping their toes in the crystal clear water and strolling along the white sand beaches. The Caribbean is known for being relaxing and low key, which is why it is more popular for seniors than other tropical destinations.

There are not only many senior-friendly destinations in the Caribbean, but retirees can enjoy a quiet vacation if they go during the right time of year. If seniors go during the winter and avoid spring break and summer crowds filled with kids, they can enjoy a quiet vacation destination that they are sure to love.

Of course, while choosing the right destination is most of the battle when it comes to planning a winter getaway, there are other tips for seniors to keep in mind as well to make sure that they are making the most of their vacation and staying safe and healthy while they do it. The more planning seniors can do ahead of their vacation the better.

Seniors should always make sure that they find a destination that works for their own individual limitations and abilities—this means finding a destination that isn’t too stressful to get to and one where flights or car rides are manageable enough to handle. Nothing can put a damper on a vacation quite like feeling sick, overwhelmed or too tired after the physical travel portion of the trip.

Seniors should keep these tips in mind as they plan their upcoming trips away, whether they choose one of these warm weather destinations, or any other place around the world.

 

 

Book Clubs for Seniors

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It is so important for seniors to be able to get out socialize with their peers and to engage in activities that can help keep them stay stimulated and active. This is one of the best ways to help seniors not only stay happy and avoid depression, but even help with issues such as early dementia.

Unfortunately, for many seniors, it can sometimes be difficult to maintain the type of social life that they want. This is why it is so important for seniors to think outside the box and to start joining different clubs and organizations designed with senior social events in mind. While meeting up with old friends for coffee is a great start, many times, this alone isn’t enough to help keep seniors as engaged and mentally and socially stimulated as they need.

This is why senior-only book clubs are so great. Here are a few of the many benefits of these book clubs.

  • It provides seniors with much-needed social time with their peers, which can be hard to schedule as we get older.
  • For seniors who live a more solitary lifestyle, it can help them meet new friends their own age, particularly if many of their friends have passed or moved away.
  • It can encourage seniors to challenge their minds by reading new books and materials, especially books they maybe wouldn’t have otherwise read.
  • Book clubs can show seniors they aren’t too old to try something new, which can be encouraging.
  • It is a great excuse for seniors to get out of the house.
  • If seniors join a book club that travels between homes, it can encourage them to host and keep their home in order for guests.

Seniors need to stay active as they age if they want to make sure they are aging in a healthy manner. Book clubs are a great way to do this. Most book clubs only meet about once a month, which means it won’t be too much of a commitment, especially for seniors who need help arranging transportation. Plus, having a book to read every month is a great way to help seniors build a more set schedule.

Finding a senior-only book club can be easier than it seems. There are Facebook and NextDoor groups that specifically cater to senior book clubs and meet ups. There are also many community centers, gyms, senior centers and assisted living homes that organize senior-only book clubs. There are book clubs that travel from place to place, or those that hold monthly meetings in the same place in community centers and assisted living communities.

Book clubs are just one of the many ways that today’s seniors can get out there, stay social and keep their minds and imaginations wandering as they enjoy a great activity with their peers.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there is no better time to start planning for some fun and festive Thanksgiving-themed activities. There is no better way to get in the Thanksgiving spirit than with a few planned activities, especially for seniors who are living in nursing homes or assisted living communities.

If you are looking for some inspiration or some fun activities to try this Thanksgiving season, take a look at these easy, fun and enjoyable activities that can bring some warmth, happiness and a sense of gratitude to any senior’s life during the Thanksgiving season.

Make Thanksgiving Cooking a Competition

Every family has their own traditions when it comes to the food they enjoy the recipes they make on Thanksgiving. Easily bring these recipes and traditions to a whole new audience of friends with a friendly Thanksgiving cooking competition. Seniors can reminisce about their favorite recipes, get back into the swing of things when it comes to cooking and baking and share their favorite foods with others.

It is also a fun way to taste the creations and concoctions of others, too! It is a great way to share and make fun memories around this holiday.

A Gratitude Tree

While it can be easy to think that Thanksgiving is all about turkey, treats and lazy football Sundays—what this holiday is really about is being thankful for what and who you have in your life. It can be easy for any person to forget about all of the things that they have to be grateful for around this time of year. This is where a gratitude tree comes in!

This is a great activity both in home and in an assisted living community or nursing home setting. All you need to do is write down what you are grateful or thankful for and hang them up on a tree, poster or bulletin board for others to see.

