Keyvisual Roses John

Chairman of the rose-growing-society
Rediscovered his Taste for Life

Spotting the first signs of malnutrition

We often only notice inadequate nutrition when a skirt suddenly becomes too loose or a belt no longer holds our trousers up properly. But tiredness and lethargy can also be indications of deficiencies. Inadequate nutrition often happens gradually.

Do you know your nutritional status?

When we are well, we do not think about the possibility that we too could be at risk of inadequate nutrition. But if you notice changes in yourself or people around you that indicate deficiencies of major nutrients, then don’t ignore them!

Who is at increased risk?

  • People 65+ living alone or in care homes
  • Adults after a stroke
  • People with neurological conditions such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease
  • People with: Problems chewing or swallowing, loss of appetite or immobility, psychological stress or depression, a changed sense of taste, medications

Warning signs of inadequate nutrition

  • Unintentional  weight loss in the past 3 - 6  months
  • Weak muscles
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Low mood
  • An increase in illness or infections

Any diet that does not cover our nutritional requirements bears the risk of poor nutrition. So even in the industrialised countries, inadequate nutrition and deficiencies of some nutrients are widespread.

Did you know?

1 in 3 older persons living independently are at risk of malnutrition.

The risk of malnutrition is 40% greater in people aged over 65 years than those less than 65 years.

John gets help

John often felt tired and listless, and made excuses several times for not meeting up with his rose-loving friends. But his friend Manfred still visited him regularly and finally recommended that he consult his GP.

A lengthy conversation shed light for John on the natural changes as we get older. He recognised the importance of regular, balanced nutrition for his health, and this knowledge enabled him to change his habits and regain strength and vitality.

Components of a balanced diet

Pay attention!

As we get older, we often forget to drink, or deliberately avoid doing so in order not to have to constantly visit the toilet. Furthermore, the kidney function can also be affected in old age. Thus, People 65+ often suffer fluctuations in their mineral balance, which can affect the heart, blood pressure and mental performance.