As we prepare to head into fall it is the perfect time to reinforce the importance of eating well. This can be especially challenging for seniors who live independently and alone and are not inclined to put the thought and time into preparing a proper meal just for themselves.
Choose a comfortable place to have your meals and create an inviting eating space with flowers, nice music, and a favourite place setting.
If the kitchen or dining table seems drab try having meals outside on the deck (temperatures permitting), or in front of a favourite TV program. You can also improve your mealtime by perusing paper or reading a favorite novel while you eat.
Make your exercise time just before dinner. Go for a walk or sign up for yoga or an exercise class late in the afternoons.
Ask someone to come and join you for a meal. It can be a family member, a friend or a neighbour. This will get you thinking about cooking something special and force you into the grocery store to see all that’s fresh and in season. If this seems too daunting, make it a potluck and invite two friends!
Sometimes all you need is a little something new! Clip a simple recipe with not too many ingredients and give it a try. If it tastes good you will be inspired to share it with others and this can lead to a recipe exchange.
Lots of restaurants have healthy choices on the menu and many offer seniors discount rates. Consider treating yourself once a month and order something you rarely would cook for yourself!
There are lots of benefits to moving to a retirement community where you can enjoy the convenience of healthy meals provided for you and the enrichment of recreational, social, health and community benefits. To learn more about what’s on the menu at an AgeCare Retirement Living communities check out a community in your area.
Pat Fream is a wife, mother and 30-year writer with extensive experience in the human services industry. In all avenues of life, Pat seeks opportunities to hear and tell stories and finds joy in the magic of connecting people with shared experiences. An impassioned fan of seniors, Pat draws wisdom and inspiration from her aging parents and their friends, many of whom are living well in vibrant senior communities.