Diet is a huge part of helping an elderly family member with COPD to stay as healthy as possible. Not only does your senior need nutrients, but she also needs the right mix of calories to help her maintain her weight.
Eat Smaller Meals More Often
Smaller meals, even meals you might consider a snack, could be the right way to go. You’ll definitely want to offer meals more often if you’re making them smaller, but you might find that your elderly family member is more likely to eat when she knows she won’t be uncomfortable afterward. Encourage your senior to eat the parts of the meal that are most nutritious first, just in case she gets full before the meal is gone.
Cheese and Milk with Whole Fat Offers Calories
Cheeses and milk products that are made with whole fat offer calcium and more calories for your senior. Talk to your senior’s doctor about the number of calories she needs to ingest each day. If she’s lactose intolerant, you might want to look into lactose-free options that are still whole fat.
Get a Boost of Potassium
Many people with COPD have issues with fluid retention and swelling. As a result, they might take a diuretic medication that can flush some nutrients, including potassium out of their system. Foods higher in potassium, such as bananas, potatoes, and oranges are a great option to include more potassium in her diet.
Eggs Are a Great Choice
Eggs are easy to cook, easy to eat, and they’re really flexible. They’re also a fabulous source of protein for your aging adult. Eggs are often used by bodybuilders in their diets to help build muscle tone and they can help your senior to keep some of her own muscle tone even while battling COPD.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a great addition to your senior’s diet. You do want to avoid fruits and vegetables that contribute to gas production for your elderly family member because that can make her uncomfortable. You might need to experiment a bit to find fruits and vegetables that your elderly family member enjoys and that help her digestive system to feel its best.
If you and your senior are finding it difficult to keep up with frequent meals and food preparation, consider hiring home care providers to take that over for you. It can free up a lot of time and energy that you can both devote to helping your senior to feel better.
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