Why a Nutritious Diet is So Important for Seniors
No matter how old you may be, eating right is the best way to help ensure you stay healthy. It’s even more critical for seniors to follow a healthy diet, in order for them to have the highest possible quality of life. The changes our bodies go through make it vital that we pay close attention to what we eat.
Changes in Perception
As we get older, our senses of hearing, smell and taste often go through significant changes. You might not associate hearing with food, but there is a connection. When someone can’t hear as well as they used to, going out to eat can be a frustrating experience. As a result, we might push away our food and not get the nutrition we need.
Also, if you can’t smell correct, food might not be as appealing. The same obviously holds true for our sense of taste. Many seniors feel it’s simply not worth it to eat if they can’t enjoy the taste – and they wind up severely malnourished as a result.
The physical changes we undergo make our nutritional needs change as well. For example, many people experience kidney issues and need to follow a special diet to keep their kidneys functioning as effectively as possible. We also don’t have as much energy as before. Metabolism changes, and we don’t need as many calories as we used to.
At Eden Memory Care, we go to painstaking detail to make sure all of our residents get the nutrition they need to live the most fulfilling lives possible. Learn more about us by calling (281) 935-9115 or contacting us online.