Senior Nutrition Guidance, pt. 1

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents.


Nutrition is a vital part of health, especially for seniors. A well-balanced and nutritious diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy or another ample source of calcium can ensure that seniors have the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats they need for their bodies to function as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, healthy eating can go a long way in preventing illness, particularly diseases that are more common as people age such as osteoporosis, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

In the blog posts to follow, you will learn more about the unique nutritional needs of elderly, as well as some of the common challenges older adults face when it comes to healthy eating. Future posts will detail tips for planning a healthy diet. You’ll also find valuable food safety information for seniors, as well as resources to help older adults access the nutritious foods they need.

So, let’s get started. Our jumping off point…there are unique nutritional challenges among seniors. Staying healthy and eating a balanced diet can be challenging for aging populations for a variety of reasons. For some, the aging process alone can reduce the appetite, while others face challenges that diminish their ability to stay healthy. Problems with access to healthy food that stem from income and geography make it even harder for some seniors to maintain a balanced diet and consume the nutrients they need. Health conditions, medications and lifestyle choices can also negatively affect appetite, as well as absorption of the nutrients that help seniors maintain their health and stave off illnesses.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website:

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