Importance of good nutrition in seniors

For the elderly the benefits of adopting a healthy diet can be very important. It can increase energy levels, increase mental sharpness, resistance to illnesses and also faster recuperation times also as we age eating well can give us a positive outlook and help us stay emotionally balanced. Creativity in the kitchen can be for all ages eating fresh tasty food with friends and family. It’s never too late to change your eating habits, when we make a change to colourful fruits and veg, quality proteins and whole grains you will feel more healthy inside and out.

Good nutrition keeps muscles bones and organs strong and boosts immunity. A proper diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes.

also key nutrients are  essential for the brain to function correctly. people who eat a selection of fruit, veg, fish and nuts decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Malnutrition is a serious health problem among the elderly which is caused by eating too little it causes depression, fatigue, weak immune system and also lung and heart problems.

ways in which to prevent malnutrition are

  • Snack between meals
  • Eat foods packed with nutrients
  • Eat with company when possible
  • Get help with food preparation
  • consult your doctor.

By Gemma Doheny.