Beehive Blog

Thanksgiving with Seniors!

Posted by on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

         It’s Thanksgiving time again! Many families across the country are preparing themselves for turkey, stuffing, gravy, casseroles, and not to mention the desserts! Every year it’s the same routine that we all know and love. That is until something or someone throws us for a loop. One very common change is the aging of a loved one, who is no longer as independent, lucid, or physically capable of your normal routine.  Thanksgiving can be fun and festive for some, and emotionally and physically challenging for others. Since seniors are especially vulnerable to certain holiday-related health pitfalls, some people believe being prepared is best.

         Beehive Senior Care is here to help relieve that stress of the upcoming holidays. In addition to providing hands on care in the home, we are also here to help provide some great advice. There are some things to remember when preparing meals for seniors. Sometimes seniors don’t metabolize foods in the same way, or their taste buds might not be as sensitive to flavors as they once were. Don’t be surprise if their tastes have changed over the years or more recently. Here are a few tips:

  • Make food that is easy to chew and swallow
  • Use less salt
  • Add more seasoning (or less is they have become more sensitive)
  • Use recipes rich with nutrition
  • Remember medications- this is really important when traveling with seniors.

    Remember to ask questions. Take a moment to ask your loved one what they enjoy about the holidays. Many seniors are still able to express their likes and dislikes; not just about food, but also about traveling and who they would like to visit with.  Over the holidays, seniors with dementia may be a bit more work than you might have been expecting. Just remember, it is just as hard for them this time of year.  Try to stick with the familiar and maintain routines as much as possible. Keep your gatherings small, so as not to confuse your loved one. Focus on old memories. Short-term memories are usually the most affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Ask them questions about their childhood traditions. They might just surprise you with what they remember and you might learn something new about your loved one.