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How Eating With a Companion is Healthier for Your Elderly Loved One

Jun 29, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Blaine

There’s no reason to risk malnutrition in an aging adult simply because they don’t want to eat alone or make a meal only for one person.

Thankfully, there’s no reason to risk malnutrition in an aging adult simply because they don’t want to eat alone or make a meal only for one person. Seniors sometimes suffer through extreme loneliness during mealtimes if there’s nobody to eat with. Be sure your loved one isn’t eating alone on a regular basis because dining regularly with at least one other person increases the likelihood of happiness, as well as better food choices.

Happiness and Better Food Choices

We all tend to be happier with other people near us since we humans are social creatures. Not only are we happier, but in general, we also make healthier food choices when we eat with at least one other person. When older people don’t have anyone to regularly eat with, sadness or feelings of loss occur, then the loss of appetite sometimes spirals down towards malnutrition. It’s understandable that it would be difficult to eat meals alone, but especially so when no longer having someone who for many years sat across the table at mealtime.

Benefits Eating with Others

People seem to be healthier physically, as well as emotionally when they eat with others, even if just one person. Benefits to eating with others include:

  • Smart food choices. People tend to choose a home-cooked meal rather than a ready-made meal if dining with at least one other person.
  • Decreased chance of depression. The most depressing moments in an older person’s day are typically at meal times if they eat alone.
  • Optimal brain health from lively conversations with reduced feelings of loneliness.
  • Steady weight maintenance with lessened risk of malnutrition. Aging adults are inclined to indulge themselves a little more often if other people are joining them at the table. They skip meals more often if they’re not looking forward to dining with another person.

Why Be Alone?

Why should anyone be eating alone? Don’t be worried about your aging loved ones eating alone. Just call Comfort Keepers® to help out with meal companionship. Our compassionate in-home caregivers will also assist with meal preparation, too, so there’s good food on the days your older friend or family member will be eating alone.

Has your loved one been eating meals alone, skipping meals, or losing weight? We can help! If you would like to talk to one of our home care experts, contact us today! 

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