Aging and Nutrition


We all know that we are what we eat and that what we eat should be healthy, quality foods.  This is even more important when preparing meals for aging adults. Since it is estimated that one out of four seniors is suffering from some form of malnutrition, what goes into their body needs to be carefully considered. It is vitally important that the primary caregiver, be it family or hired help, know the dietary restrictions of the senior, customize a balanced diet plan and utilize proper meal planning techniques to ensure that the aging person is receiving all the benefits of a healthy diet rich healthy vitamins and antioxidants.

First and foremost, making sure that raw food choices are available daily goes a long way towards promoting healthy habits in the aging senior. Living bodies love living foods, so the closest to natural food choices you can provide them the better their bodies will respond. Meals should be prepared with taste and variety in mind. Eating should be pleasurable and how foods taste and look will help seniors who may have poor appetites to derive more enjoyment from their foods. Finally, avoid prepackaged foods or at least keep them to a minimum, they are mainly made up of manmade chemicals which the human body has trouble digesting and using for energy anyway.

By following these simple guidelines, the caregiver can help ensure that the senior has access to the highest quality foods and the opportunity to make better food choices for themselves.