Preventative Care | October 16, 2020
Malnutrition: A Serious Concern for Seniors – We all know that we feel better when we eat well. Good eating habits, and being mindful of healthy eating goals, can improve mental and physical health, and give us the energy we need to do the activities we love.
Unfortunately, too many seniors are not having their nutritional needs met. Changes in our bodies as we age, and changing dietary needs, can make healthy eating more difficult for older adults.
One in three hospital patients is malnourished upon admission and almost one-third of Canadian patients (31 percent) experiences declines in nutritional status while in the hospital.
The health risks associated with malnutrition can be especially concerning for seniors.
If engaging in good eating habits is a struggle, there are steps anyone can take to ensure that they are getting proper nutrition. In addition to consulting a physician about diet or health concerns, family and caregivers can also try the following tactics to get the seniors they love and work with back on the right track.
For those concerned about their nutrition, or the eating habits of a senior loved one, speaking to a medical professional is critical.
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
For seniors struggling to maintain healthy eating habits, Comfort Keepers caregivers can help with meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation and support for physician-prescribed diets. Our custom care plans focus on physical and mental health and wellness activities. Our goal is to see that clients have the means to find the joy and happiness in each day, regardless of age or acuity.
To learn more about our in-home care services, contact the Comfort Keepers Orangeville location today.
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Healthline. “How Your Nutritional Needs Change as you Age.” Web. 2017.