Fact: Over 3.7 million seniors are malnourished, according to The American Academy of Family Physicians. A Place for Mom is on a mission to educate both seniors and caregivers about balancing senior nutritional needs with proper medication and exercise to help stop this tragic epidemic.
Senior malnutrition is preventable. The problem is that most people are unaware of that there’s a problem to begin with. But not only do seniors have different nutritional needs than younger adults, they also take more medication, have higher rates of chronic medical conditions—such as diabetes and heart disease—and are more likely live alone and less observed.
Malnutrition does not happen overnight, which is why deciphering when there’s a problem can be tricky. In fact, the condition is usually very gradual and happens over months, if not years, as seniors age and go through life-changing situations.
Here are some great resources to help educate your family about the importance of senior nutrition:
Senior Nutrition Resources — Learn how nutritional needs often change around 60, get top healthy senior eating tips, and find out how to help seniors increase key nutrients and improve their diets. You can also read about the A Place for Mom Nutrition Experts who provide senior nutrition advice on blog posts and across our site.
How to Prevent Senior Malnutrition — Learn how to prevent senior malnutrition. Know the causes, signs and symptoms that cause the condition and learn ways to help seniors stay hydrated.
3 Tips for Healthy Family Eating for the Holidays — The holidays are synonymous with an abundance of rich foods and overindulgence. Finding the right balance of yummy comfort food, decadent desserts and healthy recipes for every family member’s palette can be a challenge; especially for caregivers balancing meals for seniors and other family members.
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Senior Nutrition Tips from Joan Lunden
and Dr. Jones-Born on Better TV
On a recent segment on Better TV, A Place for Mom’s Joan Lunden and senior nutrition expert, Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born, discussed senior malnutrition, the unique nutritional needs of seniors and some healthy senior nutrition recipes. Watch the video clip from the show below: