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Making Food Interesting—Recipes

Variety is truly the spice of life.

To keep their daily menus interesting, and healthy, seniors will want to mix up their food choices—particularly within each food group—every day.

We know that we really are what we eat, said Elisabetta Politi, dietician director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. But each senior's diet plan is individual, she noted. If Dad has reached age 75 and has not developed heart disease or cancer, you need not recommend any different food intervention than what he is already doing. Dad has found a meal plan that works.

Perhaps a senior's dietary plan leaves room for improvement. Research shows that change is best done gradually. Encourage seniors to look at how they're doing and focus on one thing to change.

Check out these delectable and nutritious recipes from the Duke Diet and Fitness Center made with the 12 Staples that Seniors Shouldn't Live Without.

Last revised: August 10, 2011

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  1. April 19, 2020 at 3:07 pm | Posted by Linda Faith Balugo

    A client's husband expressed his anxiety over his wife who has progressively become slow - slow to eat, walk and do ADL's, typical for an individual with Alzheimer's/Dementia. Never a day would go without an argument, bickering, hurt feelings. Both of them are in their mid 90's. Home Instead Caregivers coming alongside really meant a lot to him of which he is thankful. One day the husband went to do some errands while the client was still having breakfast. Eating has always been a challenge very morning but I'm glad I was able to encourage the client to finish her meal and take her "5" pills - just letting her take her time while conversing with her over breakfast which usually lasted for an hour or so. She enjoyed those moments and we would laugh together. The husband came back and he was so surprised. He called me to the side and asked what I did to make his wife laugh. It's been 17 years since he heard his wife laughed. He was just ecstatic! I was humbled and assured him, I will try my best to make his wife happy so we all could have fun. Two weeks ago, I got a call from the office that the couple passed away. I was shocked in disbelief that a dear couple is now home with our Heavenly Father in heaven. They may be gone, but memories of the joy and laughter I shared with them especially with the wife, my client - will always linger in my heart. ?


  2. November 23, 2013 at 1:45 am | Posted by Tillie

    I'm looking for easy healthy recipes living in an Assisted living Residence of some 150 residents.


    • August 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm | Posted by Teresa

      One of problems that I have dealt with is that the elderly can't taste a lot of foods ,whether it be a condition they were suffering with or a medication that caused them to want select foods. A few of things that I have had the best results with are, broccoli soup, baked sweet potato with cinnamon & brown sugar ( splenda blend) & carrots sauted in splenda & butter. Because my senior still has her sweet tooth, it's easy to season her food with a little splenda to get her to eat. Why not give it a try in chicken salad with cinnamon and splenda.


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