Nutrition for older persons

Older persons are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. Moreover, attempts to provide them with adequate nutrition encounter many practical problems. First, their nutritional requirements are not well defined. Since both lean body mass and basal metabolic rate decline with age, an older person’s energy requirement per kilogram of body weight is also reduced.

The process of ageing also affects other nutrient needs. For example, while requirements for some nutrients may be reduced, some data suggest that requirements for other essential nutrients may in fact rise in later life. There is thus an urgent need to review current recommended daily nutrient allowances for this group. There is also an increasing demand worldwide for WHO guidelines which competent national authorities can use to address the nutritional needs of their growing elderly populations.

Our expert on nutrition is Nikita Lindegaard Nielsen can help with prevention of premature chronic diseases, which is an important component of healthy aging.

Nikita can assist with organising home delivered meals and congregate dining services assist vulnerable elderly persons by providing opportunities for nutritional and social support. She uses screening and assessment tools to identify factors affecting nutritional health and can also provide specific directions for planning, implementation, and evaluation of tailored interventions.

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