The Importance of Companionship for Healthy Eating

Megan Ray  |  September 2, 2011

Seniors cooking in kitchenCaregivers may have a host of worries for their aging parents - are they taking their medications? Are they falling? Are they getting dressed in the morning?

One major aspect that many people take for granted is nutrition. 'Mom fed a family of five for years, so of course she is feeding herself just fine,' many caregivers assume. But in reality, many seniors who live alone often fall victim to poor nutrition because they lack the motivation to prepare a healthy meal if they don't have someone to cook for and sit down to eat with, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Another issue at hand is the fact that as people get older, their metabolism changes, burning and requiring fewer calories, and they lose interest in food altogether, according to Harvard Medical School.

Even when seniors receive Meals on Wheels - healthy meals delivered to their homes - they sometimes don't eat them, the news source reports. Experts believe that socialization may be the issue at hand.

Seniors who live in retirement communities or assisted living facilities have access to more opportunities for socialization, as well as skilled professionals who can monitor health and eating in those who are especially prone to under-eating.  

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