Good nutrition is critical to our overall health and well-being. Existing on junk food is just not an acceptable habit. Yet many seniors and older adults are at risk of inadequate nutrition. And there are many reasons why…some simply do not prepare and eat the proper foods; others lose focus and forget to eat. There are instances where the medications decrease appetite. Yet food is needed to help the body absorb the medicine.

Malnutrition in elderly adults can lead to:

— A weak immune system, which increases the risk of infections
— Poor wound healing
— Muscle weakness, which can lead to falls and fractures

In addition, malnutrition can lead to further disinterest in eating or lack of appetite – which only exacerbates the problem. Older adults who are seriously ill and those who have dementia or have lost weight are especially vulnerable to the effects of poor nutrition.