Consumer Health: Nutrition challenges for seniors

March is National Nutrition Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about the particular nutrition challenges facing seniors.

Good nutrition is critical to overall health and well-being. Yet many older adults are at risk of inadequate nutrition. Changes in taste, smell and appetite generally decline with age, making it more difficult to enjoy eating and maintain regular eating habits. Other factors include illness, medications that affect appetite or nutrient absorption, restricted diets and social isolation.

Malnutrition in older adults can lead to various health concerns, including a weak immune system and increased risk of infections; poor wound healing; and muscle weakness and decreased bone mass, which increases risk of falls and fractures.

Learn more about the nutrition challenges facing seniors, and how you can help, especially as a family member or caregiver of an older adult.