Senior Nutrition Wake Forest NC

Senior Nutrition Talk and Assessment

Senior Nutrition Wake Forest NCSeniors 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.