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The Importance of a Healthy Diet

Posted on January 13, 2010 by Sarah There have been 2 comment(s)

Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of many conditions associated with ageing, including anaemia, confusion, infections and behavioural problems. 

Many elderly people have unique barriers that prevent them from eating a healthy diet, difficulty in chewing, a sensitive stomach, and reduced appetite. By stimulating their appetite with clear images of food you may be able to reawaken their interest in food. 

A healthy diet is important and the vca menu books have found plenty of evidence that providing people with pictures of dishes could improve their health. 

The thirst sensation decreases as you get older and so the elderly may not notice they feel less thirsty. It’s very important to encourage the drinking of plenty of water and water based fluids. Other water based fluids like fruit and vegetables and soups are also an option.

The vca menu book has images of various drinks.

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2 Responses to The Importance of a Healthy Diet

  • Hello, this is Jenny and I am a nutritionist. I have just returned from Europe and have been visiting elederly in an alzheimers facility. What I do know is that when folks get older eating is a communal ritual. Older folks only have this time often to meet up and to connect. They also suffer greatly from the quality of food. The brain is the first to want glucose and nutrition is vital with Alzheimers. Nothing in their diet supported the feeding of the brain. I only saw sandwiches sugary foods and and tea. Everything is processed and lots of milk. As my father died of Alzheimer's lost his ability to swallow, I feel compelled to share some simple diet tips that I feel will vastly improve the lives of those who are aging. I have just begun my blog today on word press and am learning it. Color and texture in food is very important. How to get the government agencies who control the foods of handicapped and elderly I just do not know. Food is a medicine and should be considered as important in my view.

    Posted on March 18, 2010 at 12:26 am

  • Sarah says:

    Interesting comments from Jenny about Nutrition and the quality of the food served to people suffering from Alzheimer’s. I look forward to reading her diet tips. It would be interesting to hear the opinion of other people involved in the care of the elderly.

    Posted on March 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm