Have you ever asked your mom or dad how they are doing and wonder if the answer “I’m doing just fine” is really true? In those instances, a little covert inspection can be very helpful!
Whether aging individuals wish to acknowledge it or not, bodies tend to slow down, mobility can become an issue and everyday tasks can require extra effort. There are several signs that might point toward the possibility that a friend or loved one may need assistance and what's inside the refrigerator is a one of them!
- Is there food in the refrigerator? Your elderly loved one may be having difficulty getting to the grocery store or preparing his or her own meals. This may be a sign that it’s time to make other arrangements to ensure he is getting proper nutrition.
- Check the labels. Are there foods that have expired? Finding an occasional expired item may not be cause for concern but you”ll soon find out whether this is a rare occurrence or a sign of a bigger issue. Perhaps your loved one is depressed or he/she simply forgets to eat. Another common reason foods expire could be that he forgot what he bought and doesn’t cook enough to notice.
- Is the food in the fridge healthy and nutritious? Sometimes an elderly person doesn’t take the time to prepare a meal or simply snacks. Living on junk food or skipping meals altogether can lead to other health concerns.
As we age it’s still vital to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Take a look in the fridge and see what you find! You may be pleasantly surprised or you may find it’s time to consider a few care options for your loved one.