Are there specific nutritional needs for elderly?
Yes, there are. It is a fact that our body undergoes various changes as we age. Once our body experience these changes that come with aging, our nutritional needs become more complex. Healthy eating is necessary at any age but even more important for seniors because they require more energy-giving and life-sustaining nutrients.
Common changes most elderly experience:
Most seniors report diminished taste in food. This results from decreasing taste buds. Oftentimes, this makes food taste more bitter or sour.
The sense of smell also decreases as people age. This leads to poor nutrition and loss of appetite.
As people age, metabolic rate (the rate at which your body burns energy) tends to slow down. This means decreasing caloric needs.
Foods that give energy:
According to the National Institute on Aging, to avoid weight gain, aging people should eat nutrient-dense foods. These are foods that give the body lots of nutrients without a lot of extra calories. Examples are:
- Hamburger patty, 4 oz. precooked, extra lean ground beef – 167 calories
- Hamburger patty, 4 oz. precooked, regular ground beef – 235 calories
- Large apple, 8 oz. – 110 calories
- Two slices of 100% whole-wheat bread, 1 oz. each – 138 calories
- Medium croissant, 2 oz. – 231 calories
- Roasted chicken breast, skinless (3 oz.) – 141 calories
- Fried chicken wings with skin and batter, (3 oz.) – 479 calories
Worrying on how to achieve the ideal nutritional needs for elderly?
Despite all the bodily changes that seniors go through, it is still possible to encourage them in eating a healthy diet. However, preparing hearty meals for them every day needs a lot of extra work.
At Harmony Guest Home, we prepare healthy foods for our residents each day, depending on their nutritional necessity. Come and visit our facility to get to know more about our services and staff. You can also talk to us through 503-648-3413 and firstname.lastname@example.org.