By Anna Hazard
This is the time of year when friends & family tend to gather around the dinner table and when it comes to preparing meals suitable for senior loved ones a few guidelines should be kept in mind.
For seniors who have dentures, missing teeth, or other troubles when it comes to chewing or swallowing, food should be on the softer side and kept in small, bite-sized portions. Whips, creams, mousses, smoothies, and other blended ingredients can be used for those with more severe forms of dysphagia.
As many seniors tend to lose aspects of their sense of taste, meals can be compensated by using more seasonings and spices (with salt still being held at a minimum for those who may have high blood pressure). Food meant for older adults who have lessened appetites should also have a high nutritional content to make up for the smaller portions.
Here is a sampling of senior appropriate recipes using tastes, ingredients, and styles that are traditionally associated with Thanksgiving and other autumn meals.