Healthy meal choices to keep seniors smiling
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Nutrition plays a big role in oral health, especially for kupuna. That’s why it’s important to make sure that our seniors are eating what’s best for them! HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Chef Eric Fleming and registered dietitian Maya Keene from Palolo Chinese Home to talk about how they encourage kupuna to eat healthy.
Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods helps promote healthy teeth and gums. For seniors at Palolo Chinese Home, a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins, calcium-rich foods, and whole grains provide those essential enamel-fortifying nutrients. Every meal there supports optimal oral health as well as overall health. Palolo Chinese Home also puts the same focus on its meals for seniors who live at home with its Meals-to-Go program.
Palolo Chinese Home believes choice is important to preserving the dignity of its seniors and provides them with daily entree choices that are low in sugar and also help guard against tooth decay. The experts there also know that many kupuna living at home can no longer cook for themselves, so they are motivated to eat when given the option to choose their meal.
Palolo Chinese Home has a full-service, state-of-the-art kitchen and its team prepares 130,000 meals annually to meet the nutritional needs of the seniors in all of its programs. Its diverse, multi-ethnic menu features local favorites that seniors love. During lunch and dinner, the dining rooms are full of families joining their loved one and sharing in meals from the kitchen.
For some of the residents who have tooth loss, use dentures, or have difficulty chewing, Palolo Chinese Home can modify the meals by chopping, mincing or pureeing, which helps them receive the nutrition they need.
While seniors can choose from a variety of meals on the menu at Palolo Chinese Home, families can also enjoy the convenience of ordering the meals frozen and having them delivered or picking them up directly.