As it turns out, functional disability is related to a bad diet. Besides, members of this population are also at increased risk of drug-induced nutritional deficiencies due to the number of prescription drugs they take.
Older people often find grocery shopping difficult, feel cramped in the kitchen, or lack the skills necessary to maintain a good diet. Therefore, caregivers come to the rescue, but you may choose to seek additional support from agencies that provide home support services.
At Access HealthCare Services Inc., we have personal support workers (PSW) who are capable of assisting you with all of your home care needs.
In this article, we’ll talk about why you need to customize the nutrient intake for older adults.
How nutritional intake needs change with aging
Here are the prominent reasons.
A Modified Food Guide Pyramid for Older Adults
Research has already given a developed way to handle change in dietary needs For the aging population.
According to the Canadian Food Guide, there is an urgent need for calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 supplements.
The research confirms that increased physical activity allows for the intake of larger quantities of food, which in turn increases the consumption of all the necessary nutrients. Therefore, physical activity helps maintain muscle mass with aging.
Nutritional Patterns of Older Adults
There have been five eating patterns:
Eating white bread
In this case, people obtain prominent energy from white bread (16 percent, on average).
The favorable pattern where people get energy from fruits, high fiber cereal, and whole-grain bread.
The other favorable pattern where people get energy from meat and potatoes.
In this pattern, they get energy from baked sweets.
They tend to get energy from alcohol.
The intake of protein needs to be moderately high for maintaining nitrogen balance and age-related lower energy intake.
By contrast, a high protein often leads to an increase in the risk of toxicity or impaired renal function.
With a proficient personal care assistant, aside, you are tension free about the minuscule things in the diet.
Dietary fiber is one of the main macronutrients that help maintain intestinal health and protect against heart disease and other metabolic conditions.
Besides, if the intake of omega-3 fatty acids is high, it protects against many conditions, including cardiovascular events.
You will get this macronutrient in fatty fish, flax seeds, and walnuts.
Calcium helps build and protect your bones, also makes the blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat.
Good vitamin B12 concentrations help with peripheral neuropathy, balance disturbances, cognitive disturbances, and physical disability.
Found in fortified milk, fatty fishes, vitamin D helps with all-around improvement.
Steps to improve nutrition intake for seniors
We want to let you know that we select the personal care assistants after a thorough examination. There’s strict adherence to our policies during the hiring procedures.
We make recurrent efforts to assign an appropriate PSW, who is familiar with your cultural and social environment.
We can talk about your unique requirements once we connect.
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