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How Do Nutritional Needs Change With Age?

In order to maintain good mental and physical health as we age, it is essential our daily iStock_000075838755_Largedietary and nutritional needs are met. This becomes especially important for seniors who suffer from memory loss due to dementia and Alzheimer’s because they may be unable to remember if they have taken their vitamins or when they last ate a meal. Placing a loved one in a skilled nursing facility is never an easy decision, but for many with health concerns, it is the best option to help ensure that the brain and body don’t deteriorate at a quicker rate.

What Can Affect Senior Citizens Diet?

We all know food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. However, many don’t take into consideration the numerous physical and lifestyle changes that occur as an individual ages and how those changes can affect their diet. Physical changes can include a slowing metabolism, weakened senses, side effects from medication or illness, and changes in how the body absorbs nutrients and digests foods. Some lifestyle changes that affect a senior’s diet can be circumstances such as death or divorce, loneliness and depression, living on a limited budget, memory loss or being limited physically due to impairment.

Unfortunately, the risk of experiencing physical or lifestyle changes only increase with age, but recent studies show that a healthy and balanced diet in later years increases mental acuteness and energy levels, decrease the time it takes to recuperate from sicknesses, and reduce the risk for developing diseases like osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancer .

Ensuring A Seniors Nutritional Needs Are Met

For senior citizens who already suffer from various illnesses such as diabetes or vitamin deficiency, a proper diet is even more vital to their overall health. A major concern with various illnesses in any nursing facility is that of weight loss, which is another reason dietary staff are continuously educated on different ways to meet specific needs of each resident.

By planning out meals with a variety of foods high in protein, fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and essential vitamins/minerals, and calcium rich foods is just one way that our Senior Care Centers make sure that your loved ones are receiving adequate nutrition day in and day out. Even more importantly, we help to make sure that meals aren’t being skipped as well as daily vitamins are being taken. For seniors in need of specialized meals, our various Senior Care Centers facilities located throughout Texas and Louisiana work with you and your loved one to make sure that their individual needs are being met. Contact us today to learn more about how our team of skilled nurses make resident wellness and longevity a priority.

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