How Eating Together During National Hot Breakfast Month Can Improve Your Senior’s CareFebruary 16, 2017
Elder Care in Nassau NY
As a family caregiver it is likely that you feel like you are always on the go. Your to-do list seems impossibly long and you are always trying to fit more activities and tasks into your day. This can mean sacrificing things that are valuable to your parent, yourself, and the rest of your family, such as eating meals together. February is National Hot Breakfast Month. This is the ideal opportunity to explore ways that eating hot meals together regularly can improve your parent’s care as well as their health, well-being, and quality of life.
While many people think of dinner when they think of eating meals together as a family, this is not the only option. Evenings are often the busiest time of the day for families, making it very challenging to all come together to eat. Switching to breakfasts together can give your family much the same benefits as eating dinner together while also starting your day off on the best foot.
Some of the benefits of eating together that your aging parent, and the rest of the family, can enjoy during National Hot Breakfast Month and throughout the rest of the year include:
Eat a healthier diet. Studies have shown that eating meals together encourages families to eat a healthier diet. Families that eat together are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables, and indulge less frequently in fried foods, soda, and other unhealthy options. They are also more likely to explore a wider variety of foods, which can help to support them getting more nutrients regularly. This is valuable for all members of the family.
Control calories. When families do not eat together they usually go for takeout, delivery, or convenience foods. This often means getting far more calories than they need, increasing the chances that they will be overweight or have difficulty controlling their weight. When you eat together you are able to better control the calories in the food and the portions that each member of the family eats, helping to trim down this intake and support a healthier body.
Support healthier relationships. Time spent together as a family often means sitting in the car in traffic while running errands, or watching TV at the end of the day. While this can be meaningful time as well, it involves a lot of distractions that can diminish your bond with your family. Eating meals together encourages stronger, more beneficial relationships among all members of the family, including your elderly parent. A sense of involvement and connection with the rest of the family can support better motivation and keep them healthier as they age in place.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the most compassionate, meaningful, and nurturing decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider are designed specifically for your elderly loved one’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as their personality, preferences, and goals. This means that they will be able to stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe, while also maintaining the lifestyle and quality of life that they desire and deserve moving forward. When it comes to supporting a healthier lifestyle through a better diet and eating more meals with others, this care provider can help your parent understand the types of foods that are best for them according to their health and any issues that they are facing, and identify recipes that are right for them. They can then get into the kitchen with them to help them prepare meals and snacks, and sit down to enjoy eating with them so that they are not alone and can enjoy the benefits of eating with others.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Nassau, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899. Call today!
Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.