Aging bodies have unique nutritional needs. A balanced eating plan may not slow down the march of time, but it could help increase your health and quality of life with every nutritious bite.
If you’re a “person of a certain age” you’re probably all-too-familiar with the impact the passing years have had on your health. As your body ages, it needs key nutrients to maintain peak performance – but how do you know what those needs are, and how do you integrate them into a healthy diet, especially with the restrictions COVID-19 has brought to your daily life?
Aging can make it harder to get the nutrients you need because:
- Your appetite decreases but your nutritional needs stay the same or increase.
- The death or illness of your spouse may mean you’re now living alone and not as likely to eat a regular diet of balanced meals.
- Health issues make it difficult to prepare nutritious meals or feed yourself.
- Medications affect your appetite, food tastes and preferences.
- Your sense of smell and taste are diminished.
- You have problems chewing or swallowing many of your available menu choices.
Here’s a look at the nutrients you need as part of a balanced diet as you age – even during a pandemic.
Find a doctor
The experts at Providence can help you overcome the challenges of healthy eating while aging. You can find a Providence geriatric specialist using our provider directory. Or, you can search for a primary care doctor in your area.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
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