Eight Age Related Changes that Affect Seniors

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.

About Gail Douglas

Gail joined BSN Solutions as a Regional Director in March of 2013. Her role is to promote the adoption of the new dining standards and person-centered dining throughout the communities serviced by BSN Solutions. She also recruits, coordinates placement of, and supports the dietitian consultants who work with BSN Solutions in its client communities. Gail has a vast 30+ year background in long-term care, having worked within skilled nursing and rehab centers in clinical and management capacities. She holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition.
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