Senior Care in Chandler AZ: What are the Benefits of Eating Family Meals Together?

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What are the Benefits of Eating Family Meals Together?



Senior Care in Chandler AZ

Senior Care in Chandler AZIf you are like many family caregivers you are not just taking care of your elderly parent. You are also a member of the sandwich generation, raising your own children at the same time that you are giving your parent the daily care that they need. While this can make your to-do list seem long and overwhelming, it also gives you the special opportunity to spend quality time with your entire family. Combining activities and care tasks so that you are able to fulfill responsibilities for both generations at the same time is a wonderful way to feel less stressed and “spread out”, and more connected with your family. 

One of the simplest and yet most effective means of improving your care efforts and strengthening your family bond throughout your caregiver experience is to eat family meals together.

There are many benefits to sitting down and enjoying your meals together, including:

• Eating a more varied, healthier diet. Studies have shown that when families eat together, children are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables, and less soda and junk food. This benefit can also extend to you and to your older parent as well. This means that all of you can benefit from eating the foods that your bodies need to stay at their best.

• Trying new foods together. It is easy to fall into routines when it comes to the food that you serve your family. It saves time and you know what the different members of your family like, making it easier to plan ahead. This, however, can lead to nutritional deficiencies and a reluctance to eat other foods. Eating meals together is the ideal setting to try new foods. When you are all in it together every member of the family has more motivation to try the food and discuss it. This can help to make your diet more interesting and allow you to take advantage of more sales and bulk purchasing opportunities because you have more options when it comes to what to prepare.

• Staying connected. When your schedule is busy and you always feeling like you have something else that you need to do, you may find yourself focusing more on those tasks than on the relationship that you have with your parent or with your children. When you take the time to sit down together to eat on a regular basis you are creating time to stay connected. This lets you talk, share, and revamp your bond each meal, improving everyone’s mental and emotional health.

If you are looking for more ways to help your elderly parent enjoy the benefits of better nutrition throughout their later years, or simply want them to have more mental stimulation and interaction when you are not able to be with them, now may be the time to consider senior care. Having a senior home care services provider in the home with your elderly loved one is a fantastic way to ensure that they get a personalized level of care, support, and assistance to help them to manage their specific needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that works for them. This care will help your parent to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable, but will also encourage them to handle more of their own tasks on their own for a more fulfilling, independent quality of life.

Source
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20339151,00.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Chandler, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy

 

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