As people get older, their tastes may change, energy needs change and even the desire to eat may also change. When this happens, older adults may find it more challenging to consume all of the nutrients their bodies need to maintain good health.
Loss of appetite may have many causes including digestive problems, side effects from medications, loneliness, anxiety and depression. There are some things that can improve eating habits and ensure that older adults keep going strong and stay healthy, too.
At the San Saba Senior Center, nutritious meals served in a friendly, caring atmosphere allow everyone to experience good fellowship and this in turn, leads to eating better, too. Nutrition education is an important part of the Center’s ongoing mission to improve the health and well-being of San Saba’s senior population.
Our new class, “Cooking with Carolyn” presented by Carolyn McDowell, CEA-FCS, has proven to be a wonderful addition to our program. Each month, she presents a nutritious recipe that consists of easy, low-preparation, and minimal ingredients. These can serve as a simple meal that’s big on nutrients. Recent recipes, such as Peanut Yogurt Spread, Spicy Bean Dip and Eggs in a Cup (scrambled eggs prepared in the microwave) have been a big hit.
At any age, eating healthy can be as easy as eating more fruits and vegetables, combining nutrient-rich foods in easy to prepare recipes and eating with friends.