Research News: The Mayo Clinic recently published an excellent article on nutrition that is worth sharing because malnutrition is a serious senior health issue. It is helpful to know the warning signs and how to help an older person you care for avoid poor nutrition.
Malnutrition in older adults can lead to various health concerns, including:
- 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 makes the problem worse.
But the question you might be asking is how does malnutrition begin? Here is a link to the article to learn more.
One important and often overlooked reason for malnutrition is reduced social contact. Older adults who eat alone might not enjoy meals as before, causing them to lose interest in cooking and eating. Did you know that WTSS has Community Dining and other services that can help ensure you avoid poor nutrition.
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