Nourish, Nurture & Nest – Our elders!!!
Aging is a natural process similar to birth and death. As we grow older, we become more vulnerable to and susceptible to diseases due to our changing nutritional requirements. Eating well is the most important and crucial for all age groups. Especially, in old age, it is important to maintain nutrition to improve the quality of health.
Aging also brings changes in our perception, physiological, general limitations in turn affecting the nutritional status of the individual.
Changes occurring in smell, taste, and hearing :
Senses to eat food and produce saliva is activated through nose and taste buds (tongue) and which helps in proper digestion of food. When we grow older:
Smell: Loss of smell impacts food choices and hence reduces the overall consumption.
Taste: This is the most common complaint we hear from our elderly folks, repeatedly giving us reason for not eating. Aging diminishes the salt and sugar sensitivity and they often find the food tasting bitter or sour.
Often, the nutritional requirements change hence the need for the particular nutrient also changes.
Energy: Requirement for energy decreases due to lower expenditure and hence the intake may or may not be the same.
Function: our body’s function decreased due to a change in body composition such as fat stores and muscle mass decreases. Kidney function is also lowered.
Dentition: Falling of teeth or loss of a tooth, hampers the chewing of food, and may have to change the consistency of food and avoid hard sticky foods.
Ø Due to limitations of chewing, easy foods will be chosen which might not contain the required fiber helping in clearing bowel leading to Constipation.
Ø Reduce fiber intake will further form a gas, chronic pain in the upper stomach and delay in emptying of stomach contents.
Ø This is the most important cause why the majority of our elders are malnourished and it’s our duty to ensure that they are not undernourished and we take care and precaution and also bring to notice if they are losing weight and not to tag it to their age.
Malnutrition: It is the state of undernutrition, nutrient deficiencies, and imbalances of either all nutrients or nutrients which are required in less quantity.
Risk factors of malnutrition:
Ø Fear of personal safety (affects the ability to go alone to the grocery)
Ø Lack of eating interest
Ø Loss of close and dear ones.
Ø Staying alone.
Clearly, nutrition plays an important role to nourish our senior folks. These are the bridge fillers to provide optimum nutrition and help our pillars grow stronger.
Family protein: It is powdered form easy to add 11/2 tsp -3 tsp in dal preparation, or sweet mix preparation, ensure to provide the protein requirement. sometimes dairy may not be suitable due to their sensitive stomach. During those times it is best to provide the protein.
Spirulina: It is the best source of vitamin B 12, helping in balancing of energy and keeping them less tired. Due to the lack of vitamins and minerals, it bridges well between their intake and requirement. It also helps in the bowel movement and keeps them light. Dosage: 2 tablets to be taken after breakfast and 2 tablets after dinner.
Concentrated mineral drop: It contains 84 trace minerals and in ionic form, meaning it is immediately absorbed by the body.
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Nourish them, Nurture them and make our pillars grow stronger!!!!