Eating Problem #3: Frequent Upset Stomach continued...
Sometimes it’s not any particular type of food, but simply eating too much that causes indigestion.
But even if a favorite food or beverage is causing an upset stomach, you may not have to avoid it altogether. Sometimes preparing the food in a different way, such as cooking onions instead of eating them raw, or having the food at a different time of day can help ease indigestion. If you are sensitive to milk and dairy products, you may be able to eat small amounts of these foods without stomach upset.
“Seeing what works best may involve a bit of trial and error,” says Zelman. “Sometimes just putting an extra pillow under your head or raising the top part of your bed a few inches can help too.” Other tips to quell indigestion include having a few saltine crackers or a small piece of bread.
If these suggestions don’t provide relief, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medication. Or ask your doctor about medications for stomach upset.
Eating Problem #4: Declining Sense of Taste
If you find that food just doesn’t taste as good as it used to, you’re not alone. “Our sense of taste dulls with age,” says Zelman. “And because our sense of smell is also not as sharp, it can mean that food just doesn’t seem to have as much flavor.”
Although many people reach for the salt shaker to add more flavor to food, that’s not the best solution. “Most people already have too much sodium in their diet,” says Zelman. “A better choice is to use flavor enhancers to help foods come alive. Try adding flavor with herbs, pepper, spices, vinegars, mustards, lemon juice, or garlic.” Spicing up the flavor of your food will often help increase your enjoyment.
Adult children can often reintroduce old favorites to their parents in new, spicier ways. "Many older people's diets -- my parents included -- are really missing greens, except for salad in the summer," Coste says. "Sauté kale or spinach with olive oil and garlic," Coste suggests. "It's got a lot of taste. Serve it when your parent comes over for dinner and then give them some to take home that's ready to microwave."