Healthy Eating in older age
At Home Instead Altrincham, Sale and Wythenshawe we put together our 'Live Well, your way' magazine to help promote our fantastic community. Part of the content revolves around nutrition and lunch clubs close by. As we age physical changes to our bodies occur which can affect the way we think and feel about food. These changes can prevent us from having access to a healthy diet and can also make us believe we are less hungry, resulting in us eating less. The changes may include:
• Reduced mobility which means shopping for food becomes more difficult or a chore rather than an enjoyable activity.
• Our taste buds are renewed less frequently and our sense of smell reduces meaning an older person’s appetite can decline, reducing the intake of food.
• Surgery, illness and medication may all have a direct impact on appetite.
• Changes in our mouth may include producing less saliva and changes to teeth and jaw shape may mean dentures no longer feel comfortable or fit correctly.
• Having long term conditions such as dementia can cause cognitive impairment leading to problems with eating and drinking.
But it isn’t just physical changes which affect an older person’s attitude to food. Social isolation is a major factor in making seniors feel unmotivated to cook for one or they may lack the cooking skills.
Stressful events such as family issues and bereavement may create a ripple effect and can cause a reduction in appetite.
On top of this, elderly individuals could potentially have lower food budgets leaving them feeling they cannot afford to eat healthily.
For more in depth knowledge please take a look at this link Stay Nourished
If you would like one of our Live well, your way Meal Planners please call Sarah Maunder on the office number 0161 870 1136 or if you'd like to take a quick look turn to page 22 in our Live well, your way magazine here