Diet for Elderly
With age our nutritional requirements change. As energy needed is less, the total caloric intake should also reduce. An increase in starchy, fiber-providing foods and a reduction in fatty and sugary foods is usually beneficial.
A low-fat, high-fiber diet is not appropriate for all elderly people, especially those with repeated infections, generally poor health or a poor appetite. Older people should choose a nutrient rich diet, which provides protein, vitamins and minerals such as milk and dairy products, meat, eggs, fish, bread, cereals, and fruit and vegetables.
A varied diet will also help to ensure adequate nutritional intake.As digestion may be an issue, snacks are an important part of the diet in older age groups, particularly for those unable to cope with large meals at one sitting.
Dairy products such as milk provide an excellent way to provide a nutrient rich snack along with fluid in individuals who are struggling to meet their requirements. The Idietitian nutritionist can help you with diet related issues you may be facing and can guide you to lead a healthier, happier life!