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Having good nutrition is important at any age. But it is
especially important for older adults. Eating a healthy diet can help keep your
body strong and can help lower your risk for disease.
But as you
get older, it can be harder to eat in healthy ways. If you have health problems
or can't be active, you may not feel as hungry as you used to. You may not plan
and make meals as often.
The following is a list of common
nutrition problems older adults have, plus some ideas for solutions.
Ideas for solutions
You have health problems that make it hard to
You have trouble shopping for
You have trouble preparing meals.
You don't feel very hungry.
You are worried about the cost of food.
Other Works Consulted
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2012). Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Food and nutrition for older adults: Promoting health and wellness. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112(8): 1255–1277. Also available online: http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8374.
Barberger-Gateau P, et al. (2007). Dietary patterns
and risk of dementia: The three-city cohort study. Neurology, 69(20): 1921–1930.
Katz DL (2008). Dietary recommendations for health
promotion and disease prevention. In Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 2nd ed., pp. 434–447. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S.
Department of Agriculture (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, 7th ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing
Office. Also available online:
January 25, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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