Elderly nutrition & dietary needs
As the age of the population grows, Elderly Nutrition becomes more and more of an issue. There is a growing understanding that the way older people eat can have a profound effect on their health, well-being, and quality of life.
Elderly nutrition addresses this issue, looking at the relationship of food to the aging process, and in particular the specific nutrient needs of older people - elderly nutrition.
The first issue to look at is the eating habits and health statistics of older people, many of whom do not get sufficient quantities of essential vitamins and minerals.
It is also crucial to consider the age-related changes in renal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal function, and energy metabolism, in order to understand how food affects older people.
It is well known that the appropriate diet can retard or even prevent the onset of various diseases, with research throwing up more and more examples of this - for example, there are very positive outcomes for diet based interventions in the prevention of age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older populations.
Framing all of this must be the realties of where older people live - these strategies must be appropriate for both those who still live at home (and may be responsible for their own care) and also those living in a residential setting.