Seniors have very different nutritional needs than teenagers, children, and even middle-aged adults. Age-related changes can affect how your body processes food, which influences your dietary needs and affects your appetite. Listed below are some potential changes that may occur.
Your metabolism slows down naturally, but it becomes more pronounced if you don’t get as much exercise as you should. When your metabolism slows, your body doesn’t burn as many calories, which means you need to eat less to stay at a healthy weight. As a result, the foods you eat should be as nutrient-rich as possible. Most women with average activity levels need about 1,800 calories per day. Men with an average activity level need about 2,300 calories each day. You’ll need fewer calories if you’re sedentary, more if you are very active.
Your digestive system changes as your body produces less of the fluids that it needs to process food in your digestive system when you get older. These changes can make it harder for your body to absorb important nutrients like folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.
Senior adult’s appetite may change if they take one or more medications for health conditions; these can cause side effects such as a lack of appetite or stomach upset, which can lead to poor nutrition.
Your emotional health may be affected if you feel depressed or lonely. This often leads to a loss of interest in eating. On the other hand, emotional issues may cause some people to eat more and gain unwanted pounds.
To address these changes, you need a healthy diet. It should be packed with vital nutrients that ward off potential health problems that are common in senior adults, like constipation, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Nutritious foods will also help you maintain a healthy weight and can work wonders for your energy level!
We at Palestine Senior Activity Center work with healthcare practitioners to design physical activity and nutrition programs that meet the needs of seniors. Our team regularly evaluates the efficacy of our chosen programs to keep them relevant to changing care needs.
Our meals and exercise classes put your enjoyment and wellness first. So rest assured that you are always in good hands with our compassionate team by your side.
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