Write Thank You Notes To Friends and Family

Since Thanksgiving is all about being grateful and appreciative not only for the things that you have, but the people you have in your life as well. A great way to do this is to write thank you letters to the people that matter most. Seniors can do all of their thank you notes at once, or they can write notes throughout the month to simply tell the people in their lives how much they care.

These notes can be simple, sincere and heartfelt and will not only brighten up the days of others but will help the person writing look back fondly on some wonderful memories.

Thanksgiving Bingo

There is no denying that Bingo is a great game for seniors, and you can enjoy a fun twist on the classic game around Thanksgiving. Instead of using normal numbers on the Bingo card, try Thanksgiving-themed cards that have holiday images on them instead of numbers.

Thanksgiving Bingo isn’t only fun, but it can help with short-term memory, long-term memory and even critical thinking skills. This is why Bingo is so great and now it can help anyone get in the mood for Thanksgiving as well.

Try Some New Recipes

While cooking old recipes from the past is sure to bring a sense of nostalgia to the holiday season, Thanksgiving is also a great time to try some new recipes as well. There is no better time than the present for seniors to try something new and to expand their horizons—and a great way to do that during this time of year is to try some new recipes out. This can be a fun afternoon activity or seniors can get together with the whole family on Thanksgiving day.

Organize Family Photos

The fall is a great time to get together for family photos. If you want to really make this Thanksgiving one to remember, then getting together and organizing a family photo is a great option. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, and seniors will undoubtedly love having some beautiful, professional family photos that they can love and cherish.

Relax and Do Some Puzzles

Puzzles are a great post-Thanksgiving meal activity and a fun thing to do all month long as you get ready for the big day. Buy some Thanksgiving-themed puzzles so seniors can enjoy casually putting them together on their free time. This is a fun way for any senior to spend their afternoons in assisted living while getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Putting puzzles together also encourages critical thinking skills, problem solving and helps seniors with their fine motor skills as well. This is a great relaxing activity to enjoy during the chaos of the holiday season.

Get Creative With Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are great activities for seniors. They can help with fine motor skills and help seniors get their creative side of the brain working. This can even be a fun way for seniors to spend time with their grandchildren.

Whether seniors want to make decorative wreaths or garlands for their room or the assisted living community, or if they want to make decorations for someone special—there are a lot of different turkey and fall-themed ways to decorate for Thanksgiving.

Seniors can also help make decorations for the big day by creating fun and festive place cards for everyone who will be attending their Thanksgiving celebrations. Place cards can be as simple or as elaborate as seniors want and it is a great way for seniors to feel like they have helped or contributed to the big meal.

There is no wrong way to celebrate Thanksgiving and no end to the different ways that seniors living in their house, assisted living communities or nursing homes. It is all about appreciating the time of year and being grateful for what you have in front of you.

 

 

Thanksgiving is a great holiday where friends and family can all get together and spend quality time with one another. When you are planning on hosting Thanksgiving and have elderly family members coming to the table—there are certain things that you can do in order to help make your holiday senior-friendly. Here are a few things you can do.

Do a Quick Safety Check

Make sure that you have all of the rugs secured in the home (they can be a trip and fall hazard), and that you remove clutter from the home. Trip and fall accidents are some of the most common reasons that seniors end up in the hospital, so the more you can do to keep the home safe, the better. Make sure the home is well-lit, but be careful about having too many open flame candles around.

Preparing the Right Foods

Thanksgiving is all about the meal, which is why it is so important that you take the time to prepare the right meal for seniors. Here are a few things that you can do in order to make sure the meal is senior-friendly.

  • Make the food easy to swallow and chew, such as soft vegetables, stuffing and mashed potatoes. If seniors have dentures, it can reduce the amount of saliva they produce, making dry and tough foods more difficult to eat.
  • Add more seasoning but less salt to the menu. Salt can cause a serious spike in blood pressure, but in order to make up for the lack of salt, you can use other low-sodium savory seasonings. Some seniors struggle with taste due to the prescription medications, so seasonings can really help.
  • Keep foods easy to eat. The easier foods are to eat, the better. Seniors can hurt themselves with knives if they aren’t careful.

Of course, also make sure that there is someone nearby to help seniors during their meal just in case.

Be On the Lookout for Change

Many people aren’t able to see their senior family members as often as they would like. While this can be difficult, it can also be a blessing in disguise. This can give you the opportunity to look out for changes in your senior loved one. This can include signs of change in memory, or early signs of dementia. If you are visiting your senior loved in in their home, check the sign for cleanliness, take note of how the pets are doing and look for concerning signs such as expired food.

