As you get older, it’s important to continue choosing healthy foods and enjoying eating as a social activity that you can look forward to. However, as we get older our lifestyles and appetite can change and this can affect the types and amounts of foods we eat.
A decreasing appetite or reduced ability to buy and prepare healthy foods can mean that many older people don’t get enough essential vitamins, mineral and fibre and this can contribute to general unwellness or exacerbate some chronic illness.
Vitamins and minerals can play a role for diagnosed deficiencies, which are not uncommon in older people as they may eat less, or have digestion issues due to illness or medication.
It is important to use every meal and snack as an opportunity for maximum nutrition and find ways to improve your diet to fit with your personal tastes, ability and lifestyle, even if this means asking for help from friends, family or other community services like your local pharmacist.
General information only, contact your health practitioner for your own circumstances