Enjoying good food is one of the greatest pleasures of life.
It is a key element of a healthy life at any age, but it is particularly important for seniors to take care of themselves by eating well and staying healthy.
However, a recent study carried out by the University of British Columbia found that many seniors are not reaching the recommended goal of eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
14,000 men and women from across Canada aged 65 and over took part in the UBC study, which was recently published in the journal Appetite.
The participants were living independently rather than in care facilities, and the report concluded that senior men in particular are falling short of the target recommendation.
Are You Getting Your Five A Day?Although the researchers could not pinpoint a definitive reason for this finding, it is clear that friendship and emotional support plays a very important role in encouraging seniors to take an interest in healthy eating. Supporting a senior friend or relative to eat regular meals, and to include at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day into their diet, will not only improve health but can also have a positive effect on their overall enjoyment of life.
Stocking up and preparing meals
The daily routine of planning and preparing nutritional meals can become an ongoing struggle for some seniors.
For those living alone, the challenge of cooking for one can be particularly difficult.
With this in mind, the Dieticians of Canada website has plenty of practical advice for seniors on bringing enjoyment to the daily task of planning and preparing meals.
If you are concerned about a friend or relative living alone, there many are simple things you can do to help.
Shopping for food can be made less of a chore and more of a pleasure if you arrange to go the the shops together, or you could offer to help prepare a favourite meal that you can both share.
Stay independent for longer
Good nutrition and healthy eating does more than simply maintain our physical well-being.
Good food enriches our lives, can be shared with others and brings shape and structure to our days.
Many of us aim to live independently at home well into old age, so it's important to pay attention to daily eating habits.
Getting plenty of fruit and vegetables, planning meals in advance and staying healthy all adds up to an enjoyable life. Bon Appetit!