Seniors living alone often struggle to prepare recipes just for themselves.
Many seniors rely on what's quick and easy like TV dinners or fast food options which contain plenty of empty calories, sugar and sodium.
Poor nutrition weakens the immune system, which could lead to debilitating illnesses, infections and mental confusion. If malnutrition continues, depression is very likely.
Another issue with dining alone is the lack of social interaction. As humans, we are made for engaging each other in life. For some it may be church activities while others will prefer dancing clubs.
To alleviate the burden of cooking for one, grocery store delis carry a number of nutritious, pre-cooked meals like roasted chicken with vegetables. And because seniors require less calories, such a meal could last them for two or three days.
Once you have your senior parent choosing the corner deli over Burger King, now they need someone to share their meal with. Invite them over for a meal, encourage them to have friends over or to take advantage of meals at senior activity centers or churches.
Another option for mom or dad is to consider retirement living. Retirement communities typically offer nutritious meals, a ready-made peer group and plenty of fun activities.