Mom's Meals Insights: Ask Not What an 'Older American' Can Do for You
There are now more Americans age 65 and older than at any other time in U.S. Mom's Meals offers tips on how to serve those who have served so well.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
There are now more Americans age 65 and older than at any other time in U.S. history. According to a Census Bureau report, in 2010, there were 40.3 million people age 65 and older, up 5.3 percent from 35 million in 2000, and just 3.1 million back in 1900.
This growing number includes parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, many of whom are relied on for their years of experience, their tried and true advice, financial support, child rearing help, and more.
“They raised us, they taught us, and they have done much for us,” said Rick Anderson, president of Mom's Meals, a company which delivers nutritious meals direct to your door. “But now it is time to stop asking what the older Americans can do for us, and focus on what we can do for them, giving back just some of what they have done for us over the years.”
What can be done now to ease the burdens in the life on older Americans? Mom's Meals offers a few suggestions:
1. Handle the food shopping. It may seem simple, but mobility is compromised as we age. Pushing a shopping cart, reaching up or down for items on shelves, and loading and unloading grocery bags can be a chore, or even impossible. As a result, seniors may come to rely on canned, processed, and unhealthy foods with long shelf lives, lengthening the time between necessary shopping trips. Taking shopping out of the equation can help protect both physical and emotional health.
2. Help fold laundry. Folding laundry is another seemingly simple task often taken for granted. Arthritic hands, and other aches and pains often associated with aging, can make something as simple as folding clean clothes into a lengthy, difficult task.
3. Have healthy meals delivered. Senior malnutrition is a serious problem across the world, including here in the United States. Many seniors suffer economic challenges, mobility issues, and have difficulty cooking and maneuvering in kitchens, not to mention the trouble many have with adjusting to dietary constraints specific to diabetes, renal failure, or high blood pressure. Instead of turning to processed foods, consider having healthy meals delivered..
4. Offer a ride. As eye sight, coordination, grip, and reflexes all change, slow, and decline in the golden years, driving can become difficult at best, and downright scary for many. Helping older Americans get to and from healthcare appointments by offering to drive can be a godsend.
5. Focus on socialization. One of the often-overlooked challenges of aging is that of not feeling needed or simply being lonely. Many seniors end up suffering from depression. Help senior loved ones stay involved and social, helping them feel loved and needed.
Mom's Meals is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer's door, delivered anywhere in the United States, including meals for those with heart-healthy, gluten-free, veggie, low carb, Renal, and Diabetic diets.
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