Nutrition is key factor in determining the overall health and well-being of the elderly population. Older persons are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. Up to 16% of pensioners in retirement villages are thought to be deficient in protein and calories1 and up to 35% are deficient in certain minerals and vitamins2. If we consider the importance of nutrition in maintaining quality of life these estimates are rather staggering. However getting adequate nutrition can be a challenge with age. Generally as one ages ones appetite begins to decrease, the ability to taste food declines and some foods may be difficult to chew. In addition the body becomes less efficient at absorbing key nutrients. So several important nutrients in particular may be in short supply as you get older.
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