When the warm summer months are here, there are few things more refreshing and delicious than smoothies. Did you know that smoothies can be healthy as well? If you are a family caregiver with an elderly relative, consider incorporating healthy smoothies into meals and snacks. While smoothies can benefit everyone nutritionally, they are especially good for elderly adults.
Here are just a few of the reasons why family caregivers, family members and home care providers should make plans to make and serve summer smoothies to their aging loved ones.
Elderly adults run the risk of becoming dehydrated during warm weather. Their aging bodies don’t hold onto body fluids as well as when they were younger, and they often don’t feel triggered by thirst. Many seniors worry about incontinence, leading them to avoid drinking enough. A summer smoothie can provide plenty of fluids that seniors are likely to drink because it feels more like a snack or a dessert.
Cool and Refreshing
Elderly adults can overheat quite easily in warm weather, especially in a heat wave and they don’t have air conditioning. Their sweat glands are often inefficient and when it comes to regulating body temperature, age can cause problems. The cold smoothie can help keep them from experiencing heat exhaustion and even heat stroke when the mercury rises.
Packed With Nutrients
Family caregivers and home care providers may know a lot about serving up healthy meals but it can be a real struggle to get an elderly person to eat enough nutritious things. Smoothies made with fruit, vegetables, protein powder and other healthy ingredients means that elderly people get a lot of nutrients in just one little drink.
Easy to Ingest
Drinking a smoothie is often one of the easiest things for seniors who struggle to eat to ingest.
Dental issues may prevent much chewing and swallowing and medicine side effects may cause nausea. Some aging adults don’t like the taste or texture of certain foods, but most people don’t have a problem with a cool, smooth drink.
Easy to Digest
Gastrointestinal issues can make even the nicest meal a nightmare. Because smoothies are already in liquid form, the body can easily digest them. Many age-related diseases like Crohn’s disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease can affect how nutrients are absorbed into the body. Smoothies are simple for the digestive system, yet full of good vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
There are only a few negatives to smoothies that family caregivers and home care providers need to be aware of. Avoid putting sugar into a smoothie and instead let the natural fruit and vegetable flavors stand on their own. It can also be tempting to give an elderly person a smoothie in place of a meal, but seniors should always be served true food first, with smoothies as supplements. Other than that, there’s no reason for family caregivers and home care providers to make delicious smoothies for aging adults.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Vestavia, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...