Did you know?
- 9.18% of the U.S. senior population is malnourished
- 31% of seniors are chronically dehydrated
- Seniors need fewer calories than adults under age 60
- Seniors need more calcium, vitamin D and B-12 than adults under
The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates there are 3.7
million malnourished seniors in the U.S. today due to a wide
range of issues including medication conflicts, changing taste
buds, lack of appetite, depression, chronic illness and new
nutritional needs. As we age, our bodies require fewer calories,
yet require more protein, calcium, B vitamins and other nutrients.
Even in this health conscious age, many caregivers lack awareness
about the specific dietary needs of seniors and how nutrition is a
key contributor to the well-being and longevity of the elderly.
Our Nutrition Experts
Heather Schwartz, MS, RD
Heather Schwartz is a Registered Dietitian working at
Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Having worked with acutely
ill, hospitalized patients and their families for many years,
Heather has transitioned into a counseling-intensive role where she
works closely with seniors and their caregivers. Through group
seminars, e-media, and individual nutrition counseling, Heather is
able to effectively communicate nutrition messages to those
striving for improvements in their health and the health of those
for whom they provide care. Having worked at two of the U.S.
News & World Report's Best Hospitals in the past decade,
Heather practices evidence-based, cutting-edge nutrition therapies
to coach her clients and their caregivers to success.
Read Heather's guest blog post: "How to Help Seniors
Increase Hydration and Protein Intake"
Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born
Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born is a licensed naturopathic
physician in California and Connecticut, and is an active member of
the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Born
Naturopathic Associates, Inc. is the prime location in Alameda, CA
for integrative medical care for patients off all ages and genders,
for acute and chronic conditions. For more information or to
schedule an appointment, please visit www.bornnaturopathic.com or call 510-550-4023.
Read Dr. Lindsay's guest blog post: "Why Seniors
Have Different Nutritional Needs."
Sandra Burton, RD
Sandy Burton is a Registered Dietitian who graduated with a
Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science, with a
concentration in Dietetics from San Jose State University. She
joined Fresenius Medical Care in 2008, providing nutrition
counseling for dialysis patients. Sandy also works for Bay Area
Nutrition; providing individual counseling, specializing in
Chronic Kidney Disease, hospice and nutrition for the
Read Sandy's guest blog post: "Why
Malnourishment Plagues Seniors in America Today"
Top Healthy Eating Tips for Senior Citizens
The MyPlate for Older Adults from Tufts University stresses the
importance of consuming fluids by having a row of glasses as its
foundation. As we age there can be a disassociation between how
hydrated our bodies are and how thirsty we feel. Lettuce,
vegetable juice and soups are important ways to increase the amount
of fluid in an older person's diet. Download and print the MyPlate
Nutrition Guidelines for Older Adults.
MyPlate for Older Adults
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