A 2016 systematic review of adults ages 65 and older concluded that up to 83% are at risk for malnutrition. Malnutrition in older adults diminishes their quality of life and can lead to a number of health problems, including unintentional weight loss, fatigue, muscle weakness- which can cause falls and consequently lead to broken bones or fractures; depression, problems with memory, weak immune system, and anemia.
Health problems such as chronic illnesses, physical disabilities, dementia, a decreased sense of taste and smell, appetite loss, difficulty in chewing, medication side-effect, and alcoholism are factors that can cause malnutrition among older adults.
So how could you improve your loved one’s nutrition?
Encourage healthier food choices. Fruits and vegetables that are deep green, bright red, orange and yellow, and dark purple are good choices when looking for foods that are high in vitamins.
Count the calories. Appetite and food intake often decline with aging that is why it’s important to maximize the nutrient and energy density of the food and drink that they consume. When preparing their meals, instead of controlling food portions, focus on putting nutrient-rich foods on their plate.
Find assistance in your area. If you have an aging parent or loved one who may not be getting the nutrients they need for a healthy lifestyle, reach out to our personal care home of stone mountain Georgia. Our menus are planned and prepared to ensure that our senior residents only eat well-balanced and delicious meals.
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