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Nutrition shortcuts when you live alone
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With regard to the energy requirements and taking into account that the digestions tend to be slower is not very well documented that the energy requirements (decrease of basal metabolism) decrease with age, especially now that the activity is higher in the elderly. Diets with a lower caloric intake to 1800 kcal for women and 2300 kcal for men, are likely to be inadequate in protein and micronutrients, and must therefore be avoided. For the calculation of the energy requirements should be taken into account that it is necessary to maintain a balanced energy balance on the basis of the physical activity and the basal energy expenditure (which has not been clearly demonstrated that diminish with age). In addition the experience has shown that on this group of the population has most harmful effects the reduced intake (high prevalence of malnutrition), that a moderate excess weight. Which leads to think that it must be “generous” in recommendation energy, without reach nor the risk of obesity. It thinks DR? Many thanks
What is intended to develop a diet for higher in a diet for the elderly should be ensure a good availability of nutrients, some culinary preparations pleasant and a physical framework welcoming and without voltages (Aranceta, 1988). 1. The allowances shall be simple and easy to prepare. 2. The food will have a bright and pleasant. Presentation 3. Fractionate the diet in 4 or 5 meals a day. 4. The last meal will be frugal or light. 5. The liquids and juices will constitute a single shot or be supplied between meals. It is preferable to the consumption of moderate amounts of mineral water without gas with meals, although it allows the intake of a small amount of red wine (a cup), if it is part of the customs of the elderly and there is no medical contraindications. 6. It should be moderate consumption of coffee and exciting drinks. 7. It should not be abused of liqueurs and drinks watered down. 8. The time of ingestion should above all be an act of coexistence and social relationship. It is important that food are a vehicle of health and that the tasting is carried out within a framework of harmony. 9. Keep as far as possible the habits and personal tastes.
Very good article doctor, when adults no longer can fend for themselves should take a decision. Some people are betting on caring for their parents in their home, but there are also cases of people who bring their parents to a residence. In the same way, highlights the excellent work of day centers, that perform a great feature, allowing the elderly can sleep at home, while during the day is accompanied and assisted by professionals. Also very important the voluntary persons who help. But in the event that the elderly can fend for itself, it is also important that the family has gestures of interest in him: for example, the children and grandchildren have to visit the largest regularly. Weekly plans should be proposed, such as eating all together on Sunday and at least once a day, it is recommended that the children call by phone to their parents to know how they are, what they have done throughout the day and be able to chat a while. You can also surprise you at any time with a gift to feel special, or buy magazines and newspapers so that you can read and be informed of current issues, crossword puzzles, scrambled letters…
Thank you for your interesting articles with important information that would have to reach the final patient and be more affordable
Thank you very much for your interesting articles.
So do we need a paradigm shift?? Meals on wheels, or Wheels To Meals??. I have a trademark on that, FWIW.
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