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A loss of independence or mobility can compromise a person’s nutrition. If needed, there are various ways to improve the situation.
Adults can rely on their own faculties to satisfy their basic needs, such as nutrition. Having a healthy and diversified diet is a key element to fitness. In some people, particular conditions, physical constraints or health problems can considerably hamper their ability to manipulate, prepare and eat food.
A number of factors can limit independence and mobility, and make nutrition more difficult. Here are some examples:
During the course of a lifetime, a person’s dietary needs considerably vary, depending on a multitude of factors: age, gender, lifestyle, health, etc. Aging and decreased physical activity and mobility can influence these needs. In the case of decreased mobility, caloric requirements sometimes decrease. However, they can increase in certain contexts, particularly in the presence of bedsores (protein needs also increase). Each person is unique, as are their nutritional needs.
When a person experiences decreased independence or mobility, the first thing to do is to establish a personalized nutrition plan. This plan must take into account several elements and requires an in-depth assessment of nutritional needs. A nutritionist is the professional of choice to complete this assessment and establish a dietary plan.
Individuals who find it difficult to eat well may have to deal with certain common difficulties such as:
Adapted solutions can be considered to overcome these difficulties. It is sometimes forgotten that these topics can be discussed with a healthcare professional, such as a pharmacist—this is often the first step to resolving many problems.
If you are caring for someone who finds it difficult to eat well, here are a few helpful tips.
If you or someone you love has nutrition problems, you should consult a doctor, nutritionist or pharmacist. Eating well should be one of life’s pleasures for everyone, without exception!
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