The Importance of Good Nutrition in Aging Adults
Eating well is important at any age, but good nutrition becomes even more important for aging individuals as their nutritional needs change. Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, quality of life and vitality. Unfortunately, so many Seniors are not eating as well as they should, and this can lead to various health concerns, such as a weak immune system, muscle weakness and decreased bone mass. This puts them at risk for falls and fractures a
Seniors struggle with proper nutrition for various reasons. They are unable to get to the grocery store easily. They exhibit a lack of interest in cooking and/or don’t like to eat alone. They could be suffering from depression after a loss of a spouse or other family member.
Even small nutritional changes can make a big difference in an older adult’s health and well-being. To encourage better nutrition in your loved one, try the following:
- Encourage them to eat foods packed with nutrients.
- Plan between meal snacks and have them prepared and easy to grab at any time.
- Consider a nutritional supplement for extra nutrients they may not be getting from food.
- Make meals a social event. They would much rather share a meal with you or a friend, then eat alone.
- Encourage physical activity to stimulate appetite.
- Consider outside help to grocery shop and prepare snacks and meals.
Remember, identifying and treating nutrition issues early can promote good health, independence and increased longevity. Take steps now to ensure your loved one’s nutrition is sufficient for good health.
Terri Murphy is a Certified Senior Advisor, The Owner/President of Hope Senior Home Care and the Board Chair and President of Certified Senior Solutions, a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit organization. Terri can be reached at (313) 881-4600. www.hopeseniorhomecare.com and www.certified-ssi.org.