Home Instead, Inc. produced a new study called Craving Companionship. 

Craving Companionship sought to study the mealtime preferences and habits of the 40 percent of seniors age 75 and over who live by themselves. 

Of the seniors living alone, two of every five seniors showed at least four signs of poor nutrition. 

The study continues to discuss the top 3 obstacles facing seniors who live alone and tools to help overcome those obstacles. 

1. Loneliness

Lack of companionship at mealtime has physical and emotional ramifications, from the type and regularity of meals to the quality of the mealtime experience as a whole.

The Craving Companionship Program, created because of this study, is made to encourage families to revive the family meal tradition for the benefit of their senior loved ones. The Craving Companionship Program also provides ways for bringing social connectivity to mealtime. The program's website also offers tips and resources for you to share with seniors and their families

2. Convenience Eating

Eating and living alone can cause a senior to rely on "convenience foods". 

Replacing "convenience foods" with both healthy and convenient food can help seniors make better choices. 

Easy to make foods like, eggs, frozen vegetables, and oatmeal are affordable options. 

The Nutrition for Seniors Workbook provides seniors and their families with a list of 12 essential foods for a healthy diet, as well as other tips to help seniors eat well. 

3. Irregular Meals

 For a lot of Seniors who live alone, eating alone means eating less or sometimes nothing at all. 

Seniors in the study reported that meals eaten by themselves often: 

lack in nutritional value, shorter in length and even have a less pleasant taste than meals shared with other people. 

When encouraging families to eat meals with their seniors, consider directing them to these helpful mealtime conversation starters to lengthen and enrich the shared mealtime experience.

We hope that this study and the resources offered will help with you or your loved one's nutrition.

Live Oak also has dining aids and solutions available in our dining section to help overcome dining challenges. 3 Senior Mealtime Challenges Healthy Vegetables

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