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Old 10th July 2011, 08:45   #1 (permalink)
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Cooking for the Elderly

I´m going back to the UK to look after some relatives who are in their 90s, I dont have a clue what they like to eat, I´ve asked them and they said "anything" ! If anyone´s got any ideas please let me know.
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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

i think it will depend on how they have lived upto now, do they eat out often , try foods from different countries.

In my experience with my own parents , this wasn;t the case and they would like quite a plain diet. Dinner , main meal at lunch time and sandwiches and cake at tea time. The main meal consisted of meat and veg concept , making the most of a Sunday joint by making pies etc with the left overs.

I suppose you could start like this and then expand with different tastes as you go on.

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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

A friend of mine cooks for his mother who is in her 90's and she eats a very simply diet. As Evelynne said meat and veg and she also likes fish once a week. No foreign stuff (as she calls even pasta!!!). Good luck.

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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

It all depends on their eating capability. i.e. they may not be able to chew well. You will normally find that people of that age will prefere traditional food like shepherds pie and caseroles. Fish and chips or steamed fish. Try to give fresh vegetables every day. Milky drinks of an evening help sleep.

Just ensure what you give them food can swallow easily. Puddings are always a favourite..treacle sponge and custard.

It may be it will be easier to ask them what they don't like.

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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

I found my Mum would like soft food as it was easier to swallow she had Parkinsons disease and swallowing was very difficult.
Breakfast probably porridge or a soft boiled egg.or poached egg on toast.
.Shepherds pie, savory mince,tuna and sweetcorn bake,boiled fish in a bag,lasagne, in fact anything that was tasty but not lumpy.
.I would sometimes puree vegtables for her e.g. carrots,peas,potatoes.She also liked puddings more so than dinners so Instant whips,mashed bananas ,rice pudding,anything with custard .

I also found she did not eat a lot so I would allways make her small portions so she didnnt feel intimidated by the amount on her plate (she could allways ask for more)

A milky drink at bedtime with two rich tea biscuits (her favorites)

Mind you I think your best bet is to really ask dailly what they fancy an older person often changes their mind as to what theyd like when mealtime actually comes ,so dont feel annoyed if they dont eat what you have prepared .

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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

Thanks for your replies, seems like simple meat and veg meals will be okay. When I asked them what they like they said anything, I think that goes back to their younger days when they ate anything they were given. I know what you mean about¨"foreign" food, my own parents wouldnt buy chips from a Chinese chip shop as that was classed as foreign !
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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

My Mum actually quite liked to try foreign food as you would like to call it as she had travelled all over the world .
Whenever we had a chinese takeaway she would like to try a few of the dishes.
On the other hand my Dad used to think Rice was a pudding and should never be used in any other way .

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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

I shop for an elderly neighbour who's in his 90s and eats really well, he does a chicken dinner most days, asks for sweet and sour sauce and jars of curry and what he does with the 2 large packets of cream cracker a week baffles me lol I often wonder if he has time to do anything else apart from eat, where he puts it I don't know, blow him and he would fall over.

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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

I looked after a lady of 92 earlier this year who had lived in India as a child, she loved a curry once a week.

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Re: Cooking for the Elderly

Might be worth considering some of the services available to elderly people (varies region to region). Contact their local District Nurse via the GP surgery...they sould be able to offer nutritional advice and discuss food services in the area. A lot of my patients had a local frozen food company deliver meals which they could choose from their freezer depending on what they fancied. This, along with freshly prepared meals gave them a good variety. The other thing to consider is 'little and often'.

Have to agree with most of the comments re: 'foreign foods'....! Depends on their lifestyle i guess.
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