If your elderly family member doesn’t like preparing or eating breakfast, you might find it difficult to get her to eat early in the day. Some of these ideas might help to change her mind.
Homemade Whole Grain Waffles or Pancakes
Whole grain waffles or pancakes are an awesome breakfast choice, but they can be troublesome to make, especially if your elderly family member is resistant to breakfast as it is. Make a big batch and then let them cool and freeze them. Whenever your senior is ready to have one or more for breakfast, she only has to take them out of the freezer and pop them in the toaster. They’re way healthier than pre-packaged versions and she knows exactly what’s in them.
Eggs in a Variety of Ways
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein, but some people don’t want to take the time to mess with them every morning. Hard boiled eggs are the perfect solution. A batch will keep in the fridge for several days and your senior can eat them right out of the shell. If she’s looking for something a little more interesting, she can make an egg salad with ingredients of her choice.
Overnight oats are a huge sensation right now because they’re so easy to make and they’re a great source of fiber and whole grains if you’re using the right oats. Choose steel cut oats and put a small amount into a bowl or jar. Add fruit or other condiments and milk or water. Let them sit covered in the fridge overnight and they’re ready to heat up the next morning.
A slice of whole grain toast isn’t a bad choice for breakfast, but it can get kind of dull. One way to dress it up and boost its nutritional power is to add a thin layer of nut butter to the toast. Your senior gets protein and plenty of healthy fats that her body needs as well as the whole grains from the toast.
Yogurt and Fruit
One of the easiest ways to grab breakfast is to open a container of yogurt and add fruit or other toppings. If your senior enjoys Greek yogurt, she’ll get even more protein along with a boost in calcium early in the day. Fresh fruit is an excellent choice and starts your elderly family member’s day with a serving of fruit. Sugar-free jam is another option that can be really tasty.
Keep in mind that some of these are easy to prepare or to at least line up in advance. Home care services providers can make whole grain waffles, for instance, and then individually wrap them for the freezer. This type of pre-planning helps your elderly family member to be able to simply grab something for breakfast and go.
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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.