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Eat right at any age

We should try to eat well at every stage of life, but this is especially true for seniors. Most older adults don’t get all the nutrients they need, which can lead to malnutrition. Sometimes depression is to blame, or perhaps ill-fitting dentures make chewing difficult. Medications can also suppress appetite or make food less appealing. Whatever the reason, not eating well can lead to digestive and heart problems, muscle weakness (leading to falls and fractures), a weakened immune system and a greater chance of serious infections—even death. If you think a loved one may be malnourished, spend time with him or her at meals to witness eating habits and look for outward signs of malnutrition, such as easy bruising, poor wound healing, dental problems and weight loss. Or ask your loved one’s doctor to test his or her protein levels, which can help spot malnutrition.