Nutrition is important for good health in later years. Many older adults, who experience food-insecurity may have lower cognitive and social functioning, increased odds of being hospitalized, and struggle with depression. They may also find that their physical functions are those of a much older person.
Undernourished seniors may experience the following:
- A misdiagnosis of dementia or early Alzheimer’s disease
- Dizzy spells
- Fall and fracture a bone ending up in a wheelchair or nursing home
New evidence suggests that a lack of nutrition may cause the following ailments:
- Muscle and memory loss
- Fatigue and depression
- Weakened immune system
- Digestive, lung and heart problems
- And other serious ailments
Providence Care offers assistance and has partnered with local food banks and community agencies to offer support for those seniors in need of dietary counseling and food assistance. Historically, persons aged 60 and older have been the most under-served population nationwide. If you or someone you know is in need of food please contact our office for a screening application.