Do you remember this ad line from Clairol in the 70’s? “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better.” While this statement certainly rings true when it comes to relationships, skills and accomplishments, it sadly does not reflect most people’s experiences when it comes to the physical changes associated with aging. These changes brought about by age may have a detrimental effect of nutritional status and quality of life.
Being affected by one or many of these factors may contribute to an individual losing their appetite, making poor dietary choices, or not eating enough nutritious food. That’s why it is essential that the healthcare team be aware of age- related changes that may affect a person’s nutritional status. Remember, you’re not getting older, you’re getting better at caring for the people in your community.