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Elderly Care: Dispelling Myths About Senior Nutrition

Jun 13, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse

Society has realized that processed foods and junk foods have a serious affect on the body and as a whole, we have taken steps to learn more about nutrition and how it affects us. With that said, there is a lot of information out there and with that comes a lot of misinformation too. Misinformation is dangerous for seniors and it is important that you have the correct information at hand. Our elderly care team has debunked some of the common myths about elderly nutrition below. Before you or your loved one makes any changes to their diet, do consult their physician first.

1. Supplements can be used to replace food. While it may seem like supplements are a good food replacement, they are not. They are designed to replace gaps that occur but should never be solely relied on in any manner. Seniors need to receive their daily nutrients from whole foods and a healthy diet plan. Should a senior solely rely on supplements, they may become malnourished or suffer gastrointestinal issues.

2. Seniors only need to drink water when thirsty. Elderly care experts warn that this can be a dangerous way of thinking because some seniors do not experience a thirst sensation and all seniors are at risk of dehydration. The best way to handle liquid consumption is to create a hydration plan for the senior to follow.

3. It’s too late to eat healthy. This could not be more wrong. Elderly care experts say that eating healthy can start at any age and seniors will reap the benefits no matter when they start and no matter how small of a start they take.

The elderly care team at Comfort Keepers is ready to help your loved one eat better and meet their nutritional goals. Call us today to learn more about our services. 

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