A look at the nutritional needs of adults and elderly adults and how a nutrition professional can support you. Defining the specific nutritional needs of older persons older persons are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition moreover, attempts to provide them with adequate nutrition encounter many practical problems first, their nutritional requirements are not well defined. Nutritional problems in the elderly can cause a number of complications, including weakened immune systems, lowered energy levels and chronic health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis.
The definition of healthy eating does change a little as you age for example, as you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before your body also needs more of certain nutrients. Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers as you age, you might need less energy. Sometimes older adults simply refuse to make necessary nutritional changes, even if they are doctor recommended people with dementia, especially, may refuse to eat certain things be creative if your loved one needs protein, try making them a smoothie with wheat germ.
Poor nutrition and malnutrition occur in 15 to 50 percent of the elderly population but the symptoms of malnutrition (weight loss, disorientation, lightheadedness, lethargy and loss of appetite) can easily be mistaken for illness or disease.
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Some of the most common reasons for poor nutrition in the elderly include: decrease in sensitivity the aging process itself is a barrier to good nutrition since it is common to for appetites to diminish as a person ages. Getting adequate nutrition can be a challenge as you get older with age, the number of calories you need begins to decline every calorie you consume must be packed with nutrition in order to hit.