Rediscovered his Taste for Life
Getting older influences our body
Our body changes with advancing age. Ageing occurs in all cells, tissues, and organs, and these changes affect the functioning of all body systems, some visible, others less so. Our entire metabolism slows down, cells are no longer renewed as quickly and our state of health can go out of balance more easily.
Good nutrition can make a real difference
There are a large number of age-related health complaints. Ageing itself cannot be halted, but a balanced diet and regular exercise can make a significant contribution to our health and capability.
If we are aware that getting older brings with it physical and mental changes, then we can make sensible adjustments to our own nutritional habits. With a balanced and varied diet, we can remain active longer.
The aim: A good nutritional status as we get older
When age-induced changes affect quality of life, the focus is often on medical questions and drugs. But in people 65+ in particular, a good nutritional status is an important prerequisite for remaining active and enjoying a good quality of life.
If we have an unbalanced diet or only eat small meals, we increase the risk of poor or inadequate nutrition. Over a longer time period our body then lacks vital nutrients, and the first symptoms of deficiencies appear.
John is 75 years old. He is a retired physics teacher who loves spending time with Mark, his best friend, and Catherine, his granddaughter. To balance out the rationality of physics, John plays jazz on the piano, and has joined the garden club. Due to his generous and methodical personality, he has become their chairman.
Since John has become older, he has recognized that he struggles with the daily routine: being open and flexible for all his friends is becoming exhausting for him, and he often feels tired. His appetite has decreased and he only eats small portions, so he has lost weight because his regular diet is insufficient to meet his energy and nutrition needs.