Identifying and advocating for older adults who may be at risk of poor nutrition

What we eat is an important contributor to our overall health and an essential part of optimal aging. A healthy diet rich in nutrients can help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic health conditions. Approximately one third of Canadians aged 65 or older are at risk of having poor nutrition. When it comes to identifying and advocating for older adults who may be at risk of poor nutrition, dietitians, doctors, nurses, community health care workers and informal caregivers make up the “front line” team. These individuals are able to provide necessary care while offering advice and education on nutrition. Whether you are caring for an older adult or looking for trustworthy information to inform your own food choices, we have compiled some helpful resources to guide you.


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