Some further issues in elder nutrition:
- The human metabolism slows with age. This often comes at a time when the senior becomes
less active. Weight gain is the obvious danger.
- Emotional problems brought on by loneliness, losing a partner, change of routine,
or illness and disability can easily lead to overeating, eating too little, or craving
less-than-healthy foods and snacks.
- Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory problems or just a slowing down of the thinking
process can lead to overeating, eating too little, or eating non-nutritious or even
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications can diminish taste, make foods taste
different, cause nausea, and reduce appetite.
Because of the above factors, seniors—both overeaters and those who eat too little—risk
poor nutrition (and even malnutrition, regardless of their financial abilities).