Nutrition for older people

Nutrition for older people

As we get older, eating healthily is vitally important. It helps us to stay in good shape physically and mentally, and provides a defence against infections.

Having a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients the body needs is of paramount importance at every stage of life.  However, our relationship with food can change along with the ageing process. Sometimes older people develop problems maintaining the eating habits associated with a healthy lifestyle.

Preventing malnutrition

If these issues are not addressed, they can lead to serious health conditions. Malnutrition can be a big problem for older people, significantly diminishing their quality of life.

Fortunately, there are a number of steps we can take to guard against this eventuality, adapting meals and food preparation to accommodate the needs of older people and those living with dementia.

Eating for good health

The in-depth nutrition guide below provides details on how to maintain a balanced diet for older people. You’ll find information about malnutrition, which foods contain essential nutrients, and how to prepare finger foods, along with some recipe ideas to get you started.