Watch Out For Malnutrition

Nutrition is critical to overall health and well-being for older adults, but those who need help with their care from a professional from Visiting Angels, will have the benefit of someone else watching out for how much they eat.

Malnutrition in older adults can lead to issues like a weak immune system, which increases the risk of infections; Poor wound healing and muscle weakness, which can lead to falls and fractures

Malnutrition can lead to further disinterest in eating or lack of appetite, which makes things worse. Also, illness and issues lie dementia can be even more at risk of poor nutrition.

One step to take if your older relative shops for groceries, encourage them to take a shopping list. You can also suggest splitting the cost of meals with a friend or neighbor, or frequenting restaurants that offer discounts for older adults.

Finally, consider help from a place like Visiting Angels to aide in shopping for groceries or preparing meals. Also consider Meals on Wheels and other community services, including home visits from nurses and registered dietitians.
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