Nutritional Status of Elders
This week, some of our reading involves learning about nutrition and its importance in healthy aging. There are many issues involved, including access to sufficient amounts of healthy foods as well as physiological changes that occur with aging that may interfere with metabolism and absorption of nutrients. Assessment of the nutritional status of elders, and understanding the importance of this factor in the quality of life of healthy aging, is part of the standard of care of aged adults. For this discussion, please address the following components of this topic: Analyze the factors affecting the nutritional status of older adults. Be sure to address at least three of the following factors: physiological, psychological, educational, and economic factors, as well as living arrangements, culture, and environment. What is the significance of these factors in older adulthood and in what ways do they impact the health status of the elderly? Additionally, why are common nutritional problems such as obesity, malnutrition, and unintentional weight loss an issue during this stage of development?