Malnutrition in Elderly

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Malnutrition refers to insufficient, excessive or imbalanced consumption of nutrients. Globally, it is a serious health issue among senior population. In Malaysia, 1 in 4 seniors suffers from poor nutrition.

Causes

  • Poor diet
    When unsupervised, elderly will experience poor eating because of forgetting to eat or ignoring meal times.
  • Mental health problems
    According to MayoClinic, elderly suffering from mental problems such as depression due to partner death, leads to their interest in food and results in malnutrition.
  • Moving difficulties
    Lack of social contact or poor mobility may also leads to loss of appetite to eat less.
  • Digestive/absorption problems
    In elderly, malnutrition is usually due to digestive and absorption problems, rather than lack of food.

 

Solutions
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  • Eat right – Balanced diet
    A balanced diet is on that gives your body the nutrition it need to function properly. In order to get truly balanced nutrition, you should obtain the majority of your daily calories from fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
  • Adapt to A Nutrition Care Plan that Also Helps Anti-Aging
    “Feeding our body with the right nutrition, we can delay physical aging, and be at least 10 years younger than our chronological age”. – From Professor Mark L. Wahlqvist

Benefits of Right Food

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Prevents cardiovascular disease
  • Promotes heart health & promotes digestive health
  • Reduces various cancer risks
  • Maintain healthy skin, eyes, hair and weight

Tips on Loving Your Older Loved Ones

  • Buy and prepare foods packed with nutrients
  • Encourage healthy snacking
  • Visit registered dietitian for nutrition advice when needed

References:

  • The Association of LeadingAge
  • The European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
  • University of Michigan Health System
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)