Health Tip: Help Prevent Malnutrition in Seniors

(HealthDay News) -- Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, so caretakers must ensure that the elderly get enough carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice:

  • Provide plenty of healthy foods and snacks.

  • Flavor foods with fresh herbs and spices, avoiding salt.

  • Offer prepackaged supplements, such as nutrition shakes.

  • Promote daily exercise, even a little bit, to help stimulate appetite and promote strong bones and muscles.

  • Plan social activities centering around meals and exercise.

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