How Nutritional Needs Change as We Get Older

Terri Jones
Dietary Manager
Abbyshire Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Nutritional NeedsAs we age our nutritional needs change.  We need fewer calories as we reach every new decade. We move around less and have less muscle. Our metabolic rate goes down.

So the challenge while eating less overall is to eat more nutrient-rich foods. We need to consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grain, nuts, beans, fish, low dairy products and low cuts of meat. At times in a nursing home environment this is a challenge. It is important to trigger ours senses of seeing or smelling. The baking of bread or cookies for example can be helpful to triggers these senses in the elderly.

Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Elderly Adults on a Daily Basis

As we age our body needs the same amount of protein and vitamins and minerals.

Perhaps the biggest myth about nutrients and aging is that older people are set in their ways. In fact, that really not true. I have found that most elderly adults are really into eating healthy. Many are willing to change their diet for a healthier lifestyle.

About Abbyshire Place

Abbyshire Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab is located in Bidwell Ohio. Abbyshire has been rated 4 Stars by the centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMA). We provide skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy. Abbyshire is dedicated to meeting a wide range of personal and medical needs with care and compassion. That level of concern is reflected everywhere, from the attractive surroundings to the way we get to know and respect the needs of each and every resident and patient. We take pride in offering the little extras that mean so much and make life pleasant.

To learn more about Abbyshire Place or to schedule a tour with our Admissions Director, please call 740-446-7150