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Are Those Senior Nutrition Shakes Really Good for Aging Adults?

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Elder Care in Buford GA

For seniors, the advantages of eating healthy include improved mental capacity, higher immunity to sickness and Elder Care in Buford GAdiseases, and more energy. Malnutrition is a common issue among the elderly as seen by caregivers, and it can be very dangerous.

When to Use Nutrition Shakes

When caring for an aging parent who may be suffering from weight loss or symptoms related to malnutrition, it is always a good idea to consult a physician before adding a nutrition shake to his or her diet. A medical evaluation should be done first to figure out what is causing the weight loss. A doctor will decide if it is due to another issue or the lack of nutritional intake. If it is decided that nutrition shakes should be added to the meal regime, then the doctor will help decide what kind and how often.  If the senior is diabetic, or has other medical conditions, a special shake may be needed. There are several things that can attribute to weight loss in seniors such as, metabolism slowing down, digestive system or appetite changes, or even depression.

Medication Interaction

When starting a nutrition shake as a supplement make sure that it does not interact with any of the current medications the senior is taking. Drug interactions can be very dangerous, be sure to consult with the doctor.

Benefits of a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is very important, especially in seniors. If a balanced diet cannot be achieved through eating a proper diet, then the doctor may recommend a nutrition shake as a supplement. The benefits of a proper diet in seniors include being stronger, living longer, a keen mind, and better health overall. Specifically, it helps to reduce the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for elderly care near Buford, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.

Sources:
http://www.agingcare.com/Articles/nutritional-drinks-seniors-elderly-problems-139710.htm

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/senior-nutrition#2 
http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/understanding/diet-and-aging-gaining-a-nutritional-edge.aspx