Eating alone may result in older people eating less thus increasing their risk of being poorly nourished. It is all too easy for a person living alone to miss meals or to exist on a ‘tea and toast’ type diet that is low in calories, protein, vitamins and minerals.
If eating alone all the time is the reality, then poor nutrition is also likely to be a reality. In this situation, nutrient dense food and drink should be encouraged. Include foods that are easy to eat, familiar and appealing. Examples include milk shakes, fruit smoothies, rice pudding, canned fruit with ice cream and custard, banana custard, macaroni cheese and hearty soup.
Perhaps ‘alternative company’ such as watching TV, listening to music or reading a magazine may make mealtimes more relaxing and enjoyable too.