The Importance of Planning Nutrition for the Elderly

Nutrition for the Elderly
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Nutrition for the Elderly

Nutrition for the elderly people must be planned in a careful way and with advancing age the nutritional requirements of your body changes vastly. Due to this the diet plan your body needs more attention so that the special needs are satisfied by including and excluding some of the food items you have been taking so far. The eating habits you were practicing now too need to be fine tuned to give your body the right type of nutrients at the right time.

How can Proper Nutrition be Achieved?

With the advancing age the hormonal changes of the body brings about various changes in the overall metabolic process of your body and these must be carefully analyzed and taken into account while formulating a day to day diet plan. This helps in providing the right type of nutrition for the elderly so that you can live a healthy life for a long time. When you are past middle age avoid taking too much fat. This can be achieved by shifting to:

  • lean meats,
  • dairy products of low fat content,
  • and eliminating fried foods from your diet.

We Still Need Muscle, in fact more of it

To satisfy the higher needs of proteins during the old age, you must take more eggs, fish and poultry products to provide for the building of fast deteriorating muscle structure of the body. For getting the required energy sufficient amounts of carbohydrates must be included in your diet. While planning the nutrition for the elderly it must be noted that the carbohydrates you take contains sufficient amounts of fiber. This ensures proper functioning of the digestive system as well as for the overall well being of the body.

The Fountain of Life-Water

As you get older the amount of water loss from the body also increases due to various reasons and to compensate for this do not forget to take sufficient amounts of water. For finding how much water you have to take each day use this formula of:

  • one ounce of water for every 2.2 pounds of your body weight.

The need for micro nutrients like vitamins and minerals must also be carefully integrated in the nutrition for the elderly and this is necessary for the proper functioning of all the body systems and to build up strong immunity to save you from diseases.

Iron-an Essential Nutrient

It is very common to see iron deficiency in the older people and this is mainly caused due to less intake of food. This can be avoided by:

  • taking more cereals in your breakfast
  • by switching to red lean meat in your diet.

The advancing age also brings more deficiency of calcium in your body and a normal adult needs at least 1500mg of calcium everyday and when you plan the nutrition for the elderly you must pay special attention to this vital fact that affects the bone structure and its strength as you grow old. Add more milk in your diet and as an alternative you can also go for yogurt, broccoli, low fat cheese etc.

Free your Mind and Exercise

The key to stay healthy in your old age is to stay active and keep your mind and body in an active state. Aside from nutrition, the benefits of exercise for the elderly are numerous and aging should not be an excuse. By taking a well balanced diet you can get the required level of all nutrition for the elderly for a life free of diseases and deficiencies.

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mbwalz 3 years ago from Maine

Excellent information. Now, if we could just be sure they are even eating. I know my dad's meds caused him to not be hungry. Since I couldn't be with him all the time, it was a concern. But as I get older, the information is also useful to me (aaaak!)

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Sadika Alloush 3 years ago from Baja, California Author

Thank you Mbwalz :) My brother was the same way, I would try letting your Dad know these are the times he should eat even if he does not feel hungry. It worked on my brother, hopefully it works on your Dad

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