Elderly

Elderly individuals have unique nutritional concerns, especially as life expectancy continues to increase. Depending on genetics and the ability to resist disease, our bodies age at different rates. Good nutrition can make a significant difference in keeping the body free from disease and the dentition intact.7

Xerostomia, dysphasia, tooth loss, and economics may pose some dietary restrictions. Incorporating fiber rich foods for a healthy G.I. tract, decreasing fat intake for weight control, supplementing with a senior multivitamin for osteoporosis prevention, and maintaining hydration are important dietary recommendations. The Tufts Food Guide Pyramid below offers some additional advice for the older adult.7

Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults
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