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Nutritional Needs in Older Adult Stage of Life

What are the nutritional needs for the older adult stage of life? How are the needs at this stage of life different from other stages?

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Older adults need to monitor their caloric intake while still getting sufficient amounts of nutrients. Metabolism declines since older adults tend to be less active, so calorie needs fall. As a result, food choice becomes especially important. Older adults must maximize nutrition while limiting foods high in trans and saturated fats, salt, and added sugars and emphasizing whole grains. Lowering the intake of saturated fats and cholesterol and avoiding trans fats in important in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Following the USDA's MyPlate guidelines is a good starting point, by filling half the plate with colorful fruits and vegetables. Since older adults typically live alone or with a partner, food preparation may feel ...

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This solution discusses the nutritional needs for the older adult stage of life and explains how the needs at this stage of life different from other stages. APA references are included.

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