In a study conducted by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services, researchers concluded that more than 10% of aging adults are malnourished, meaning their daily diet lacks the proper servings of fiber, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin D and B 12 as well as calcium.
Caregivers often find themselves discovering that their retired parent’s diet is extremely poor. And a poor diet can dangerously affect his health. Also note that symptoms of malnourishment parallel closely with symptoms of depression. One of the biggest causes of depression in seniors is the feeling of loss and isolation when friends and daily social interactions are lost at retirement.
If you are a caregiver for an aging loved one facing the changes that occur in retirement, here are a few ideas to help you help your parent eat healthier meals and move forward with hope on his heart instead of sorrow:
If you are a long-distance caregiver, you face special challenges. Inviting Dad for dinner or preparing meals is out of the question. You can, however, find senior centers in the area where Dad lives and encourage him to join in with activities and meals. Making daily calls to check on Dad can be difficult, especially if you work and have a family to care for – and Dad’s schedule changes so that he is “early to bed, early to rise.”
That’s where Keeping in Touch Solutions really does have a workable solution for you. Our Care Callers make a daily call to check on Dad, provide an ear to listen and reminders about meals and medications. Often the calls become an eagerly anticipated highlight of the day where the things of everyday life are shared. Not to mention Dad will have something to share with you when you make a regular call.
Life in retirement doesn’t have to be filled with lonely hours, depression and the detrimental effects on health. Contact Keeping in Touch Solutions to arrange for a little caregiving help – it’s good for you and for Dad!
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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