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A Personal Care Assistant Can Help Your Loved One Eat Proper Portions

Mar 22, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick

Expert personal care assistats in Reno, NV discuss proper diet and nutrition for seniors

Being overweight and malnourished can have a negative impact on a senior's health. Unfortunately, many seniors are both overweight and malnourished because they are no longer able to care for themselves as they used to. In such situations, personal care assistants can be a lifesaver.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, we wanted to take a quick look at how personal care assistants can help senior citizens make sure they are eating proper portions. If people over the age of 65 eat larger portions, the additional calories and eating more than they otherwise would can yield dangerous results. Many chronic health conditions can be severely worsened by poor lifestyle choices, making proper portions that much more important for older adults.

Older adults who do not have personal care assistants end up malnourished because they have become too weak to properly care for themselves on their own. This means they may be resulting to processed food options which are more often than not filled with high fructose corn syrup and sodium, both of which make it extremely difficult for the body to know when it is full. This means eating very large portions of foods that are high in calories and not very nutritious.

If your loved one is not ready for a personal care assistant yet, here are some things they can do to make sure they are eating proper portions:

  • Skipping meals is never a good idea. Seniors who skip meals end up eating way too much at once, which can actually pose a major health risk.
  • Drinking a recommended amount of water each day can help curb appetite and result in fewer calories consumed in one sitting.
  • Seniors who eat out of smaller plates realize they are full faster and can stop eating without the pressure of having to finish the food that is left on the plate.
  • Eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and fiber-filled foods can help regulate portions.
  • Measuring portion sizes can help seniors get a better idea of how much they are eating.
  • • Restaurants always bring out portions that are too big. Splitting meals in cases like this is a good idea and can really help regulate portions.

Having a personal care assistant is great, but there are still a lot of things seniors can do to help regulate portions and stay healthy for a long time. We have covered some tips, but do not stop here. Keep searching for an solution that works.

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