Jun 13, 2018 by Garrett Hafler
Society as a whole has become more aware of their nutritional needs and there has been a large movement towards eating healthier and better. With so much information out there about what we should and shouldn’t eat and how nutrition affects us, there is bound to be some misinformation from time to time. Nutrition of older adults is important, and misinformation can be very dangerous. Our long term care specialists want to make sure you have the information you need and below, we will dispel some of the most common nutrition myths about seniors and older adults.
1. Drinking water is only necessary when you feel thirsty. Long term care teams warn about this because it can be dangerous for seniors to follow this rule. Seniors are at a greater risk of dehydration and some older adults cannot tell when they are thirsty. Seniors need to work with their care team to create a hydration schedule and stick to it.
2. Supplements can replace food. You will find many different nutritional supplements in the grocery store or local health food store and they may look like a good idea at the time, but they can be dangerous when used improperly. Long term care teams say that supplements are good for filling gaps in nutrition but should NEVER replace food or meals. Solely relying on supplements can lead to malnutrition or even upset stomach.
3. It’s too late to start eating healthy. In fact, it is never too late to start eating healthy. Everyone can benefit from it. No matter how small of a change, it can have a huge effect on your senior’s quality of life.
The long term care team at Comfort Keepers is prepared to work with your loved one to ensure they get the proper nutrition in their diet. If you would like to learn more about our services, call our office today.