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by | Sep 21, 2018

What Should Be On Your Mom’s Dinner Plate?


Feeding America estimates that 6 out of 10 households with adults 50 or older are food insecure. Common struggles include paying for groceries over prescription medications or medical care. It’s not a situation that should happen, but it can.

Malnutrition occurs in seniors. It’s not just a concern in children or low-income households. Make sure your mom is eating the right foods.

Here’s what should be on your mom’s dinner plate.

Nutritional Needs in Senior Women

  • Your mom may not be as physically active as she used to be. Digestion changes because stomach acid production decreases. Foods eaten for energy become less important than foods that help with muscle and digestion. Foods rich in protein are important. Fiber, B vitamins, iron, and vitamin D are all important.
  • Senior women are advised to eat 5 to 10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Lean proteins and low-fat dairy are vital for the immune system, healing, and bone strength. Foods rich in zinc will help the body fight infection.
  • Antioxidants are also important. They can help fight cell damage. Vitamin C helps with blood pressure and cholesterol. Berries have been found to help protect the brain.

Recommendations for Planning Meals

Currently, the government recommends creating imaginary lines on a dinner plate that divides it into quarters. Half of the plate should have vegetables and fruit. One quarter should have a whole grain. The remaining quarter needs to have a lean protein.

As an example, you could broil a cod fillet in lemon and pepper for the protein. Place that fish next to a serving of rice pilaf made with brown rice and quinoa. On the other half of the plate, fill the space with a medley of sauteed kale, granny smith apples, and cabbage that has toasted sliced almonds sprinkled over it.

Consider Bringing in Help With Meal Preparation

In some cases, seniors simply struggle with meal planning. Changing nutritional guidelines and dietary needs confuse seniors. Some seniors, especially those with dementia, can no longer safely cook. Others don’t enjoy cooking after years of preparing meals for others.

In any of those cases, a caregiver can help. Caregivers can talk to you about the foods your mom enjoys. Caregivers can help plan a shopping list, take your mom shopping, and prepare nutritious meals for her.

You’ll have time to focus on your job and responsibilities at your house. Caregivers can help with elderly care needs and provide companionship. Learn more by calling an elderly care agency.

Are you or a family member considering Homecare in Sacramento, CA? Talk to the friendly staff at Golden Years In-Home Senior Care. Call us today at 916-333-0383. We are here when you need us!


About Carrie Ballard:

Golden Years In-Home Senior Care was founded by Ken and Carrie Ballard. Their passion for providing compassionate quality care for seniors began years ago, when they assisted in the operations of their family’s home care facilities. It was there, they realized their life long calling. Even at a young age, they both knew caring for seniors was what they wanted to do.


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As a privately-owned local company, Golden Years is well equip to adapt to each client’s needs on an individualized basis. We are not a franchise.
And because we are local, we are able to consult our care team concerning our clients care needs in a quick and efficient way. Our clients are our first priority. Nothing is more important to us than providing superior quality care for you or your loved.

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At this time California has very few state requirements for caregivers. For this reason, many home care providers are not obligated to hire caregiver with formal training.
Golden Years always goes above and beyond the minimum requirements to ensure your loved one receives the best care possible. Each Golden Years caregiver completes Golden Years Academy, an orientation training program which ensures our caregivers have a complete understanding of all the essential care techniques. This provides for a safe, and effective home care experience.

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Local Golden Years representatives are available to meet with clients for any reason.

We are here for you, at your convenience, to discuss any care needs or concerns. And we will create a customized solution for any care concern. In addition, we can schedule an in person meeting any day, and most times, available within a few hours. Lastly, we are available during the day, evening, or weekends. We will work around your schedule.

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Every client receives a complimentary wellness visit within 30 days of care service from Golden Years' own nursing staff.

Although no regulations require nurse oversight in California, Golden Years goes above and beyond the industry standard. Our clients are routinely visited by a Golden Years nurse. Each visit consists of a wellness check where our nurse discusses care needs and takes notes pertaining to the overall wellness of the client. These notes are submitted to our care team for review, where care changes are discussed and implemented after the family’s approval. We go the extra mile to ensure your loved one receives the best care possible. We ca say with confidence, you won’t find any other locally owned care provider who will care for you or your loved one like us – By the way, there is never a fee for this service, it’s always free.

Specialized Care Management Program

At Golden Years In-Home Care, each client is assigned a dedicated Care Manager, ensuring personalized care that is second to none. This manager is available for questions, support, and scheduling changes.

Care Managers develop personal relationships with clients and their families, gaining insight into specific preferences and needs. This allows for effective communication, ensuring caregivers follow the care plan and adjust as needed.

Care Managers oversee caregivers, arrange services, make supervisory visits to seniors' homes, and conduct monthly wellness calls to families. They are specially trained to handle all client requests, providing comprehensive support for every client.