TITLE: The Importance of Nutrition in Aging Seniors with Janet McKee
David Terry, Janet McKee
In this episode, host and lawyer David Terry talked to Janet McKee, a licensed dietitian and a board certified specialist in gerontological nutrition.
He discussed the following points:
Paying close attention to nutrition should not wait until someone is in their 70’s or 80’s…people should pay close attention to this in their 50s.
As we age, we lose lean body mass because of the aging process and the hormonal changes. So it’s important to counter balance that natural process by forcing the muscles to retain stability by eating a healthy lean protein induced diet and also forcing the muscles to stay active.
Aging seniors don’t have to give up pizza or Chick-fil-A (Yay!!!) but everyone, including aging seniors should eat in moderation.
Calorie needs change as we age so it is important for aging parents to stay active and eat right.
Vitamin needs change as we age so we need to make sure aging parents get advice from physicians and begin taking multi-vitamins.
Even if someone has smoked for years, it is critical that they maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle. Smoking affects nutrition needs because smokers typically have low serum vitamin C levels. We should encourage aging parents to stop smoking, exercise, maintain healthy weight and have a lot of antioxidants in their diet, including a high source of vitamin C and would also suggest taking a multivitamin and high in antioxidants such as vitamin C.
Dehydration risks increase as we age, so its important to encourage aging parents to drink water.
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