Senior diet issues.
All of us can benefit from healthy eating suggestions, but seniors have their own
particular set of nutritional considerations.
- The physical act of eating becomes more difficult with age.
- Dental problems, uncomfortable dentures, jaw pain and mouth sores can make chewing
difficult or painful.
- Seniors tend to digest food slowly. They generate a lower level of both saliva and
stomach acid. They do not absorb nutrients as effectively as younger people do.
- All the senses, including taste and smell, tend to diminish with age. The salty and
bitter tastes are the first to decline, leading to the danger of over-salting just
when the senior might need to cut down on salt. The ability to register sweet tastes
lasts the longest, so taste-deprived seniors often overindulge in sweet foods.