Old age is the evening of our lives, but it can be a beautiful evening. As with other physiological stages of your life, old age comes with its own nutritional needs and hence healthy diet for old age becomes imperative. Old people suffer from low immunity, poor digestion, weak bones and muscles and fatigue. Requirement of vitamins, proteins, minerals, fluids and carbohydrates changes in old age. And all these nutrients have to be packaged in easy-to-digest and easy-to-absorb, small frequent meals which are spread out and spaced well over the entire day.
Older people are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. 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.
Eating right becomes more important than eating less. The diet plan for the elderly is planned around the challenges of old age and helps the elderly be as healthy as possible.