The more questions you can ask your senior loved ones, the better.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and no time is better than the present to start preparing for this holiday, especially if you have seniors coming to the table. Keep these tips in mind to help make sure that your Thanksgiving meal is comfortable and memorable for your senior guests.

Halloween is right around the corner, and this isn’t just a popular holiday for trick-or-treaters, it is a fun time of year for people of all ages—including seniors! If you have a special senior in your life and are looking for fun activities to do with this individual around Halloween, we have 13 suggestions for fun, stimulating activities that are sure to help you all make memories that you will cherish.

  1. Send Halloween Cards- This is a great, unexpected time of year for seniors to send cards, letters and messages to those they care about.
  2. Decorate Pumpkins- This is a classic activity that is fun no matter what your age is. If you are worried about the senior using sharp objects, you can always paint pumpkins instead.
  3. Make Halloween Cookies- Baking is fun any time of year, so why not make Halloween-themed cookies? There are plenty of fun Halloween-themed cookie cutters out there ranging from pumpkins to ghosts and everything in between.
  4. Make Apple Cider- This is a nice, warm treat that is easy to make and delicious to enjoy—and it will keep any senior feeling nice and cozy on a cool, crisp fall night.
  5. Share Scary Stories- This is a fun campfire activity that can be just as spooky and scary indoors as well. If you don’t have any scary stories on the top of your head, you can find quite a few online.
  6. Hand Out Candy for Trick-or-Treating- If your senior loved one doesn’t live in an area where trick-or-treaters are common, invite them over to a friend or loved one’s house where they get plenty of trick or treaters. This is sure to be really fun for any senior.
  7. Decorate- Whether seniors are decorating their room in assisted living or an entire home, there is no easier way to get in the Halloween spirit.
  8. Have a Horror Movie Marathon- Pull out some of the old classic horror movies like Psycho and relive the glory days of fun yet campy scary movies with a classic scary movie marathon.
  9. Go Shopping for Kids Halloween Costumes- If you have a little one in your life who is all excited for their Halloween costume, then take your senior loved one with you to shop for a costumes—this is a fun way to get in the spooky spirit.
  10. Do Arts and Crafts- There are plenty of fun Halloween-themed arts and crafts that not only result in adorable art projects but that can be a great way for seniors to stay active during the day.
  11. Play Halloween Charades- Put a scary twist on the classic game of charades by making everything Halloween themed! It is a fun way to get in the spirit of the holiday.
  12. Go to a Pumpkin Patch- This is a fun activity for a nice fall day and a great way to get outdoors in the fresh air.
  13. Look at Old Halloween Pictures- Gather your favorite Halloween pictures from years passed and share them with your senior loved one—it is a fun trip down memory lane!

Keep these 13 fun and festive tips in mind when Halloween rolls around, they are sure to provide you and your senior loved ones with hours of fun.

 

11 Simple Soulful Tips for Seniors

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There are many simple things you can do in life that will help lift your spirit and brighten your day.  As seniors move into their golden years, even the smallest positive action can help reignite the spark for life.

With all of the wisdom from their vast experience, seniors can easily bring light and energy into their lives every day with the following simple soulful tips:

  1. Simply breathe. Breath is synonymous with Spirit. Take some deep breaths throughout the day to expand your lungs, open your heart and stay grounded.
  2. Keep good company. Energy is contagious, so make friends with people who are positive, supportive, and engaging to elevate your mood.
  3. Share your amazing stories with the youngsters. Grandchildren and other young people love to learn about history, hear your wisdom and laugh at the shenanigans from your youth!
  4. De-clutter your space. Clutter is just a postponed decision and eats up your energy. When you donate, you feel great. As Deepak Chopra says, “Whatever you give, comes back ten-fold.”
  5. Open some windows. Bring in some fresh air, this will flush out the old energy and enliven your space, spirit, and attitude.
  6. Buy or pick some flowers. Place fresh flowers in your home to feel joy every time you walk in the room.
  7. Practice self-healing through energy work or Reiki. Reiki practitioner and teacher, Karen Cay, defines Reiki as “an amazing healing system and the Source is Universal energy. It is the most natural way to heal another’s pain, stresses and blocks and struggles.”
  8. Spend time in nature. Hug a tree, walk barefoot on the ground to connect to the Earth, bask in the sunshine, watch all the beautiful birds, and funny squirrels to synch up with nature. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
  9. Get a pet. Spending time with animals or a special pet will touch your heart and bring forth feelings of happiness and compassion.
  10. Eat a healthy diet. Consume healthy organic foods, drink lots of water, and try to drink less caffeine. Your physical body will thank you and this will bring balance and harmony with your body and soul.
  11. Practice gratitude. Being thankful and having gratitude for everything in your life can make a difference. If you run through a list every morning, this will set a positive tone for the day, every day.

