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Nutrition for Elders and Older Adults

By Grant Mongin

Most agree that healthy eating is a key to physical and emotional health, and many make an effort to make sure they are receiving appropriate nutrition. However, as people age, ensuring good nutritional habits often becomes more difficult. Some reasons for this include restricted diets that help to address medical complications but make getting proper nutrition more difficult; dental issues causing pain when eating; and loneliness and depression which often causes people to lose interest in food. These, as well as other factors often lead to malnutrition in elders. Some studies even suggest that about 60% of hospitalized adults experience some level of malnutrition.

This sobering data can make the families of elders feel powerless to ensure the proper nutrition of their loved ones. While there is no perfect of guaranteed solution to combating malnutrition in older adults, we at Homewatch CareGivers of Crystal Lake offer solutions to the problems encountered by many elders. We at Homewatch CareGivers of Crystal Lake offer a personalized care that address many of the core causes of malnutrition in elders. By providing one-on-one care we help to combat the loneliness and depression that create loss of interest in food. By shopping and cooking with or for elders, we can make sure the food being eaten by elders in our care is of high nutritional value. Additionally, our services can include taking elders to doctor and dentist appointments which can help to decrease pain from dental issues. If you are interested in learning more about our elder care and in-home care services at Homewatch Caregivers of Crystal Lake please visit our website here. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition for elders, please visit the Chefs for Seniors website here.