It can be hard to muster much enthusiasm for cooking when you’re making meals for one. Why go to the trouble and expense of a three-course meal when a can of soup will do? Sometimes the problem isn’t time or expense, it’s just imagination. It’s 6 p.m. and nothing sounds good, so you might settle for a cheese sandwich and a cookie – the same thing you had the night before.
Eating that way isn’t fun for anyone, but when seniors limit their food choices, they put their health at risk which is a top fear for the elderly. For one thing, when a person limits his or her food choices, it’s harder to consume the variety of nutrients needed for optimal health. Equally bad, eating the same foods day after day can make those foods less appealing, which means people eat less. For many of us, that might not be so terrible; it’s not a smart strategy for seniors, however, because researchers have found a connection between decreased appetite and poor health.
In a study published in the journal Appetite, Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist from Monash University's Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Monash Asia Institute, led a team investigating the connection between appetite and mortality.
"Appetite is generally regarded as one of the most important indicators of health," Dr. Wahlqvist said.
Dr. Wahlqvist used data from more than 1,800 Taiwanese over the age of 65 and found that those who had poor appetites consumed a less diverse diet than others, with a consequently lower intake of energy, protein, vitamins and other nutrients.
Appetite is a reliable predictor of mortality, Wahlqvist said, but paying attention to appetite opens the potential for helpful intervention.
At Village Green Retirement Campus, we take pride in the food we serve every day because we know it makes a difference in the health and well-being of our residents. A typical breakfast menu might include eggs to order, a two-egg omelet, buttermilk pancakes, hot cereal, bacon, fruit and toast. Researchers say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we want to make sure residents get off to a good start.
Choices at lunch and dinner are even more varied, with a sample lunch menu offering diners a choice between spaghetti with meat sauce, grilled cheese sandwiches and Chinese chicken salad. The dinner menu might include prime rib, roast chicken and a soup of the day. The menu always includes a variety of fresh vegetables and other side dishes and a full selection of desserts, including sugar-free and low-calorie options.
Visit us today and see how delicious dining at Village Green Retirement Campus can be. Bring your appetite!