Nutrition is very important for seniors, especially since they are known to have changes in their digestive systems. They generate less saliva and stomach acid as they get older which makes it difficult for their bodies to process certain vitamins and minerals.
In addition to this, dietician, Elisa Zied, MS, RD, says many seniors develop nutritional problems when they have some major life changing event. They may not be paying attention to their own nutrition and that’s where they can get into trouble.
As the 73 year-old in the video states, she resorts to what’s easy to make which is typically processed foods such as Mexican, Chinese and other take-out menus. This type of diet is a recipe for danger, cautions dieticians.
A recent study, showed that up to 16% of the nation’s seniors may be under-nourished and some seniors consume as little as a thousand calories without realizing they need more.
Here are a few nutrition tips from the video to help the senior in your life live healthy:
- Aim for at least 1,600 – 2,000 calories per day. Seniors need an average of this amount to meet their needs.
- Add supplements to their diet. It becomes increasingly important as they get older, especially for vitamin D because there isn’t enough in their diet.
- Good nutrition will improve senior’s lives and reduce your stress. Remember to focus on good nutrition because it will make them feel better, give them more energy, be more mentally alert, keep their bones strong, and allow them to do more things throughout the day to enjoy life.
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