Seniors Helping Seniors® of North & East Raleigh present Senior Nutrition Talk and Assessment
Seniors Helping Seniors® of North and East Raleigh partnered with the Northern Wake Senior Center in Wake Forest on 1/31/17 to present a discussion of “Nutrition and the Senior Adult” and to provide a free nutritional assessment. Did you know?
- 25% of elderly adults are at risk for malnutrition
- Inadequate nutrition =>weight loss which can cause other complications
- Inadequate Calcium in a Senior leads to an increased risk of osteoporosis and a lack of calcium in the diet can lead to a condition called hypocalcemia, leading to muscle spasms
- Increased levels of Sodium can increase blood pressure, this can lead to risk of cardiac disease.
The discussion presented ideas for Seniors on how to maintain a nutritionally complete diet which is the foundation of good health. Some excellent tips provided included:
- Choose lean proteins
- Drink plenty of water for good hydration
- When selecting, choose whole grains over processed grains
- Limit sodium intake
- Consult a doctor or dietician to help create a diet that is nutritionally complete
How do we determine if our nutrition needs are met? There a few options:
- See your Dr. or healthcare practitioner
- Speak to a Registered Dietitian
- Take an Assessment: Nestle Nutrition Institute’s MNA (Mini Nutritional Assessment).
The good news is that the latter is now available in a self-assessment format. Go to the MNA® forms page and scroll down until you see the link for the Self-MNA®.for older adults and caregivers, and follow the instructions from there. If the assessment reveals issues or concerns contact your doctor to discuss. And remember, if you belong to a group that would benefit from a presentation on this important topic and a free nutritional assessment. please contact Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh at inhomecarenc.com or call 919-761-5346.
Also, the North Wake Senior Center is located at 235 E Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587. It provides a full slate of programs and activities for Wake Forest’s senior population. Join Senior Helping Seniors® of North & East Raleigh who sponsors Bingo the first Thursday of every month at 10:30 am, including this Thursday, February 2.
Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).