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Diet

Nutrition is not a dirty word

by Isabel Fawcett

Just hearing the word nutrition spoken can be a turn-off to some people. Old habits die hard, especially to elders who have enjoyed the traditional days of home cooked meals sufficient to feed a small army. For some in my mother's generation, nutrition can be subjective. Memories of home food may undermine motivation more than elders care to admit.
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Food planning and preparation challenges in caregiving

by Isabel Fawcett

One formidable assistive care responsibility fulfilled by some caregivers to chronically ill elders is meal preparation. For those caregivers, regularly serving meals to elders is not as simple as just cooking. Chronically ill elders' food and nutritional needs can be fairly complex, even for established healthcare institutions where food service management operations happen like clockwork.
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Balancing quality of life and elder nutrition

by Isabel Fawcett

Eating well is vital to good health. For some elders, good nutrition can be complicated by reduced appetite, difficulty chewing, swallowing, and less than optimum oral health. Family caregivers may hold the key that will unlock their elders' eating pleasure. Medically restricted diets will only work if followed. Therein lies the rub.
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