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Taking Care of a Senior? Here Are Some Simple Strategies to Improve Their Nutrition

Taking Care of a Senior? Here Are Some Simple Strategies to Improve Their Nutrition

With improvements in medicine and self-care, we’re aging better. However, more than 55 million people in the United States are over the age of 65. Aging continues to affect health, but you can help your loved ones live better with good nutrition. 

At East Side Primary Medical Care on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, our experienced primary physician, Dr. Daniel Klein, provides comprehensive medical care for adults of all ages, including seniors and their caregivers.

Are you taking care of a senior? Do you have concerns about their health or diet? Here, we want to share some simple strategies to improve their nutrition. 

Nutrition basics for older adults

Good nutrition is eating a balanced diet filled with nutrient-rich foods that you enjoy, promote good health, and fit your budget. While basic nutrition is the same for everyone, nutrition needs change over time. 

Many older adults experience a decrease in appetite. Calories needs decline with age, but nutrient needs don’t change. These factors can make it hard for older adults to get the nutrition they need to stay healthy.

Aging affects muscle mass, causing weakness and increasing the risk of falls. Older adults need more protein than younger adults to maintain muscle mass. 

Older adults are also at risk for developing nutrient deficiencies due to changes in appetite, poor absorption, or inability to convert nutrients into an absorbable form. Some of the nutrients of concern include vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. 

Benefits of healthy eating

Improving your loved one’s nutrition benefits their physical and psychological well-being. Benefits of healthy eating for seniors include:

Eating better also helps seniors live a healthier, active, and independent life. This improves their mental well-being, reducing risk of depression and anxiety.

Strategies for improving nutrition

You don’t need to completely overhaul your loved one’s diet to improve their nutrition. In fact, making small, manageable changes may lead to better results.

Simple strategies for improving senior nutrition include:

It’s never too late to improve nutrition. Helping your loved one make a few changes to their diet can improve their health and quality of life. 

With grocery and meal delivery services, it’s easier than ever to help your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, or friend eat better and remain independent as they get older.

If you have concerns about nutrition for the senior you’re caring for, schedule an appointment with Dr. Klein. We can discuss concerns, evaluate your loved one, and come up with a plan.

Call today at 680-206-2794 or book an appointment online.

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