Ask any professional what one of the best things for seniors is and they will tell you that routine is everything. Routines are important for any adult—particularly older adults who tend to have days that are unstructured and unpredictable, especially when they are no longer working or taking care of children. While this can seem great to some, it can actually add a great deal of stress to any senior’s live.

This is where a set routine comes in.

Routines can help seniors in the following ways:

Creating a Better Sleep Routine

One of the most important benefits of having a regular routine, is that it can help anyone get on a better sleep routine. Routines will not only help seniors fall asleep and stay asleep, but they can prevent seniors from waking up in the middle of the night as well.

Sleep schedules can also serve as the foundation of any senior’s routine. Seniors should be waking up at and going to sleep at the same time every day and night. This will help set their internal clock and help make sure that they actually feel tired at night when it is time to drift off.

Once seniors have a routine with going to bed and waking up, they should add dressing, grooming and meals to their set daily schedule as well.

Helping Seniors Feel Safe and Secure

Another great benefit of a set daily routine is that it can help any senior feel more safe and secure, particularly if they are dealing with conditions such as dementia or memory loss. When seniors live in a constant state of uncertainty, it can lead to increased confusion.

Routines can help with memory, cognitive issues and stability and help prevent seniors from feeling surprised when new or confusing things come their way.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety

When seniors have an unpredictable routine, they can start feeling stressed or anxious and this stress and anxiety can start seeping in to other areas of their lives. A predictable routine can help reduce this stress and make any other challenges that come that senior’s way seem more manageable.

This way, seniors know when they will be doing things, who will be helping them and how it will be done. Plus, over time, when seniors have the same routine day after day, it will become  part of their body memory, meaning even if they are struggling with cognitive issues, they won’t be consciously worrying as much about what they can expect next.

Routines can help seniors and they can help those who care for seniors as well, but sometimes creating this routine is more difficult than it seems. It can take some time, effort and diligence to make a routine a real habit. It is also important to know why these daily routines are so important, as this can help any senior and their loved ones help make these routines a reality.

How to Help an Elderly Individual With No Appetite

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If you are caring for a senior who is reluctant to eat as much as they should—nothing can be more frustrating. Obviously, every senior needs to eat square, healthy balanced meals throughout the day, but there are many older adults who lose their appetite as they age. Living a sedentary lifestyle, certain medications and dementia can all cause seniors to lose their appetite. But as their caregiver—what can you do when a senior just doesn’t want to eat?

Here are a few tips that can help.

  • Create a Routine- Having a regular meal and snack schedule can help seniors get in the habit of eating, even if they aren’t necessarily hungry or craving food. Many seniors won’t feel their hunger naturally, as this sensation tends to decline as they age—so serving food at the same time every day can help encourage seniors to eat, even when they don’t feel they need to.
  • Serve More Nutrient Dense Foods- There are many seniors who don’t like to eat a lot in terms of quantity, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t make up for it with quality, nutrient-rich foods. Avocados, peanut butters, almonds and soft cheeses are all great, dense foods that can help give seniors the nutrients and calories that they need without having to eat a great deal of volume.
  • Make Smoothies- Smoothies are a great way to encourage seniors (or anyone) to get all of the nutrients that they need without having to eat a great deal in terms of volume. Smoothies can be sweet and delicious and filled with fruits and veggies. To add more calories to these smoothies consider adding peanut butter or full-fat milk.
  • Remove Utensils From the Situation- There are many seniors who struggle with using utensils. Whether cognitive issues, trembling, arthritis or anything in between is to blame, issues like this can make it frustrating for seniors to use utensils. This may be enough to frustrate seniors so much that they decide not to eat. Replace foods that require utensils with finger foods like chicken nuggets, fish sticks, fruit or raw veggies.
  • Keep Snacks on Hand- If seniors aren’t ready to sit down and eat big meals during the day, consider having plenty of prepared, easy-to-eat snacks around during the day. These snacks can include fruit, cheese and crackers, yogurt or string cheese.

Remember, if seniors aren’t eating for an extended period of time, it is important to take them to visit their doctor. A medical professional may be able to diagnose a more serious underlying issue. Dental problems, medication side effects and serious health conditions can all lead to a sudden and dangerous loss of appetite. Plus, some seniors who refuse to eat long enough can develop serious health complications and malnourishment as a result of this action.

Visiting a doctor when you feel concern is always a smart move.

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