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Is Frozen Food a Healthy Choice for Your Senior?

As a family caregiver, you know how important it is for your aging parent to eat a healthy diet on a regular basis. What they eat makes a tremendous difference in their functioning, energy, and health, and can impact their overall quality of life. This makes it important for you to choose the foods that are best for your senior, but there are many myths and misconceptions about what is healthy and what is not. One of these is that frozen food is not as healthy and should be avoided. March is Frozen Food Month, giving you the ideal opportunity to learn more about frozen food and the true health effects of it. This can help you to make the decisions that are right for your aging loved one.

 

Some things to keep in mind when considering whether frozen food is a healthy choice for your senior include:

 

  • Fruits and vegetables are picked at peak ripeness when they are their most delicious and while most nutritious. They are then flash-frozen. This means they are kept at that peak and can be accessed when fresh versions are not available
  • Frozen vegetables should be packaged without additional salt or sauces to be healthiest
  • Frozen fruits should be packaged without additional sugar to be healthiest
  • Frozen processed foods have the same problems as processed foods that are not frozen, including excess salt, fat, additives, and preservatives. Look for foods made without these or choose whole ingredients and prepare foods instead
  • Freezing food yourself is a fantastic way to stock your parent's kitchen with healthy, delicious meals they can quickly prepare so they do not have to rely on convenience foods, delivery, or takeout

 

 

Helping your aging loved one to eat a healthy, balanced, and varied diet is one of the many ways elder care can help your senior as they age in place. Many elderly adults struggle with not getting the nutrients they need. This can diminish their overall health and well-being, and even compromise their quality of life. An elderly home care services provider can help your parent improve and diversify their diet with personalized services such as transportation to the grocery store, assistance stocking their kitchen, research to find recipes that work with their dietary restrictions and personal tastes, meal and snack preparation, and even physical assistance with eating if necessary. As their family caregiver, this can help you to feel more at ease and confident in their ability to manage their health as they age.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Monroe, NJ, to assist a family caregiver, please talk to the caring staff at Shore Homecare Services today. Email us: info@shorehomecareservices.com or Call 732-534-5000.


Source:
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