Nutrition and Ageing
Never get too old to change your 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 issues. 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.
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.
When age-induced changes affect quality of life, the focus is often on medical questions and drugs. But in adults 65+ in particular, a good nutritional status is an important prerequisite for remaining active and enjoying a good quality of life.
John is 68 years old. He is a retired Science teacher who loves spending time with Sarah, his wife of 40 yrs, and Megan his granddaughter.
Since John has become older, he has recognized that he struggles with the daily routine: every day tasks and being social with his family and 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.