Nutrition is important at any stage in life and under any circumstances. However, it is even more important when your aging relative is fighting cancer. Getting enough calories and nutrients gives the body the strength and energy it needs to fight and heal. Eating during cancer treatment can be tricky, though. Cancer treatment can cause side effects that interfere with eating, like nausea and lack of appetite. Knowing what kinds of foods to eat and some strategies for getting enough nutrition during treatment can ensure your older family member gets what they need. Below are some tips and tricks to help.
Eat Healthier Early
It’s a good idea to start eating healthier foods as soon as possible, even before treatment starts. It’s hard to say how the treatment will affect your aging relative since everyone reacts differently. Focusing on good nutrition now can help the older adult to feel better and go into treatment stronger.
Get Enough Protein
There may be days when the senior isn’t up to eating much of anything or is only able to handle certain foods, which may not provide enough nutrition or calories. That’s why it’s important to load up on protein and other nutritious foods when they have good days and feel like eating. Protein is essential for strength and to help the body repair damage to tissues that results from treatment. Some good sources of lean protein are:
• Lean meat.
Eat the Biggest Meal When Appetite is Best
Your older family member may feel better at certain times of the day and have a bigger appetite. Many people undergoing cancer treatment are at their best in the morning. If that’s the case, serve a larger breakfast and smaller meals for the rest of the day. If the senior has trouble eating meals later in the day, try using meal replacement drinks.
Get Enough Liquids
Make sure your loved one drinks plenty of liquids throughout the day and especially on days when they aren’t able to eat much. Drinking enough liquids prevents dehydration. To add some nutrition, try offering liquids other than water a few times per day. Clear liquids are often easier on the stomach, so try things like broth, clear apple juice, and sports drinks.
Use Home Care
Home care providers can help your older family member to eat better during cancer treatment. It’s likely there will be days when the senior doesn’t feel well enough to cook for themselves. On those days, a home care provider can prepare meals and snacks for them. Home care providers can also make sure they drink enough by keeping a water bottle filled and near them as well as offering clear liquids.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Naples, FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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