Good nutrition for the elderly

this image shows the front cover of the dairy council bring it back booklet

Good nutrition for the elderly especially when they lack appetite

With so much discussion about obesity currently, it is also important to remember that being too thin is not healthy and good nutrition for the elderly is vital to maintain good health and well being.

This is difficult to maintain due to lack of appetite, social factors, depression, poor dental health and just a lack of energy and enthusiasm to cook a decent balanced meal.

Being too thin is not just an issue for some young people, plenty of elderly people are not eating  enough which  can result in

  • poor immune system
  • increased risk of falling
  • constipation
  • dry flaky skin

Indicators that someone is not eating well obviously include clothing becoming loose, rings slipping off and the general look of weight loss that also shows in the face.

The Dairy Council have produced a set of materials including a set of postcards containing practical recipes and tips for people not eating enough and their campaign Bring it Back is endorsed by

  • Age UK,
  • The National Pharmacists Association,
  • Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust,
  • The Malnutrition Task Force
  •  Contact the Elderly.
The campaign was set up to increase awareness and recognition that some of our elderly population that are frail or have lost their appetite may be helped by simple nutritional strategies including dairy products, because of its nutrient richness and help in increasing protein intake.
Good nutrition for the elderly also reduces the need for hospital admissions and also facilitates better recovery from illnesses and I have a few sets of the bring it back campaign literature available. Please contact me via my contact page for yours. ( UK only sadly unless postage costs are donated )

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

2 Comments

  1. This is an excellent site with some very good advice

    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I do try to share useful information and Caron Cares is my passion.My husband will tell you he has become a blog widower over the last four years but he supports my work. Please tell others about it.

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