Health Tip: Help Prevent Malnutrition in Seniors
(HealthDay News) -- Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, so caretakers must ensure that the elderly get enough carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice:
Provide plenty of healthy foods and snacks.
Flavor foods with fresh herbs and spices, avoiding salt.
Offer prepackaged supplements, such as nutrition shakes.
Promote daily exercise, even a little bit, to help stimulate appetite and promote strong bones and muscles.
Plan social activities centering around meals and exercise.