Elderly Nutrition

 

In the later years of life, a healthy diet can help you to stay active and stay well.
Elderly people usually do less physical work than younger adults, so need less energy. Women’s iron needs decrease when they stop menstruating. Needs for other micronutrients do not decrease with age.

Nutrition requirements:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Eat small frequent meals
  • Eat three nutritious meals daily chosen from at least 4 of the main food groups
  • Avoid foods high in fats ,sugar and salt
  • Engage in minimal exercise
  • Drink plenty of clean safe water

Tips

  • Eat soft foods if teeth are missing or gums are sore.
  • Increase intake of foods rich in calcium and vitamin D for bone strength.
  • Keep a healthy weight.