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March into Good Nutrition

Having a good and healthy diet is important throughout our lives. This becomes of even greater significance as we age. It is estimated that nearly 50% of all seniors are under nourished. Malnutrition can lead to an increased risk of hospitalization, a weakened immune system which can increase the risk of infections, decreased bone mass and muscle weakness which can lead to falls and fractures, and wounds not healing well. We know the health and wellbeing for you and your loved ones are of utmost importance and so here are a few warning signs that are often attributed to “normal aging” but should be cause for concern.

  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to eat or only able to eat small amounts
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Swelling or fluid accumulation

Some of the more common reasons that a senior is not getting proper nutrition may be a medication that does not allow for full absorption of vitamins and minerals, an inability to prepare nutritious meals, depression resulting in loss of appetite, poor dental health, disease that makes chewing and swallowing difficult or painful. There are many reasons that can attribute to not getting proper nutrition and these should be discussed with your doctor, but there are also many solutions.

Here at Hidden Springs Senior Living, we understand that proper nutrition is vital to living a healthy and happy life. Through monitoring weight, lab analysis, fluid intake monitoring, individualized diets as recommended by our in-house dietary aide, and three healthy well-balanced meals a day, we take a full spectrum approach to ensuring optimum health for our entire community. #healthy #healthyeating #healthylife #hiddenspringsseniorliving

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