5 Types of Food Delivery Services for Older Adults

Food delivery services are on the rise, offer convenience, nutritious food

By Kathleen Squires

As people age, their nutritional needs change. And, their food preferences evolve as well.

Many older adults note that they don’t have the vigorous appetite that they once had; replacing three large meals a day with smaller portions and more frequent snacks. They don’t enjoy the same foods as when they were younger and they may even face restricted diets due to health concerns.

This can present a challenge for older adults, but maintaining a healthy diet is so vital as we age.

Now layer in the grocery shopping, food prep, cooking and washing dishes. It can be overwhelming to many seniors.

Eating a balanced diet can be tricky for any lifestyle. Preparing nutritious meals each day may pose additional challenges for older adults who live at home. The good news is that there are plenty of options for seniors who may struggle with getting healthy meals on the table.

Food delivery services are on the rise, with their popularity growing significantly over the past few years. With this growth comes more options that can make meals easier for seniors.

Here are five different types of food delivery services for every unique lifestyle:

1. Meal Kit Subscriptions: For seniors who still enjoy cooking but want to simplify the process, these types of plans are ideal. In most of these kits, you will receive pre-portioned ingredients and recipes to follow to prepare your meal.

2. Prepared Meal Subscriptions: Want to skip the cooking? If you are someone who no longer cooks, these kits could help. These types of plans provide meals that are pre-prepared for you. All you have to do is heat them and eat them!

3. Meal Plans for Special Diets: If you have a health condition or a dietary restriction, it can be challenging to maintain at times. Luckily, there are meal subscription plans which cater to specialized diets, including vegan and other food restrictions.

4. Grocery Delivery Services: If you want to cook and pick out your groceries, a great option is a grocery delivery service, like Instacart. You can shop from your favorite grocery stores right from your phone or computer. The groceries are delivered right to your door.

5. Third-party food delivery services: If you’re not ready to try a meal service, there are great options for one-time deliveries. There are plenty of food delivery services like DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub and more that you can use to order food from local restaurants right to your home. If you’re hosting a BBQ at home, check out BBQ Sales Edmonton.

No matter your needs or lifestyle, consider trying a food delivery service to make it simpler to have a healthy and balanced diet.

Kathleen Squires is the director of nutrition at PACE CNY.