The older population is increasing worldwide and soon older people will outnumber younger people. Meeting the diet and nutrition needs of older adults is crucial for the maintenance of health, functional independence and quality of life. This projected growth in the older population has caused healthcare and support services to take a closer look at their nutrition programs.
While many older adults remain healthy and eat well those in poorer health may experience difficulties in meeting their nutritional needs. We often relate poor nutrition to weight management. However, malnutrition also increases health risks such as:
- Bone density issues- bones break easier
- Increase in falls due to dehydration
- Increased confusion
Many don’t consider these additional risks. Not to mention it is often difficult to prepare nutritional meals for a single individual or a couple.