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How Eating with a Companion Can Benefit Your Elderly Loved One

Jun 29, 2018 by Kelly Lindell

It’s sad, but older adults sometimes actually suffer from malnutrition simply because they don’t want to eat alone or make a meal only for one person. Seniors are prone to suffer loneliness during mealtimes if they have nobody to eat with. Check to see if your aging loved one is often eating alone. If he or she eats regularly with at least one other person, it’s likely that more nourishing food choices will be made. 

 

Eating Socially Helps with Better Food Choices

Humans are social beings, and we tend to make healthier food choices when we eat with other people. Sadly, when aging adults have nobody to eat with on a regular basis, a sense of loss can occur, sometimes leading towards declined appetite and risk of malnutrition. It’s understandably difficult to eat alone after losing someone who had for many years sat at the table during meals.

 

Benefits from Eating Socially

People seem to do better physically and emotionally when eating in social groups, even when eating with just one person. Some benefits of eating socially include:

  • Wiser food selections when not eating alone. People are more likely to eat home cooked meals rather than ready-made meals when eating with one or more persons.
  • Decreased risk or signs of depression when eating with others. Meal times have been reported to be the most depressing part of an older person’s day when they have to eat alone.
  • Lively conversation with lesser feelings of loneliness. This is so much better for optimal brain health, too.
  • Lesser risk of unneeded weight loss or even malnutrition. Aging adults typically indulge a little more when others are at the table. Seniors tend to skip meals if they aren’t looking forward to enjoying a meal with another person.

 

Why Eat Alone if There’s Another Option!

Why stress over your family member or aging friend eating alone! Just call Comfort Keepers® to help. Our in-home caregivers will provide meal companionship, and our caregivers also help with nutritious meal preparation for future meals so there’s good food when they do have to eat alone.

If your loved has been eating meals alone or skips meals in order to avoid eating alone, please let us help. Contact us today to talk to one of our home care experts.

 

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