Nutrition

By John Bauslaugh on January 29, 2014

Nutrition

Loneliness, decreased energy and diminished appetite all contribute to a lack of enthusiasm among seniors, when it comes to meal preparation. In fact, a typical senior's diet has been dubbed the “tea and toast” diet – a common meal or snack among seniors that delivers no nutritional value.

 

42% of Canadian seniors living at home may have nutritional problems that compromise their health. Without proper nutrition, any number of issues can arise:


 

  • Higher risk for osteoporosis, falls and fractures, in turn leading to increased need for medical attention and resources.

  • Decreased energy, further exacerbating the existing problem.

  • May hamper medication efficiency.

 

Good nutrition is essential for the health and well-being of seniors. There are many things families can do to assist seniors living at home that will help them feel good, stay

well and maintain their independence. Home Healthcare professionals, who work in

homes with seniors everyday, can provide families with very practical, simple tips to help keep their elderly relatives well.

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By John Bauslaugh| January 29, 2014
Categories:  Care Giving

About the Author

John Bauslaugh

John Bauslaugh


John has been reporting on home health care and independent living for over ten years. In addition to extensive research, John writes on important issues from personal experience.

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