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Care Services Discuss the Importance of Senior Nutrition

Mar 16, 2018 by Alan White

It's natural for our tastes and appetite to change as we age. After all, the foods you like now are probably very different from the foods that you enjoyed eating when you were a child or a teenager! However, care services have noted that many senior citizens see a decline in their health as they age due to a decrease in appetite. While a change in appetite is natural and to be expected as we age, this does not mean that senior citizens have a lower need for important vitamins and nutrients.

Nutrition is especially important for senior citizens because older Americans have an increased need for supplemental body materials. Older Americans can be more prone to cognitive issues and injury, which means that proper nutrition and eating habits can help seniors live longer, healthier, and more comfortable lives.

What constitutes "healthy eating" can change as you age. For example, senior citizens are usually much less active than they were when they were in their teens or twenties; this means that they will require fewer calories, and may even risk becoming overweight if they consume too many calories or fatty foods like they did in their youth. Care services recommend that loved ones with an older family member help to take an active role in their older parent or loved one's health by assisting them with healthy meal prep and shopping.

How can you help ensure that your loved one is eating better? The first step is to know what a healthy plate looks like. Your senior citizen will require all of the major food groups, and his or her diet should include plenty of healthy proteins (like grilled chicken, salmon, or chickpeas), leafy green vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Care services advise that reading the nutritional labels can help you to make smart choices for your loved one, and cooking healthy foods is a great way to bond with your older loved one as well!

Senior nutrition is just as important as nutrition at any age, and can help ensure a happier and easier time aging. By incorporating all of the major food groups and vitamins into your loved one's diet, you can help set him or her up for a better life as they age!

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