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You may need to adjust your diet as you get older.
A Providence nutritionist explains why it’s important to understand the impact of aging on your nutrition needs.
Learn about good sources for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that benefit older people.
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?
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.
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