Ensuring seniors get proper nutrition while following doctors’ diet recommendations and navigating medical conditions like diabetes, dementia or arthritis can make the simple act of eating complicated for seniors and family caregivers. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re sharing resources that may help. Learn more about senior nutrition at
According to the professionals,
six key nutrients – calcium, Vitamins D and B12, sodium, fiber and water – are important to successful aging for any older adult.
Nutrition may be even more important to seniors who are facing common chronic medical conditions:
These five reasons could impact an older adult’s ability to get the proper nutrition:
Let’s not underestimate the impact of senior loneliness.
Home Instead Senior Care® research shows lack of companionship is the biggest mealtime challenge for seniors.
Dining alone can magnify loneliness and feelings of depression, which in turn can suppress appetite and lead to poor eating. Anyone can drop off a meal, but engaging seniors while they eat, even sitting down with a cup of tea, could make a positive difference in his or her social life. Spending mealtime with loved ones as often as possible or even calling at meal times might make an important impact on his or her health.Other resources that may help aging loved ones with proper nutrition:
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