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Helping supporting loss of appetite

Interventions within the healthcare system either through carers or hospital visits are frequently driven by reduced food and water intake. 

Although Anorexia is associated with young adults, 20-30% of elderly individuals suffer from anorexia which is a major contributing factor to frailty. Reduction in protein intake also increase the likelihood of fractures when falls occur. A recent peer reviewed paper provided some strategies to encourage consistency in nutrition

Impaired protein turnover and inability of elderly to make balance between protein requirement and intake is known to adversely affect their health. Lower protein levels are not only associated with chronic muscle wasting, but also affects the bone health leading to functional loss. The elderly are recommended to eat portions of protein throughout the day, i.e. equal amounts during breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Due to metabolic alterations during ageing, the ability to produce muscle protein is reduced massively.

Nutritional Interventions for Elderly and Considerations for the Development of Geriatric Foods