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Challenges of Senior Dieting

Being on a diet is easier said than done, on occasion, we all crave food that is unhealthy. Dieting as a senior can carry its own challenges. Whether you are struggling with weight loss, diabetes, or recovery from a surgery, we want you to achieve your desired outcomes here at the South Coast Post Acute care community. We understand that seniors encounter different physical issues that make eating healthier foods more difficult and inconvenient. With our post hospital nursing, we make eating a wholesome diet as easy as possible. Here are some issues seniors may face and how we combat these challenges:

Problems With Chewing
As we age, we may have issues with our dental health. Chewing hard foods for an extended amount of time is not a viable option anymore. One way we assist you is by cutting up healthy fruits and vegetables in smaller portions. Chopping, blending, or mashing is a great way to ensure you get all the nutrients you need without straining your teeth.

Digestion Issues
Growing older means that food gets digested less efficiently than when we were younger. Our bodies slow down the production of saliva and stomach acid, which contain enzymes that absorb and break down nutrients. The way we help combat this problem is by providing you with smaller, more frequent meals. Your body will take in more of the nutrients and you will feel more relaxed and refreshed after eating a meal.

Loss of Taste and Smell Senses
Our taste buds and sense of smell can deteriorate as we age. To compensate, we may overindulge in extra sweet or super salty foods that are unhealthy. This is one of the toughest problems we face because it hard to find healthy substitutes for our favorite processed snacks. A solution we have for you is to make meals visually appealing. Putting a lot of colorful fruits and veggies with new spices and herbs can make eating more fun and exciting.

Small Appetite
Sometimes various prescriptions can cause a loss of appetite and resulting in inadequate nutrition intake. Having a relaxed and comfortable environment to eat in, while with friends in our community can be helpful for eating a sufficient amount of food. Another important thing we provide for you is nutritional supplements if your appetite is still struggling.

wWith our South Coast skilled nursing, being on a diet does not have to be such a burden on your lifestyle. We want you to feel replenished and healthy while in post hospital care. Dieting can be a challenge as a senior and at South Coast Post Acute, we want to ensure you to get the results you want while recovering.

Contact us to learn more!

Real People. Remarkable Care. South Coast Post Acute.  

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