Older adults are especially subject to poor nutrition. As this can significantly increase a decline in health, it is very important to keep a close eye on it.

Why are older adults more subject to poor nutrition?

  • Living alone leading to loss of interest in preparing home cooked meals

  • Physical effort to prepare healthy food sometimes too much

  • Poor quality nutrition in convenience meals or meals delivered to the home

  • Poor appetite related to mental health, drug side effects or nutrient deficiency

  • Loneliness or other mental health issues

  • Drug induced nutritional deficiencies

  • Side effects of medications

How to detect signs of malnutrition?

  • Feeling tired all the time and lacking energy

  • Frequently getting infections

  • Taking a long time to recover from infections

  • Delayed wound healing

  • Poor concentration

  • Difficulty keeping warm

  • Depression

  • Unintentional weight loss

  • Muscle weakness or loss of strength

  • Problems with memory

  • A weak immune system

  • Anaemia

A few tips to prevent malnutrition in older adults!

  • Use herbs and hpices when preparing food

  • Make meals colourful and appealing

  • Encourage healthier food choices

  • Snacking on healthy foods is a good way to get extra nutrients and calories between meals

  • Make food taste good again

  • Consider adding supplements to your loved one's diet

  • Encourage exercise

  • Plan social activities

  • Check food stock

  • Seek guidance from GP

Don't forget that our Care Team is always there to help if you need any advice or support. Contat us via chat, email or phone.

With love and Care,
Tracey

Contact us:
Tel: 0203 095 8252
Email: support@birdie.care

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