As a nutritionist and member of The CareGiver Partnership team, I see every day how age plays a role in health and nutrition. We have solicited the input of thousands of caregivers, and a reoccurring concern is senior malnutrition. The baby boomer generation, many of whom are now caring for their parents, worries about the risks associated with aging. They see Mom and Dad being less mobile, which in turn makes it more difficult to shop for and cook fresh, nutritious foods.
Causes and symptoms
Malnutrition can begin with a medication or health problem that leads to decreased appetite or trouble eating. Other causes include dietary restrictions, alcoholism, or limited income and social contact. If you suspect a loved one isn’t getting good nutrition, observe his everyday eating habits and find out who buys his food. Look for signs such as poor wound healing, easy bruising, dental problems and weight loss evidenced by ill-fitting clothing.
|Good nutrition is critical to a healthy immune system, digestion, heart, lungs and muscle strength.|
Source: Mayo Clinic: Senior Health, How to Detect and Prevent Malnutrition